Electrocution Confirmed in Two Equine Deaths
Updated: Saturday, February 19, 2011 1:07 PM
Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:11 AM
British horseracing's governing body has confirmed that the two horses that died at Newbury last weekend were killed by heart attacks as a result of accidental electrocution.
An investigation by the British Horseracing Authority found that Fenix Two and Marching Song collapsed in the paddock before the first race Feb. 12 as a result of “leakage of electricity from a cable.”
A post-mortem examination says no suspicious circumstances have been detected.
Professor Tim Morris, director of equine science and welfare for the BHA, said Feb. 17 the findings are “all consistent with the cause of death being accidental electrocution.”
The course has been cleared to hold meetings again after the electricity cable beneath the paddock was disconnected and removed.
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