The case of an Oxfordshire jockey charged with indecently assaulting an air stewardess on a flight is to be sent to crown court.

Timmy Murphy, 27, who rode the winning horse in the Irish Grand National last year, is alleged to have fondled the woman in first class while he was drunk.

They were on a Virgin flight from the Japanese capital, Tokyo, to London's Heathrow airport, on April 14.

Murphy, of Tucker's Road, Faringdon, spoke only to confirm his name, age, and address during a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court, in London, yesterday.

Murphy did not enter a plea to the charge.

Presiding magistrate Marion Quinn renewed the jockey's bail, which is conditional on the surrender of his passport.

She told him to return to the court on Thursday, June 13, for a committal hearing to send the case to crown court.