A police officer was caught "throwing a sickie" to attend Royal Ascot after he appeared on television celebrating a win, a tribunal heard.
Pc Jonathan Adams said he was too ill to go to work, only to attend the racecourse - and appear on Channel 4 Racing "jumping around" in the Royal Enclosure after Quiet Reflection, a horse he part owns, won the Commonwealth Cup.
The probationary officer faces three allegations of gross misconduct under "honesty and integrity" and, if found proven, he could be dismissed from Gloucestershire Police.
Pc Adams claimed in interview that he was ill on the days he went to the races, but found attending the meetings "genuinely therapeutic and helped him cope with stress and depression".
Pc Adams says he found that going to the horse racing was a good coping mechanism and making him feel better
He called in sick twice to watch a horse he part-owned with a racing syndicate and on a third occasion said he was ill - only to attend Royal Ascot, the misconduct hearing heard.
Stephen Morley, presenting the case for the force, told the hearing: "In a nutshell, on three occasions he deliberately reported sick in order to go to the horse races.
"There is no dispute that he reported sick and there is no dispute that he did go to the races. Pc Adams says he found that going to the horse racing was a good coping mechanism and making him feel better.
"We do not accept he was sick at all. He was throwing a sickie to go horse racing."
Mr Morley told the three-person panel the first allegation was that on September 30 2015, Pc Adams reported he was suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea but instead went to Nottingham race course to watch Little Lady Katie, a horse he part-owned with the Ontoawinner syndicate.
On April 6 2016, Pc Adams reported sick saying he had a migraine and again went to Nottingham race course to watch the same horse.
The hearing heard that same month Pc Adams had asked for June 14 to 20 off as annual leave, but his request was rejected for operational reasons.
Mr Morley said that on June 17, Pc Adams reported he was too ill to work because of irritable bowel syndrome.
Instead he went to Royal Ascot where the horse Quiet Reflection, which is one of 50 horses owned by his syndicate, won the Commonwealth Cup.
The panel watched a 10-second clip from Channel 4 Racing showing Pc Adams jumping around and celebrating Quiet Reflection's win.
"The clip suggests that the officer was well enough to come to work. He was well enough to be in the Royal Enclosure, jumping around, as you have seen," Mr Morley said.
"He was not as sick as he made out. It is not good enough to report in sick and go on a jolly. He is a public servant and he is like obligated to do what he could for the public."
Mr Morley added: "It is right to say this officer did not have a financial interest in Quiet Reflection. It is not our case that this officer has personally benefited financially from taking time off from work."
The hearing was told that during the nine-month period that the gross misconduct allegations span, the officer went to see his GP complaining of abdominal problems relating to stress.
When Pc Adams was interviewed, he said he was ill on the days he went to the races.
"He said that he found attending race meetings was genuinely therapeutic and helped him cope with stress and depression," Mr Morley said.
The hearing heard Pc Adams transferred to Gloucestershire Police in 2014 from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
After completing his training, he was posted to Barton Street police station in central Gloucester in July 2015 before moving to a different station the following summer.
Mr Morley said there was no dispute with Pc Adams being dyslexic and that he found working at Barton Street police station "difficult".
"It was a tough environment and all the officers were under a lot of pressure," he said.
The panel heard that during this period, Pc Adams reported sick on four occasions and on three of those days he went horse racing.
He said: "Should he have been going horse racing if he was suffering for diarrhoea, vomiting or a cold? He is a public servant and should be resting to make sure he should be returning to work as soon as practicable.
"If he was worried about passing on germs, why has he gone horse racing? In relation to Royal Ascot, he tried to get the time off, but he wanted to go and he did go."
Richard Shepherd, a barrister representing Pc Adams, said the officer was of "impeccable character" but he was doing his best while working at the Barton Street station.
"You have the revolving door of sergeants and supervisors and then you have a probationary officer lobbed into this maelstrom, with dozens of cases to manage and no supervision," Mr Shepherd said.
"He is a hard-working, diligent officer who was doing the best he could with the inexperience he had.
"Pc Adams did his best to manage the symptoms of his condition. He did so with his affinity to horses.
"There is nothing dishonest about that. There may be failings but it's not dishonest."
Mr Shepherd suggested that there are many different activities a police officer could undertake to relax, such as hill walking, sailing, going to the gym or the spa.
"They might sit in front of the telly watching Judge Rinder," he said. "There is a value judgment because he went horse racing.
"He has a stress-related condition, aggravated by his workplace, and he tried to alleviate that by his affinity and closeness to horses."
The hearing continues.