Anderson and Douglas cop pleas in death of horse

04:02 AM 13 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Former trucking magnate and horse owner, Eric Anderson and trainer Glenn Douglas have pleaded guilty to six and 10 charges respectively, admitting they had lied about euthanising the horse, Talk To The Hand, minutes before the horse was scheduled to race at the Bendigo harness racing meeting conducted on 21 August 2013.

The duo have copped a plea with the authorities and have been banned from the sport for six months following the investigation.

In a bizarre twist, it has been revealed that the racehorse, who was the early favorite in the race, was buried in secret with asbestos piping, “actions which inhibited the extent of the post-mortem autopsy conducted upon the horse,” a Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) board hearing found.

The 11-time winner was due to compete in the 2150 metre race two at Bendigo last year at 7pm, but was scratched at 6.34pm after arriving at the track and becoming sick.

Talk To The Hand was put down at the track by vet Dr Sarah Jalim, who has been banned from providing vet services at harness courses for the next year.

“Its health quickly deteriorated... before the horse was euthanised,” the hearing stated.

“The fact that the horse was euthanised was not brought to the attention of the attending HRV Stewards on the night by Mr Douglas, Mr Anderson or Dr Jalim.”

Anderson and Douglas both admitted telling lies about the horse leaving the Bendigo track alive and being found dead the next morning.

By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com with reports from the Harness Racing Victoria Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board

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