Officials from the Queensland Racing Regulatory board are looking into the death of a horse in the swimming pool at Clifford Park Racecourse on April 10, after someone called the RSPCA. According to unit manager. Norm Torpsey, there has been conflicting evidence recorded in transcripts of 15 interviews so far, some of which stated that the horse had been reluctant to go into the water.
Torpsey also reported that the dead animal had been trained by Toowoomba Turf Club trainer Michael Frappell, son of the Club’s chairman Bob Frappell. The senior Mr Frappell had been out of the country and the originally scheduled hearing (set for June 2) has been postponed until he could be there. At least six people are expected to testify at that time, including “four member of Mr. Frappell’s stable, as well as two people connected to the Turf Club who have been identified as eyewitnesses to the incident.”