Newton Abbot Races Marred by Fatal Injuries to Four Horses, Prompts BHA to Launch Full-Scale Inquiry

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has initiated an investigation following a tragic day at Newton Abbot, where four horses suffered fatal injuries.

This has left the racing community reeling from the unexpected losses.

A Popular Course Faces Unprecedented Losses

Newton Abbot, known for its summer jumping fixtures and cherished by owners, trainers, and racegoers alike, faced unprecedented sorrow.

The day started with Happy Helen, a promising three-year-old filly trained by David Pipe, pulling up due to irreparable leg damage during the juvenile maiden hurdle.

Series of Heartbreaking Events Unfold

The distress continued with subsequent races witnessing more tragedies.

Huelgoat, a seven-year-old gelding under Paul Nicholls’ training, fell fatally during another hurdle contest.

Shortly after, Cuzzicombe, trained by Polly Gundry, was pulled up due to catastrophic injury in yet another race.

The day culminated in Joe Tizzard’s Bala Brook failing to finish his race and not returning to the stable.

High Number of Non-Finishers Raises Concerns

On ground described as good, with some areas firm, a significant number of horses—20 out of 75 starters—failed to finish their races, prompting serious concerns.

The BHA has emphasized the rarity and seriousness of losing four horses in a single fixture, pledging a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding each incident.

Prominent Voices Express Sorrow and Commitment to Investigation

A spokesperson from the BHA expressed deep sympathy, acknowledging the profound impact on all involved in caring for these horses.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director of Newton Abbot, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing their full cooperation with the BHA’s inquiry to uncover the full facts and ensure the safety of future races.

This tragic day has underscored the risks inherent in horse racing, prompting a collective effort to understand and address what went wrong to prevent such incidents in the future.

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