Race-goers at Cheltenham were 'sharing sexual photos of jockey Lizzie Kelly' as she became the first woman to compete in the Gold Cup for more than three decades, it has been revealed.
Hundreds of people in the crowd had viewed the leaked explicit material online, according to The Sun.
The jockey, 23, had previously said competing in yesterday's race was a lifelong dream after overcoming sexism and what she calls 'trainer's daughter syndrome' to get to her position.
Jockey Lizzie Kelly is believed to have been aware the images had been leaked
She unfortunately crashed out of the race early when she fell off her mount Tea for Two at the second jump.
Following the race she told the Daily Mail: 'I'm gutted. An opportunity has gone. A long build-up for not a lot of pizzazz.'
All the while it has been claimed the sexual images were being sent round the circuit on smartphones.
Miss Kelly is thought to have been aware that the material had been leaked but it is not known how it got in the public domain.
Miss Kelly became the first woman to compete in the Gold Cup for more than three decades on Friday
The jockey falls off her horse Tea for Two on the second jump
LIZZIE KELLY FACT FILE
Career wins: 42
Rides for stepfather trainer Nick Williams and mother Jane.
First female jockey to win a Grade One over jumps when successful on Tea For Two in the 2015 Kauto Star Novices' Chase.
Most valuable win: Agrapart (2016 Betfair Hurdle).
Gold Cup mount Tea For Two is a 66-1 outsider.
A source close to Miss Kelly said: 'The images have been going around for a year now.'
Miss Kelly's step-father Nick Williams is a horse trainer and she has been riding racehorses at his stables in Devon from the age of ten.
In 2015 she became the first woman to win a top-level race in the country.
Speaking last week ahead of the race she said: 'Probably more than any other 'girl reference' in my career, being in the Gold Cup is an appropriate topic.
'I can see why people want to talk about it. There is a nice vibe from everyone I speak to.
'It's an open race. I can't expect anything, but to be in the enclosure at the end would be great.'
'Gutted': Miss Kelly looks dejected as she is walked off the course by her mother Jane Williams
The 23-year-old has been riding racehorses since the age of ten