Four racehorses die during meeting at Musselburgh

POSTED ON  |  05-12-2018

Musselburgh racecourse
An investigation has been launched after four horses died during one single meeting in East Lothian. The British Horseracing Authority will inspect Musselburgh Racecourse after Leather Belly, Smart Ruler, Sierra Oscar and Kensukes Kingdom lost their lives on Monday. The winner of the first race, Kensukes Kingdom, was badly lame at the finish and was subsequently destroyed. mart Ruler collapsed and died, whilst two others, Sierra Oscar and Leather Belly, both broke their legs with fatal consequences.

A BHA spokesperson said: "The incidents at Musselburgh were extremely distressing for everyone involved in the sport, not least for the owners of the horses and the trainers and stable staff who cared for them through their lives.
  • "For four horses to be fatally injured on one day of racing is very rare.
  • "Owing to the sport's investment in welfare research and education and ongoing programme of innovation and improvement, the average fatality rate in Britain over the last few years has reduced to around 0.2% of runners.
  • "Everyone in British racing is committed to reducing risk and making racing safer for our participants.

"As the sport's independent regulator we obviously treat issues such as this very seriously and work will now be undertaken to identify if there are any risk factors at the course or with the horses that might have contributed to these incidents.
  • "We will work with the racecourse, and the BHA's inspector of courses will be visiting Musselburgh in the coming days to carry out a full inspection.
  • "Where appropriate some of the horses are also being sent for post-mortems to establish more information, including for one of the horses whose death seems to relate to a sudden collapse."

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