Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Twitter
The Tartan Spartan during his earlier racing career

We have lost the big million dollar races at Warwick Farm this afternoon, but we have NOT lost high stakes horse racing, drama, action and suspense.

As you wake this morning, news is spreading across the globe of a handsome, brave racehorse being scratched from a low key race at Naas in Ireland.

The reason: because the owner thought he was dead.

And all this story is going to do is get PETA and any other bloody tree-hugging, animal rights zealot, all fired up calling for racing to be banned.

The story is simply this.

The race horse, named THE TARTAN SPARTAN (The Carbon Unit-The Real Thing), a stakes winner during his 18 start career, broke down one day at the end of a torrid run about a year back. The 8YO was vetted and it was deemed, sadly, that his racing career was over.

So Thistle Bloodstock, the owner and trainer of the horse decided it was in the horse’s best interest to put him down.

An arrangement was made and off he was transported to be euthanised. Only Jim Derwin, the man who was given the job of ending his life, looked him over at length and thought that he should live.

Months of rehab took place and after a while, a la Seabiscuit in his day, love and affection and time seemed to heal all wounds.

The Tartan Spartan recovered and was put back into work 9 weeks ago. And he stood up to the grind.

He thrived so much so that he was ready to race today at Naas with Phillip Fenton his new trainer.

Only problem was, Thistle Bloodstock had not signed the ownership papers over to Derwin. They assumed until they saw his name in the field at Naas, that he was long retired to horse heaven.

Andrew Hughes, his old trainer and partner in Thistle Bloodstock, immediately asked the Irish Horse Racing Board to stop the horse from racing. They could not do that without an actual court order, which Hughes obtained just hours before today’s race.

The ‘deceased’ horse was scratched. And further court action about who should own the horse now, is pending.

This case of course opens Pandora’s Box.

Wastage is a massive issue within the horse racing world and PETA has been on to that bandwagon for some time now. Owners not wanting to pay any more bills for retired or broken down horses occasionally do sell them off to the doggers or abattoirs are worse.

The trusty stead, and in this case a stakes winner no less, is nearly always put down when targeted like that.

This horse, the appropriately named, The Tartan Spartan, has come back to haunt the global racing game in a big, big way.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes was raced at...

Alligator Blood wins thrilling battle with Catalyst

The clash between Queensland star Alligator Blood and New Zealander Catalyst has lived up to the hype with the pair...

Fans flock to see champion Black Caviar

Black Caviar has dragged the Flemington crowd from the grandstands at her first race track appearance since her retirement after...

Peter Moody

Peter Moody set for training return

Peter Moody says he has learned a lot during his absence from training and will be taking a different approach...

Horse scratched because the owner thought it was dead

We have lost the big million dollar races at Warwick Farm this afternoon, but we have NOT lost high stakes...

Trainer charged over Melbourne Cup day stomach-tubing

Victorian trainer Richard Laming and two stablehands have been charged for stomach-tubing a horse on race day. Racing Victoria stewards...

Melbourne Cup winning trainer’s torture case moved

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir and others accused of torturing horses and corrupt betting have won a bid to move...

Bill Vlahos and his multi-million dollar lie

Bill Vlahos built an elaborate betting system for horse racing and it was a multi-million dollar lie. The Melbourne racing...

The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes retired

Star colt Yes Yes Yes has been retired with a tendon injury ending his career. The winner of the $14...

Talented sprinter suffers fatal fall at Randwick

Talented sprinter from the Gary Portelli yard Ronstar has sadly suffered a fatal fall at Randwick. Ronstar clipped heels near...

Boom horse sold cheap in online auction

One of the biggest boom horses in recent years Royal Symphony has been sold cheap in an online auction and...

Danny Nikolic denied Queensland jockey’s licence

Controversial former jockey Danny Nikolic has lost his bid for a riding licence in Queensland. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission...

Peter Moody

Peter Moody confirms plans to train again

Peter Moody has confirmed his plans to return to the Victorian training ranks with a boutique stable at Pakenham. Moody...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.