Robbie Dunne threatened to cause Bryony Frost "serious physical harm" on the racecourse, a disciplinary panel has heard.

Dunne, 36, confronted his colleague after his horse Cillian's Well died in a fall at Southwell on September 3 2020.

It is alleged he told Frost, who was on Wisecracker, in the weighing room: "The next time I ride against you, I promise I will put you through a wing [the side of a fence]."

Frost's complaint about what happened to a steward at the track led to a British Horseracing Authority investigation – and its subsequent hearing began on Tuesday.

Delayed by over five hours due to legal discussions, the case was outlined by the BHA's representative Louis Weston.

Dunne admitted a breach of the sport's rule (J) 20 – acting in a violent or improper manner towards Frost on September 3 last year – but denies several other charges.

Weston said: "We say that he has behaved towards her in a bullying, harassing (way) and that he has used foul, sexually abusive and misogynistic language towards her and threatened to cause her serious physical harm by injuring her at the racecourse.

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"That conduct we say is prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horse racing."

Weston revealed how the issues began after Frost stood up to Dunne, when he had no clothes on in the weighing room.

"It starts with Mr Dunne behaving we say in an inappropriate way in the weighing room. He had been in the sauna. He got up and he displayed his naked self to her in a way that was unacceptable and obviously so."

Weston claimed they fell out and Dunne would "bully her in front of others."

Scottish Grand National-winning jockey Dunne denies verbally abusing and threatening Frost at Stratford on July 8 and Uttoxeter on August 17 2020, as well as bullying and harassing her between February 13 and September 3 of that year.

He is also accused of conduct prejudicial to the good reputation of the sport and acting in a violent or improper manner.

Weston claimed Dunne would tease Frost, with one occasion coming after her post-race interview when Frodon won at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

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The performance in the Ryanair Chase saw Frost become the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 at the prestigious meeting.

It was also alleged Dunne rode in a deliberately intimidating way towards Frost at Leicester in February 2020, before launching into a foul-mouthed tirade at her five months later.

He accused her of riding dangerously during a race at Stratford on July 8, following another race featuring Cillians's Well and Wisecracker.

Footage showed Dunne pointing his finger at Frost after they crossed the line and pulled their horses up.

"If you ever murder [cut across] me like that again, I will murder you," Dunne allegedly said.

The panel, chaired by Brian Barker, saw several clips of the jockeys competing against each other.

Frost complained to the sport's regulatory body after tearfully reporting her concerns to her family, members were told.

"The sport is dangerous enough without someone deliberately coming after you," Weston added.

Up to six days have been set aside for the case, which is being held at the BHA headquarters in London.

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