RSPCA, Racing Qld investigate horse death at Clifford Park

A TWO-PRONGED investigation has been launched into the death of a horse at Clifford Park.

The RSPCA and Racing Queensland are both looking into the incident.

An industry source said the horse had drowned in a pool.

Toowoomba Turf Club chairman Bob Frappell confirmed both organisations had spoken with him regarding the circumstances surrounding the animal's death.

He strenuously denied any wrong doing, saying the incident was a "beat up".

"There is nothing in this," Mr Frappell said.

"It was a tragic accident.

"A horse got killed."

He was not willing to go into the details of the incident, preferring to wait for the finalisation of a Racing Queensland investigation.

"So far, they have interviewed nine people."

He denied reports that a staff member at Toowoomba Turf Club had been sacked for reporting last month's incident.

Mr Frappell said he himself had contacted Racing Queensland the day it happened.

"There was a guy who came in here after it and resigned."

He stressed the investigation was open and nothing was being covered up.

"We've done everything we can to be open and honest and are quite happy to be scrutinised."

An RSPCA spokesman confirmed his organisation had done an initial investigation.

"We received an anonymous complaint and followed up on that," the spokesman said.

He said if anyone had further information, the RSPCA would be happy to receive it.

Racing Queensland CEO Darren Condon said the matter was being investigated by the organisation's integrity regulatory unit.

"It would be inappropriate to comment until such time that process has been completed," he said.

"The welfare and safety of all participants involved in the industry, both animals and people, is of highest importance to Racing Queensland."



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