‘Horrific’ Incident At Brighton Results In Tragedy When Blindfolded Horse Runs Loose On Track

by | 06.13.2017 | 6:51pm
Brighton Racecourse

A tragic accident at Brighton Racecourse in England resulted in the euthanasia of filly Just Marion, according to racingpost.com. She was loaded into the starting gate with a blindfold, which apprentice jockey Louis Steward was supposed to remove at the start of the race. Instead, Just Marion stumbled leaving the gates, unseating Steward, and ran loose around the course while unable to see. The filly suffered numerous fractures and had to be euthanized as a result of her injuries.

“The incident at Brighton was extremely sad and our sympathies are with connections of the horse,” said Robin Mounsey, head of media at the British Horseracing Authority. “The circumstances around this incident are exceptionally rare, but the incident will be assessed and, as ever, if there are lessons to be learned then the BHA and racecourse will work together to act on them.”

“It was horrific, I've never seen anything like it,” trainer Clare Ellen said. “It was like she'd been involved in a car crash. There was nothing they could do to save her. I was absolutely dedicated to her.”

Read more at racingpost.com.

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