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Racehorse collapses and dies mid-race in Melbourne

A racehorse collapsed and died in the middle of a race last week in Australia.

Eight-year-old gelding King Of Ashford threw jockey Mark Pegus to the ground after collapsing about 5 furlongs into a 7 furlong race at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne.

Mr Pegus was taken to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with concussion and an injured wrist and shoulder.

The horse is thought to have had a heart attack or suffered internal bleeding.

“Luckily the horse fell outwards because if he fell inwards Mark could have hit the running rail,” chief steward Terry Bailey told local press.

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