Marching Song connections believe he was electrocuted

Graham Thorner, co-owner of the five-year-old and former jockey, was said to be in tears after Marching Song collapsed and died in the parade ring at Newbury on Saturday. Trainer Andy Turnell said: '"I was just about to leg up [jockey] Nick Scholfield when the horse veered away and collapsed. He was dead within ten seconds. There is a feeling he may have been electrocuted."

Thorner's co-owner Robert Garner said: "One of the horses had done a real strange cavorting move and then ours came round and went over and couldn't get up like a normal horse. I'm told when they went to touch him they got an electric shock and then when they went to take the head collar off they got another shock."
 
 
Kassidy Kid, trained by Nicky Hnederson, was withdrawn at the satrt. He said:
It is impossible to know what happened. My horse did something peculiar before those two went down. He was down on the ground on his hind legs.


"Luckily he got back up on to the rubber. I went down to the start with him and then I took him out. It appears that there is a problem area in the parade ring so you can see their point as one cannot risk this happening again. It was the most horrific thing I think I have seen. I have been racing for 33 years and I have never seen anything like it."

A decision will be made on Monday as to whether the meeting will be rescheduled. All parties will be involved in the talks including Saturday's big-race sponsors Totesport, Newbury racecourse and the BHA.

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