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GOLD CUP MAN 'HIT IN FACE'.

A chartered accountant was attacked at horse racing's Cheltenham Gold Cup National Hunt Festival by another accountant in a row over queue-jumping, a court has heard.

Paul Evans, 37, of Timbers Square, Roath, Cardiff, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm on James Terry, 45, of Godalming, Surrey, who suffered a serious eye injury, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

Mr Terry, was having lunch with friends at the Cheltenham Racecourse's exclusive Gold Cup restaurant during the festival meeting on March 12 last year before the incident.

Prosecutor Ed Lucas told the jury Mr Terry was insulted when he commented about Evans trying to queue jump at a Tote betting kiosk moments before the Four Mile Chase. After the race, Evans is alleged to have approached Mr Terry's table and punched him.

A retinal tear caused by glass from Mr Terry's smashed spectacles had to be operated on.

'This was totally unprovoked,' said Mr Lucas.

Mr Terry said he was queuing to place a bet on the favourite for the Four Mile Chase and as he neared the teller's desk Evans walked straight up to the till and said: 'Sixty quid win, six (horse number six).'

Mr Terry told the jury: 'I said, 'Hold on a minute, fella, there's a queue here' and he said, 'Hey four eyes, get a life!"

The Tote operator did not accept Evans' bet.

After the race, Evans is alleged to have strode over to Mr Terry's table.

'He said to me, 'Hey four eyes, looks like you saved me pounds 60,' and I said something like 'Jolly good',' he told the court.

'The next thing I knew was he had hit me with his fist.'

Defending David Aubrey, QC, said Mr Terry adopted 'a pompous air' in the Tote queue, provoking his client.

He said Evans had been calling out to a friend to place the bet, not trying to jump the queue.

As for Evans' 'unprovoked' attack, Mr Morgan claimed his client was reacting to Mr Terry grabbing his arm.

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