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Death Watch

Many horses have been killed at New Zealand racetracks in recent years. Jump racing is particularly dangerous for horses. The following is an incomplete list of horses killed at NZ jump races. It does not include horses euthanased on subsequent days following injuries sustained during racing.

2019

ASSIGN

8-year-old bay gelding was euthanised after he fell during a jump and fractured his shoulder.

27 July
Taumarunui Racing Club
(Arawa Park Hurdle 3000 metres)
Rotorua
PADDY OWEN

9-year-old chestnut gelding was euthanised after suffering an injury to his right foreleg.

28 June
Otago Racing Club (Wairepo Hereford Stud Steeple 4000m)
Dunedin
CRUISEO

8-year-old chestnut gelding fell on a landing at the first fence. He collapsed and died from suspected heart failure on his way back to the unsaddling area.

23 June
Te Aroha Racecourse (Piako Mitsubishi Maiden Hurdle)
Te Aroha

2018

DONTBREAKMYHEART

6-year-old male grey gelding misjudged the final fence and fractured his left foreleg. He was euthanised after going on to finish and win the race.

28 July
Taumarunui Racing Club (Weona Family Trust hurdle)
Arawa Park
DANZA LAD

9-year-old male bay gelding misjudged the fence near the 1000 metres and fell. He was euthanised after it was found that he had fractured his right leg.

24 June
Racing Te Aroha (3100m open hurdle)
Te Aroha

2017

NELLS BELLE

9-year-old brown mare. She was killed after falling at a fence and fracturing a bone in her left hind leg.

21 September
Jolt Coffee House Open Steeplechase (4100m)
Wanganui
KINA WIN

9-year-old chestnut gelding. He was killed after breaking his left front leg.

9 September
Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m)
Auckland
WILBUR

12-year-old brown gelding. He was brought down, fractured his right elbow and was killed.

13 August
Total Storage Maiden Steeplechase (3500m)
Te Aroha
DELLEUD

8-year-old brown gelding. He fell at the last fence and broke his right hind leg. He was attended to by a vet and killed.

14 July
Equine Veterinary Services Ltd Steeplechase (4280m)
South Canterbury
WHEELER FORTUNE (exported from NZ)

5-year-old brown gelding, who fell at the final hurdle and suffered a broken foreleg. He was killed by a vet.

15 April
Somerled Hurdle
(2900m)
South Australia

2016

TWENTYTHIRTYFOUR

6-year-old brown gelding. He was euthanised after he fractured a hind leg.

28 August
Kaiser NZ Open Steeplechase
(4200m)
Te Aroha
GOOD RISK

8-year-old brown mare. She fell at the second last fence and died from a fatal cardio-vascular ‘event’.

21 August
Infusion Catering Maiden Hurdle
(3000m)
Wanganui
BUNKERED

7-year-old brown mare. After having trouble jumping the double fence on the second unit near 1300 meters, she was pulled up. She was found to have fractured her off hind stifle (equivalent to human knee), and was euthanised.

13 August
Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge
142nd Grand National Steeplechase
(5600m)
Canterbury
JEDI KNIGHT

4-year-old brown gelding. Fractured his front leg, after falling at a fence and was killed.

2 July
Cheltenham 2017 with Wheels Hurdle
(2500m)
Hawke’s Bay
TU META PETA

5-year-old chestnut gelding was euthanised after falling and fracturing his right shoulder.

6 June
The Rising Foundations Hurdles
(2760m)
Auckland
MUSASHI

6-year-old black gelding. He fell at the final jump and lay on the track for some time before being killed, after he was found to have fractured his left fore leg.

6 June
Faceup – Low Fees in Real Estate Steeplechase
(4150m)
Auckland
BAHHTON

7-year-old chestnut gelding. He was euthanised after falling and fracturing right shoulder.

6 June
K S Browne Hurdle
(3350m)
Auckland

2015

FIELD DAZE

7-year-old gelding, who broke his pelvis after falling at a fence. He was later euthanised.

25 September
Landmark Vets Ltd
(3100m Hurdles)
Te Aroha
PRESTIGIOSA

8-year-old grey mare. She fell. After being attended to by the veterinarian, she was euthanised.

13 September
Sweeny Townsend Insurance Brokers Rotorua and Bay of Plenty Hunt Cup
(3500m Open Hurdles)
SUPERCHARGED

10-year-old brown gelding. He landed awkwardly and after a post race inspection revealed a hindleg fracture, he was killed.

10 July
Jo McGartland
Memorial Rst
(3000m Open Hurdles)
Timaru

2014

DANE RULER

10-year-old gelding, euthanised after a fall.

2 August,
Riccarton Park NZI
(4250m Steeplechase) Canterbury

2013

ROBERTY BOB

10-year-old gelding who was found to have fractured his left elbow and was euthanised.

29 September
Porrit Sand (Steeplechase)
Waikato
YANGMING

7-year-old gelding fell heavily at the third to last fence and euthanised after suffering a fractured left shoulder.

29 September
Rioch (Hurdles)
Waikato
THE MISSING LINK

Landed awkwardly after jumping the fence near the 700 metres. Was found to have fractured the right shoulder and euthanised.

24 August
Karaka Demons (Hurdles)
Ellerslie
TED’LL DO

Faltered on landing when jumping the fence approaching the 1000 metres. His near hind leg was fractured and he was euthanised.

9 August
Phil’s Motorcycles (Hurdle)
Te Aroha
ST PICASSO

He fell at the fourth fence. Was euthanised after bursting an artery.

9 August
Phil’s Motorcycles (Hurdles)
Te Aroha
SUSPEND US

After hitting the fence near the 1400 metres the gelding fractured the off-front elbow and he was afterwards euthanised.

13 July
Martin Bosley Restaurant
(Hurdles)
Wellington
POST ONLINE

5-year-old gelding, fell after jumping the second to last fence and suffered a suspected spinal injury. He was euthanised.

6 July
Business Houses (Hurdles)
Marton
IZZYOSLER

Failed to rise at the fence near the 1400m. He sustained a severe injury to his near-side shoulder, so was killed.

15 June
LJ Hooker Steeplechase
Manawatu
MIKIYAMA (exported from NZ)

Jumped awkwardly and fell. Vet exam revealed muscle tear and the horse was euthanised the following day.

14 June
Warrnambool, Aus
BLAME ME

Blame Me, a 10-year-old gelding, fell badly and suffered injuries to the right fore shoulder. He was killed.

8 June
Grant Plumbing (Hurdles)
Trentham

2012

SON OF ZOFF

He fell at the fence near the 900 metres. Euthanised due to having fractured right shoulder.

19 September
The Masters (Hurdles)
Te Arawa
SILENCE PLEASE

Stumbled on landing after jumping the last fence. Was found to have fractured both sesamoids and was euthanised.

19 September
Team Wealleans (Hurdles)
Te Arawa
NOSUCHNUMBER

Jumped several fences awkwardly. Killed after she was found to have fractured a shoulder.

3 September
Super Liquor (Hurdles)
Te Aroha
KEEP AHEAD

Broke down in the home straight on the first occasion sustaining an injury to the off hind leg and was subsequently euthanised.

30 August
Garden Edge (Hurdles)
Hawera
SOUTH ROAD

Sustained a fractured distal radius of the left foreleg on the second to last hurdle, and was euthanised.

13 July
Lion Beverage (Hurdles)
Canterbury
LLANAPRIZE

Was pulled up by rider and afterwards euthanised, having suffered a fracture to the right foreleg.

June
Barry Burge (Steeplechase)
Te Aroha
CLIMBING HIGH

Broke a leg in final training and was euthanised.

17 May
Waikato
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