Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winning rider Pierre-Charles Boudot has been charged with rape.
Boudot, 28, three-times champion jockey in France and successful in the 2019 Arc on Waldgeist, was released on £43,000 bail but has not had his licence withdrawn.
However sources in France suggest he will not partner favourite St Mark’s Basilica for Aidan O’Brien in Sunday’s French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamp.
The case concerns allegations made by a female work-rider following a party at Cagnes sur Mer on the night of February 17.
Weighing room colleague Pierre Bazire was also indicted, having been taken into custody at the same time.
He faces a charge of failing to report a crime in connection with the same allegations, while an unnamed individual was also listed, along with Bazire, as a “witness to intimidation of a witness.”
“On February 19 a young female work-rider reported to police in Cagnes-sur-Mer evidence that suggested she had been raped during the night of February 17 and 18 by a jockey whose identity was subsequently revealed by the press to be Pierre-Charles Boudot," prosecutor Jean-Baptiste Bladier said about the alleged incident.
“The case was passed by the court in Grasse to that of Senlis on account of the usual residence of both accused and plaintive, and an inquiry into the rape allegation was launched by the gendarmerie in Chantilly.
“At the end of a very long series of interviews the investigating officers took Pierre-Charles Boudot and another jockey – identified in the press as Pierre Bazire – into custody on May 10.
“Today, May 12, the criminal court in Senlis opened a hearing. The magistrate instructor has made the following decisions: Pierre-Charles Boudot is indicted for rape and is also named as a witness to intimidation of a witness; Pierre Bazire is indicted for not reporting a crime and is named as a witness to intimidation of a witness.
“The judge has placed Pierre Bazire and Pierre-Charles Boudot under judicial control. At the request of the court Pierre-Charles Boudot may not appear in the Oise department and must give a deposit of €50,000 to the court.”
Boudot, who previously raced to a record 300 winners in a French Flat season, was charged after the two days of being in police custody.
Last year he was successful on QIPCO Champions’ Day at Ascot – and he has also celebrated Royal Ascot and Newmarket victories during his career.