Jumps racing death files

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 1 January 2010

Jumps racing is a dangerous ‘sport’ for horses. Victoria is now the only state to still allow jumps racing. Tragically, as a result, horses will continue to face a high risk of falling, sustaining horrible injuries and being killed on Victorian racing tracks.

Update: Racing SA has announced there will be no jumps races next year – a massive win for horses. Hopefully, these gruelling and dangerous events are over in SA for good, and Victoria will soon follow in sparing these gentle animals from such an incredibly high risk of injury and death.

The Victorian Government and industry body are fully aware of the inherent risks of jumps racing, yet they deem it acceptable in the name of ‘entertainment’. The horses listed below weren’t asked for their consent and they were made to pay the ultimate price.

In addition to the horses who have lost their lives during races and trials, many other horses have suffered – from injuries on the race tracks, or from simply failing to win races and being withdrawn from competition and sent to an abattoir or knackery. Very few of these gentle, social animals are offered ‘retirement’, and it is often left to charities to support them after they are discarded by the racing industry.

As long as jumps racing is allowed to exist, the number of dead horses will continue to climb.

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Below, we name the known horses who have died in jumps racing (races and trials) between 2000 and 2018.

With the deaths of at least six horses reported in 2019, and at least three in 2020, it is evident that as long as jumps racing exists, the listed deaths will continue to grow, and horses will continue to suffer. Our friends at the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses include the names of these horses, whose lives were cut short unnecessarily, in their Deathwatch reports.

You can find more information about the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and donate to support their work for horses on the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses website.

Name

Injury

Date

Location

2018

     

Hammerstein

This seven year old fell at the eleventh jump, sustaining a serious injury and was later euthanased.

 

23/09/18

 

Coleraine (VIC)

 

Granddukeoftuscany

This eight-year-old landed badly on the seventh jump, sustaining a serious injury and was later euthanased.

 

9/09/18

 

Casterton (VIC)

 

Sleep’n Pete

This ten-year-old horse suffered a catastrophic fall after being forced to run his first ever steeplechase. He died from a suspected broken neck.

 

19/08/18

 

Ballarat (VIC)

 

Mujadale

Pulled up during the race with a suspected tendon injury, and was later euthanased off track.

 

22/07/2018

 

Bendigo (VIC)

 

Something to Share

Despite warnings from industry participants that the track was unsuitable for jumping, Racing Victoria pushed ahead with the day’s races. Chaos ensued in a series of catatrophic crashes that felled seven horses, killed one, heavily concussed a jockey and left another with a suspected fractured collarbone. Trainer Bryce Stanaway is on the record as holding Racing Victoria wholly responsible for the day’s carnage.

 

22/7/18

 

Bendigo (VIC)

 

About the Journey

Fell, tried to rise, before falling again and dying due to a suspected ruptured aorta.

 

14/7/18

 

Murray Bridge (SA)

 

Springbok Flyer

Died after a horrific fall.

 

8/7/18

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Now and Zen

Fell during a steeplechase, and later died due to his injuries.

 

3/5/18

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Name

Injury

Date

Location

2017

     

Surface To Air

Broke his leg during his first jumps race and was killed on track.

 

6/7/17

 

Murray Bridge (SA)

 

Just Junior

Fractured his leg during a trial, and was euthanased.

 

3/7/17

 

Cranbourne (VIC)

 

Wee Frankie

Fell and broke his neck.

 

21/5/17

 

Casterton (VIC)

 

Bring Back

Fractured his shoulder in a heavy fall over a jump, and was euthanased.

 

3/5/17

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Wheeler Fortune

Killed after falling and shattering a leg while racing.

 

15/4/17

 

Oakbank (SA)

 

Name

Injury

Date

Location

2016

     

Arwoc

Killed after sustaining crippling injuries in a heavy fall while racing.

 

25/9/16

 

Coleraine (VIC)

 

Tuscan Fire

Injured during a race and was killed on track.

 

4/5/16

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Cliff’s Dream

Fell and fractured his knee during a race. Killed on track.

 

3/5/16

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Fieldmaster

Injured during a jumps trial, and was killed on track.

 

27/4/16

 

Cranbourne (VIC)

 

Name

Injury

Date

Location

2015

     

Rabbuka

Euthanised on track after sustaining severe injuries in a heavy fall while racing.

 

13/9/15

 

Casterton (VIC)

 

Trenchtown

Injured his leg during a race, and was killed after finishing in last place.

 

25/7/15

 

Morphettville (SA)

 

Verification

Suffered severe injuries in a fall and was killed on track.

 

9/4/15

 

Cranbourne (VIC)

 

Feel the Fame

Fell on track and sustained serious injuries, killed on track.

 

9/4/15

 

Cranbourne (VIC)

 

Try Pickle

Collided with a hurdle and sustained a fractured leg. He was killed on the track.

 

5/6/15

Casterton (VIC)

 

2014

     

Shot Of Glory

Sustained a shoulder injury during jumps trials, and was killed.

 

26/6/14

 

Cranbourne (VIC)

 

Elms

Was injured during a jumps race and killed on track.

 

25/5/14

 

Casterton (VIC)

 

Show Dancer

Crashed violently into a hurdle and was killed on the track.

 

21/5/14

 

Sandown (VIC)

 

Black Moon

Fell while trialling, and was killed on the track.

 

14/4/14

 

Oakbank (SA)

 

Viva Delspec

Injured his knee in steeplechase, and was killed.

 

3/4/14

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

2013

     

End of Time

Fell in steeplechase, and was killed.

 

7/7/13

 

Casterton (VIC)

 

Mikiyama

Fell while trialling, and was killed several days later.

 

15-16/6/13

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Reckless Rat

Fractured knee, and was killed on track.

 

11/6/13

 

Warrnambool (VIC)

 

Scenic Buzz

Fell, sustained neck injuries and was killed on track.

 

17/4/13

 

Sandown (VIC)

 

2012

     

Jockey Jack

Fractured fetlock (ankle) and was killed on track.

 

18/8/12

 

Morphettville (SA)

 

Foremost

Clipped the jump, landed on his head, broke his neck (in trial)

18/7/12

Cranbourne (VIC)

The Black Oak

Fractured sesamoid in trial. Killed

15/6/12

Warrnambool (VIC)

Art Success

Killed off track due to a fractured pelvis, after competing in two races over the Oakbank weekend.

9/4/12

Oakbank (SA)

Virvacity

Injured on track, killed.

7/4/12

Oakbank (SA)

Jotilla

Injured on track, killed.

28/3/12

Sandown (VIC)

2011

Guara Grove Beast

Fell on track, killed.

3/9/11

Morphettville (SA)

Fergus McIver

Died after falling on the last jump of the race.

28/8/11

Sandown (VIC)

Nitonic

Injured after falling over a hurdle, killed.

18/8/11

Cranbourne, in trial (VIC)

Zealous

Died from an apparent neck injury after falling over hurdle.

31/7/11

Warrnambool (VIC)

Fasilenko

Injured hind leg on hurdle, killed.

20/5/11

Mt Gambier (SA)

Ledgers Dream

Fell, broke neck, died.

14/5/11

Morphettville (SA)

Shine The Armour

Fell over hurdle, broke his neck, killed.

3/5/11

Warrnambool (VIC)

Java Star

Died on the track, cause of death is disputed.

23/4/11

Oakbank (SA)

Squire Rex

Injured a tendon, fell over hurdle, killed.

19/4/11

Cranbourne (VIC), in trial

Hammerblow

Not known

11/4/11

Morphettville, in trial

Casa Boy

Broke an elbow, killed.

4/4/11

Warrnambool

2010

Tradesman’s Choice

Broke a leg, killed.

24/7/10

Morphettville (SA)

Prince Vitality