Prominent horse trainer Saab Hasan has claimed he was pepper sprayed by police and denied entry into his Flemington stables on Melbourne Cup day.
Hasan had trained a winner at Wangaratta earlier that day and was returning the runner to the stables when he claims police tried to deny him entry before being pepper sprayed.
“He (the police officer) said ‘either move your car on or I’ll arrest you.'” Hasan SEN.
“I said that ‘if you don’t let me into the course, I have no option other than to unload my horse in the street which is dangerous. But for the horse’s welfare I’ve got to do it.’
“So I got out of the car and he pepper sprayed me.”
Hasan accused the officer of being arrogant and denied that he was being aggressive towards him.
“He was just being arrogant.
“I told him I didn’t appreciate being treated this way. If I was to drive down further I would have had no access to Flemington. I explained my situation to him…
“He actually did it very quickly.
“I was probably two metres away from the officer. I didn’t threaten him. I had nothing in my hands to say that I was threatening him. I didn’t abuse him or use threatening language to him.”
Hasan has since lodged an official complaint with Victoria Police, who have not made comment on the matter.