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Three horses killed in one afternoon at Wetherby racecourse

Posted 24 May 2013

Three horses were killed yesterday (23 May) while racing at Wetherby.

Milano Supreme, Distant Memories and David’s Folly were all killed after falling and sustaining fatal injuries in separate hurdle races during the afternoon.

Milano Supreme took a crashing fall at the sixth obstacle in the 2.40 Selling Hurdle. In the 3.55, Distant Memories fell in front of the stands but was quickly hidden behind screens before being destroyed. He was ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Tim Vaughan, as was the third victim of the day, David’s Folly. This filly, just four years old, suffered horrific injuries that saw the lower bones of her right hind leg shattered to pulp.

The racecourse has a notorious record for horse deaths – and this is not the first time that multiple deaths have occurred during a single day’s racing at the West Yorkshire track. On 26 April 2009, three horses lost their lives, and four were killed on 14 October that same year.

Alarmingly, seven horses have died as a result of falls at the course since Christmas alone, and a total of 30 horses within the last six years.

Says Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

‘Yet again horses have lost their lives at Wetherby racecourse. There must be a full investigation by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as to why this course has such a shocking and consistent record of horse fatalities. Next week’s race meeting must be cancelled in the interest of horse welfare, and racing suspended until the BHA can prove the course to be safe.’

Further information

For press enquiries, please call Andrew Tyler or Dene Stansall on 01732 364546.

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