More information on the steward's reports from Fairfax. I could not find any information in any News Corp articles but probably looked in the wrong area. The incident described of the death of the 2yo is pretty confronting when you consider what the poor animal was subject to as it seems more than "400 Metres"
Quirindi trainer disqualified from racing for taking horse to knackery
By Chris Roots
January 22, 2020 — 6.59pm
A Quirindi horse trainer has been disqualified for 18 months after being found guilty of taking a racehorse to a knackery.
Racing NSW stewards discovered the fate of seven-year-old Snippet Assured – which had run 20 times without a win – during an audit of Ian Symons' stable in December. Symons eventually admitted he had taken the horse to the knackery after its final start in August.
Racing NSW has disqualified five licencees on charges relating to horse welfare this week.
He was given a six-month discount on a two-year ban after pleading guilty to the charge and co-operating with stewards.
It was also found the stable had misled the owners of Snippet Assured, telling them the horse had been rehomed on October 8.
Stablehand Rachel Wotzlaw was given a four-month disqualification for providing the information on Facebook messenger, “when she knew at that time that Snippet Assured had been delivered to a knackery to be disposed of.”
Horse welfare was brought into the public arena when the ABC's 7.30 reported on the treatment of racehorses on October 17 last year. The report focussed on horses being killed at abattoirs and was broadcast only days before the running of Australia’s richest race, The Everest.
The Symons case was one of three horse welfare inquiries this week, which have seen five licensees disqualified from the sport.
Chief steward Marc Van Gestel said horse welfare had always been paramount to Racing NSW and Snippet Assured’s death was discovered in a routine stable audit.
“It is disappointing that we still find cases like these, but the procedures are in place to follow horses during their career and beyond,” Van Gestel said. “We have rules in place to deal with these cases and the penalties are severe for those breaching the rules.”
In an other case, Murwillumbah trainer Paul Robbins was disqualified for 12 months “for failing to provided veterinary treatment to a horse where such treatment [was] necessary” after Ballesteros had to euthanised on October 19.
Stewards found Robbins had not provided the necessary care after Ballesteros showed signs of soreness in the 10 days leading up to its death. The trainer plead guilty to the charge.
His foreman, Susan Robbins, was also found guilty and given an eight-month disqualification.
In the third case, Warwick Farm track rider Patrick Shanahan was disqualified for 13.5 months for committing an act of cruelty when he rode Sandaney in a manner that contributed to it collapsing and suffering a catastrophic injury, breaking both its front legs.
Shanahan was found not to have followed the instructions of trainer Rick Worthington to slowly work Sandaney on the polo fields on December 30. Instead he worked the horse on the polytrack at “faster than slow work” for two laps.
The distress of the horse was clear before it collapsed in front of trainers and Warwick Farm trackwork supervisor John McGarr, who all gave evidence during the inquiry.
Shanahan was found to have use a non-approved whip “unreasonably and/or excessively” in the final 400 metres of the unapproved work, which was deemed an act of cruelty. He was also fined $500 for using the unapproved whip.