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Werribee Track Under A Cloud

Thursday, 18th July 2013

Meanwhile, yesterday's Weribbee meeting has left the track, south-west of Melbourne, under a clouded future following the death of two horses, the hospitalisation of an apprentice jockey having his first ride, and the abandonment of the final two events on the card. According to dailytelegraph.com.au, apprentice Boris Thornton was taken to hospital after suffering a heavy fall when Frenchkook, trained by his father Glenn, broke a leg and had to be put down. This followed the death of the David Hayes-trained Adoboli who broke down in the sixth race. Stewards, accompanied by jockeys Craig Newit and James Winks, inspected the section of the track where Frenchkook fell, and decided to call the remainder of the meeting off. The news is a double blow for Racing Victoria, as yesterday's meeting was Werribee's last before the facility's preparation as the base for overseas Spring Carnival horses. RV chief executive Bernard Saundry announced an immediate investigation, noting: "Whatever action needs to be taken will be taken... We have expert track and facilities managers who will investigate what happened and make sure it is rectified for spring."

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