Statement from Tipperary re the horse , Let Yourself Go, Tipperary Races Thursday 6th June
Friday, 7 June 2013
In the 8:20pm race at Tipperary Racecourse on Thursday 6th of June, the horse Let Yourself Go was pulled up by his Jockey after two furlongs as he felt that something was not right with the horse.
As the field had another circuit of the track to go, the jockey attempted to guide the horse out of the line of running. Despite this, the horse collapsed on the track while the runners and riders were only three furlongs away, jumping the fourth last hurdle.
Track staff at the second last hurdle followed correct procedure to bypass the hurdle. It was not possible to erect screens in the very short space of time available as it would have compromised the safety of the oncoming runners, riders and members of staff required to hold the screens.
The veterinary staff and connections did everything they could to assist the horse in situ and when it was clear that the horse had died he was quickly and humanely moved off the track.
Tipperary regrets the loss of Let Yourself Go and extends our sincere condolences to all connections. We also deeply regret any distress caused to racegoers and viewers. Please be assured the welfare of all horses and jockeys is of paramount importance at Tipperary Racecourse. This incident will be reviewed in detail to ensure the risks from incidents of this sort are minimised in future.