Racehorses At Newbury Were Electrocuted

Tags: Horse Racing

Published: 12:39 17/02/2011

The investigation into the tragic deaths of two racehorses at Newbury last Saturday by the British Horseracing Authority has concluded that electrocution was to blame for the deaths of Fenix Two and Marching Song .

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) received post mortem information and reports from Newbury Racecourse and Southern Electric Power . Following the accident an electric cable was removed from under the parade ring at Newbury and the racecourse have now assured the BHA that the parade ring is now safe for use by horse and humans .

Professor Tim Morris, director of equine science and welfare for the BHA, said: "The authority has been officially informed that there was leakage of electricity from a cable under the parade ring in the area where the incident occurred.

Newbury will tomorrow hold the Totesport Gold Trophy meeting that was cancelled after the first race on Saturday due to the tragic accident . The meeting will be shown live on Channel 4 and has attracted good entries in all races . A competitive field of 15 runners will contest the feature Totesport Trophy Hurdle instead of the original 23 that had planned to go to post last weekend .

Joint Managing Director of Newbury Racecourse Stephen Higgins today said :Further to the BHA's statement, we are pleased that racing has been authorised for Friday.Once again we would like to extend our condolences to the connections of those horses and will continue to liaise with those affected."

 Bookmakers should have a busy day on Friday as there will be four meetings in the afternoon and evening racing from Wolverhampton .