Reporter licked on ear by race goer on Melbourne Cup day

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A Channel 10 reporter has been mooned on live television before being licked by a female punter as Melbourne Cup festivities continue around the country. 

Revellers were seen partying in the background at the Ascot racecourse in Perth during the journalist’s Lee Steele’s live cross back to the studio. 

An unaware Steele was first interrupted by a woman who came up from behind and licked her ear.   

A female punter licked journalist's Lee Steele's ear during her live cross back to the studio in Perth

A female punter licked journalist’s Lee Steele’s ear during her live cross back to the studio in Perth 

Another punter then jumped behind Steele to moon the camera, pulling down his pants to expose his backside on live tv

Another punter then jumped behind Steele to moon the camera, pulling down his pants to expose his backside on live tv

But the crowd’s antics didn’t end there.

Another punter then jumped behind Steele to moon the camera, pulling down his pants to expose his backside on live tv.   

The quick-thinking cameraman zoomed in on Steele to crop him out but it was too late, and the footage had already aired.  

Steele laughed off the revellers’ debauchery after reporters in the studio filled her in on what happened. 

It didn’t take long for social media users to react to the gaffe, with many feeling sorry for Steele.

‘Props to quick reflexes of your camera person in zooming away from the bogan mooning at the camera and didn’t lose focus on the reporter,’ one Twitter user said.

‘@Channel10Au get your poor reporter the hell out of that disgusting mob in Perth. A woman LICKED her. then some drunk idiot mooned the camera. Is it really worth her health, being there to get tacky footage of pissed bogans?’ said another.  

The outsider Twilight Payment won the Melbourne Cup in front of empty grandstands at Flemington – as one of the favourites, Anthony Van Dyck, was put down after suffering a broken leg on the home turn.

Jockey Jye McNeil took Twilight Payment to the lead – as the horse did in last year’s Cup – but this time he hung on to secure the $4.4million first prize on Tuesday for owner Lloyd Williams, who now has seven Cup wins.

The horse hung on grimly in the home straight as favourite Tiger Moth closed in before running second, with Prince of Arran and female jockey Jamie Kah storming home for third – the third straight year he has run a place without winning the Cup.

It was a second Cup victory for Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien, who also prepared Rekindling in 2017.

But it was a bittersweet day for the O’Brien family and his father Aidan – arguably the world’s top trainer – missed out narrowly yet again with Tiger Moth while Anthony Van Dyck broke down.

The outsider Twilight Payment, ridded by Jye McNeil, won the Melbourne Cup in front of empty grandstands at Flemington

The outsider Twilight Payment, ridded by Jye McNeil, won the Melbourne Cup in front of empty grandstands at Flemington 

Jockey Hugh Bowman, who tasted so much glory with Winx, immediately pulled the horse up as it faltered badly 500 metres from home but vets quickly made the assessment that the horse was too badly injured to be saved and he was euthanised minutes later.

Despite the sadness of the Cup injury, and the empty stands due to COIVD-19 restrictions, McNeil was overwhelmed.

‘There’s too many emotions… It’s a very big moment,’ McNeil said as he rode back to the winner’s circle.

‘I’ve got goose bumps. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Joseph O’Brien, Mr Williams, and the whole family for the opportunity today.’

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