There would be no worst sight on a racecourse than the sight of a horse breaking down hopelessly.
Anybody watching race 4 at Caulfield on Wed. may have wondered what happened to Gustavus Vassa......I certainly did.
I accept that Mathew Hill could easily have missed it during the race although it did seem odd he didn't notice it at the end.
Jason Richardson couldn't even tone down his usual cheesiness as all the usual after race congratulatory stuff goes on.
Racing.com did not mention there was a horse still on the track being attended to at all before they crossed to SA.
If Racing Vic's policy on this is 'if we pretend that no-one saw it then maybe it didn't happen' is wrong.
I certainly don't want to watch it but putting the steward's vision on another race is certainly not the way to handle it........just a 'far too graphic to show' would be better.
Horses do breakdown on racecourses Racing Vic and having your head in the sand about it is a failure.
I was on track and had backed it, therefore I saw it all . The horse broke down around the 1000 metres mark and was quickly pulled up by Regan Bayliss the racecaller, Matt Hill,
made no mention at the time nor after the race. After the race the horse ambulance went around the back of the course to attend the horse, but as I did not have a pair of binoculars I could not tell whether the horse was put down or loaded on to the ambulance
Here is the stewards report:
Gustavus Vassa (GB) - near the 1000m was eased out of the race. The gelding sustained a catastrophic racing injury and was humanely euthanised. The incident will be referred to the Equine Welfare Department and the gelding has been transported to the Werribee Equine Hospital for an autopsy.