Horse Racing

Clerk’s pony confirmed to have strangles

Jarrod Sierocki

Horse Racing: Winx has won her first barrier trial this morning at Randwick Race course.

Rosehill racetrack at sunrise, trainer Michael Hawkes at the track. Pic John Grainger

RACING Victoria on Thursday night issued a warning for trainers to monitor horses after Clerk of Course ‘Buddy’ was confirmed to have strangles — an infectious bacterial condition.

Shane Patterson rode Buddy last Saturday at Flemington and at Caulfield on July 15, while stablemate ‘Bryan’ worked at Sandown on July 19.

Stewards quarantined Patterson’s stable on Thursday as a precaution, with no horses allowed to leave the complex until further notice.


Strangles is an infectious bacterial condition that is transmitted by direct and indirect contact between horses.

Infection can be spread through contaminated feed, water, bedding, stables, stable utensils, halters, brushes, boots, clothing and transport vehicles.

Strangles usually causes upper respiratory

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