Horse injured in idiotic act

GLADSTONE Turf Club officials are seething at the idiotic behaviour of offenders who deliberately released racehorses from the Ferguson Park stables twice over the weekend.

Unknown offenders gained entry to the stables sometime between 7.15pm and 7.45pm on Saturday, tormenting six horses before releasing them from their confines.

Two of the horses were found near rail lines on Palm Dr and were reportedly lucky not to have been struck by a passing motor vehicle.

A six-year-old grey mare, Soccer Mum, was seriously injured in the incident and required urgent veterinary treatment for a large cut on her nose after colliding with a weldmesh fence – the force uprooting the concreted posts from the ground.

She underwent veterinary treatment late Saturday night and is now sporting 18 external and four internal stitches and also lost two horse shoes in the collision.

The racing future of Soccer Mum is now in jeopardy with concerns the mare may never be able to race again as a result of the injuries.

If Soccer Mum can race again her owners will need to spend about $15,000 to get her back in racing condition.

Describing the incident as an absolute disgrace, Gladstone Turf Club president Dave Weinert was more incensed that less than nine hours later four of the six horses were released from the stables again early yesterday morning.

Stressing this incident was in no way related to a successful Gladstone Cup race day held earlier on Saturday, Mr Weinert said someone had seen fit to do this because they held some sort of grudge.

“We bust our asses to keep this place going and have had enough of imbeciles like this,” Mr Weinert said.

“I have a very good idea I know who’s responsible and they will be dealt with.”

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity around the Ferguson Park stables last Saturday evening and early yesterday, or who has information in relation to the offence, should phone Gladstone Police on 4971 3222.