A reward has been offered for the arrest of the person responsible and a plea issued for money for extra security as the horror builds over a sickening spate of horse slashing attacks in Goondiwindi.
Four-year-old gelding Fitzroy Boy is the latest to fall victim to the atrocious attacks which have left several racehorses with unexplained gashes in their necks in separate incidents in the last three months.
Fitzroy Boy’s trainer Barry Sheppard suspects the neck wound to his horse was inflicted by a Stanley knife.
Police are investigating and the Goondiwindi Race Club, where the attacks have occurred in on-course stables, have issued a plea to Racing Queensland for funds to upgrade security on track where the horse attacks have taken place.
But Sheppard’s daughter Marcelle Gorrie, also one of the owners of Fitzroy Boy, says no-one will rest easy until the callous horse slasher is caught.
“We have now offered a $2000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of this sicko,” Gorrie said.
“The attack on Fitzroy Boy was the latest one and it happened on July 2.
“The person cuts the neck each time.”
Goondiwindi, 350km southwest of Brisbane, is renowned in racing circles for 1970s champion racehorse Gunsynd who was known as the Goondiwindi Grey because his owners hailed from Goondiwindi.
No horses have died in the attacks so far and all are recovering from their ordeals after medical treatment and rest.
Racehorse Fitzroy Boy after being stitched up following slashing attack. Pic – supplied.Source:Supplied
Veteran trainer Sheppard is appalled.
“I just went out there one morning and I took Fitzroy Boy’s rug off and he had a big slash in his throat,” Sheppard said.
“He had to have about 10 or 12 stitches, inside and out, it just missed his windpipe.
“There is another trainer just up from me, she had a couple of horses have the same sort of thing happen to them.
“I am guessing it is probably done with a Stanley knife or something like that, it’s very sharp.
“My horse had two neck rugs on him and the attacker got the knife in under the rug.
“You could see the person’s footprints in the mud afterwards.”
Graeme Scheu, Treasurer of the Goondiwindi Race Club, said an approach had been made to Racing Queensland for financial assistance to upgrade stable security on course.
"We will need to restructure our stable complex and add security fencing which is obviously going to come at a significant cost for a country race club like ours," Scheu said.
"This has shocked everyone up here and we need to do all we can to help.
"Our expectations are it will cost in the vicinity of $40,000 for the stable complex restructure and security and hopefully Racing Queensland can assist us with getting the job done as soon as possible."
Anyone with information should contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Originally published asGoondiwindi Slasher: Horror builds after sickening racehorse attacks
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