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Southwell to launch investigation

Southwell officials will hold an investigation after a second horse at successive meetings died following a stalls-related incident on Tuesday.

Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan and his team will review the starting stalls procedures at the Nottinghamshire circuit after Equitania suffered a fatal injury leaving the gates for a five-furlong handicap, in which jockey Tim Clark was unseated.

The local stewards held an inquiry, during which they interviewed the starter, Southwell's senior veterinary surgeon and Clark, and concluded that the four-year-old filly was injured after she tried to anticipate the start.

On Monday, Kellys Eye lost his life after he hit his head as the stalls opened for a six-furlong race and unseated jockey Michael Murphy. Southwell's stewards reached the same conclusion from that of the Equitania inquiry.

Maakirr also suffered a fatal injury in the same race when he broke a leg around two furlongs from home.

Duncan believes there is "no correlation" between the injuries sustained to Equitania and Kellys Eye.

He said: "We sadly had another tragic accident today from a horse emerging from the stalls from the start of a race.

"It's such a rare occurrence for this to happen, but for it to happen twice in as many days is desperately unfortunate.

"We can no find correlation between the two accidents but we will conduct our own internal investigation and examination of the stalls system.

"There is currently no link between the two accidents."