A jockey was caught on camera doing a Zidane- like headbutt to his four legged friend at Stratford on Sunday.
26 year old Paul O'Neill has apologised for the sudden outbirst of violence calling it a 'stupid mistake.'
The incident happened as the jockey was trying to mount his horse City Affair for the selling hurdle at the start of the race.
A ban is likely to be imposed on the Irishman for his folly as the Racing Channel revealed his vented frustration live.
But the Horse Racing Regulatory Authority last night said that contact with the horse was 'minimal.'
Zidane was sent off in the World Cup final for headbutting Italian player Marco Materazzi.