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Eagle Farm Security Scare After Baldwin Stable Break-In
A "security scare has surfaced in the on-course stables at Eagle Farm on the eve of Queensland's showcase Stradbroke Super Saturday" after leading trainer Barry Baldwin "reported to officials a suspected break-in at his stables situated near the 600m" reported The Courier-Mail. The 3YO filly Saraji (entered for next Monday's public holiday meeting at Doomben) "was the only horse targeted in a ham-fisted attempt to administer an injection late last week". In a "swift reaction to the break-in, Brisbane Racing Club officials have significantly stepped up security patrols at night in the countdown to the meeting at Eagle Farm on Saturday" (where the $1 million Stradbroke is the feature race). Closed circuit television footage of Baldwin's stables shows a "sedan driving through the area in close proximity on the night it was suspected Saraji's stable was invaded" but Baldwin noted: "Unfortunately there is a black hole of stables including Saraji's in the CCTV footage. It's likely someone entered the stable around Thursday night last week. We only noticed the puncture marks on her neck early this week. There were 9 marks on one side of the jugular vein & 3 on the other side. Only when the punctures became infected & the swelling appeared did we realise what had happened. I reported it to (chief steward) Wade Birch & he ordered a full swab sample from the filly. We also did our own blood testing & there doesn't appear to be any major problem. The thing that has me baffled is why anyone would target Saraji. She wasn't racing that weekend. We've been hot bathing the area & seem to have things under control. The swelling is subsiding." Saraji will not be a starter "until the results of the swab sample are notified to Racing Queensland around the middle of next week". Meanwhile racing officials "have contacted police with some information on the incident & trainers have been placed on high alert leading into the biggest meeting of the year".