Stewards at Bendigo were notified that Talk To The Hand was late when he was scratched from Race 2. Apparently he was pulling out because, reportedly, he had become grievously ill. In fact, Talk To The Hand was euthanized.
One of the Harness Racing Victoria stewards said that Talk To The Hand was a late scratching at 6.34pm on veterinary advice.
Even though two months have gone by, the horse’s unexpected, sudden death continues to be the subject of a stewards’ inquiry. The stewards started looking further into the death. They located the body of Talk To The Hand and samples for testing were taken.
The analysis of the samples is still ongoing. The stewards have contacted a number of people that had contact with the horse. Also contacted was trainer Glenn Douglas who was scheduled to drive Talk To The Hand on the night of the horse’s death.
Douglas is from Strathfieldsaye near Bendigo. He had no idea what caused Talk To The Hand to fall so severely ill as to cost his life. But he is anxious, like everyone else, to know more about the horse’s strange death after the inquiry and test results come back.
Douglas confirmed that all horse deaths require a stewards’ investigation. This was also confirmed by HRV chief operating officer Brant Dunshea.
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My Source: Daily Telegraph