A promising race mare has sadly drowned while working on a beach south of Melbourne on Tuesday morning.
Four-year-old mare Miss Pandanus had raced four times with two wins and two placings.
In a tragic turn of events, the horse was spooked and ran into the water.
She became exhausted and wasn’t able to make it back to shore.
3AW Breakfast was told the mare ran down the beach and into the water, heading out to sea.
Trainer Mick Kent confirmed the incident on RSN 927.
He said the mare was in pre-training with David Noonan and was a tragedy for her owners and that he was devastated by the incident.
“The last time I remember anything like this happening was when I was about 17 at Frankston beach when something similar happened with a show horse,” he said.
“With Miss Pandanus, she got away and then panicked. Regardless of her talent, it was a tragic incident.”
Miss Pandanus won at long odds on debut in Geelong in June and at Sale in July before her two placings at Sandown.
Racing Victoria integrity head Jamie Stier told RSN stewards had been notified of the incident.
“A terribly unfortunate occurrence and thankfully a rare one,” Stier said.
Kent confirmed that although rare, it’s not unheard of for horses to drown after getting spooked on the beaches.
Noonan told the Herald Sun he had never experienced anything like what had happened in his career, but that once she broke free “there was nothing we could do”.