The Deaths

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: 

 The horse

 The date

 The location

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.