seems theres more animals getting effected by whatever is going on.
A horse trained by Cotswold trainer Jonjo O'Neill has died unexpectedly, halting racing at Newbury.
Fenix Two, and another horse, Marching Song, collapsed and died in the parade ring before the first race.
An inquiry and immediate post-mortems were announced, with the reasons for the deaths unknown amid speculation the horses died from some form of
electric shock emanating from underneath the paddock.
Some horses had already made it down to the start and there were reports that others had "wobbled" on entering the paddock.
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Jonjo O'Neill, who owns stables in the Cotswolds, said: "Kid Cassidy was in front and he took a turn.
"We thought he was bucking and kicking and he went down on his knees then he seemed to be OK.
"Mine reared up and we couldn't get him back, it was like he was stuck to the ground. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in my life."
Nicky Henderson was quick to withdraw his runner Kid Cassidy, while Andy Turnell, trainer of Marching Song, said: "It looks like they've been
electrocuted. My fellow seemed perfectly all right and I was about to leg him up but he just went straight down."
Denman's owner Paul Barber was in the paddock and said: "The girl of Turnell's said she felt a tingling as she led them round and then Nicky's horse
"They were getting the shocks off the grass, not off the tarmac. I've never seen anything quite like that ever."
Stipendiary steward Paul Barton said: "We are going to hold an inquiry and interview those connected with the horses."
Despite running the first race, a decision was taking to call the rest of the meeting off.
A statement released at 2.10pm read: "The Newbury executive have decided that racing today has been abandoned."
edit on 12-2-2011 by welshbeliever
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