On the opening day of Oakbank carnival, the ‘sport’ of jumps racing has claimed another victim – Virvacity. A 10 YO who has earned over $420,000 for his owners, Virvacity was no stranger to jumps racing.
CPR fieldworkers were situated around the racecourse, knowing that there was a high likelihood a horse would fall and die. Oakbank racing club knew this as well, as they strategically placed green screens around the racecourse next to the jumps in preparation for the deaths.
When Virvacity was killed, racegoers and punters were making snide comments about the horse’s death and sniggering at the fact that his lifeless body was hidden behind a green screen.
John Glatz, the chaiman of Oakbank said that the highlight of the carnival will be seeing horses go over the jumps safely. He must have felt embarrassed.
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