South Australian jumps racing deaths from 2009 to 2017
Since 2009, 17 horses are known to have died in South Australia as a result of jumps racing. Wheeler Fortune fell during the running of the Somerled Hurdle at Oakbank’s Easter Racing Carnival.
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He is the 17th horse to die during a South Australian jumps race since 2009. A total of 79 horses have died in Australian jumps races since 2006, with South Australian and Victoria now the only states left that allow this cruel and unnecessary ‘sport’ to continue.
Deaths include the following:
|Wool Zone||25 April 2009||Morphettville|
|Taken at the Flood||25 April 2009||Morphettville|
|Keepara Lass||18 August 2009||Morphettville|
|Satu San||5 April 2010||Oakbank|
|Marc of Thunder||5 April 2010||Oakbank|
|Trademan's Choice||24 July 2010||Morphettville|
|Hammerblow||11 April 2011||Morphettville (trial)|
|Java Star||23 April 2011||Oakbank|
|Ledgers Dream||14 May 2011||Morphettville|
|Fasilenko||20 May 2011||Mount Gambier|
|Guara Grove Beast||3 September 2011||Morphettville|
|Virvacity||7 April 2012||Oakbank|
|Art Success||9 April 2012||Oakbank|
|Jockey Jack||18 August 2012||Morphettville|
|Black Moon||14 April 2014||Oakbank (trial)|
|Trenchtown||25 July 2015||Morphettville|
|Wheeler Fortune||15 April 2017||Oakbank|
Who will be next?
Multiple reports and reviews have been conducted both domestically and internationally into jumps racing, which outline the dangers these events pose for horses.
Boden (2006), Pinchbeck (2003) and others have written scientific reports relating to risk factors associated with thoroughbred and jumps racing.3,4 In addition, Racing Victoria Ltd has conducted reviews into the sport. Thoroughbred Racing New Zealand also commissioned its own review into the health of jumps racing in 2006.
Despite recommendations to modify jumps or stop the sport outright, jumps racing and therefore horse injuries and deaths have continued.
1. RSPCA renews call for ban on jumps racing after horse dies at Oakbank – The Advertiser's News website – published 14 April 2014
2. Steeplechase horse death sparks renewed calls for jumps racing ban - ABC News Online, published 03 April 2014.
3.Boden et al (2006) 'Risk of fatality and cause of death of Thoroughbred horses associated with racing in Victoria, Australia: 1989-2004.' Equine Veterinary Journal 38(4) pp312-318.
4. Pinchbeck et al (2003), 'Case-control study to investigate risk factors for horse falls in hurdle racing in England and Wales. The Veterinary Record 152, 583-587.