The horse racing world has been rocked by the tragic death of a promising mare.
Four-year-old Miss Pandanus drowned at a beach south of Melbourne on Tuesday morning.
The mare ran into the water after being spooked, and was too exhausted to make it back to shore.
Trainer Mick Kent confirmed the tragic news on RSN Radio.
He said the horse was in pre-training with David Noonan and was devastated by the tragedy.
“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.”
Kent told The Herald Sun that once the horse got away “there was nothing we could do”.
The head of Racing Victoria integrity said stewards were aware of the incident.
“A terribly unfortunate occurrence and thankfully a rare one,” Jamie Stier said.
Miss Pandanus had raced four times, winning twice and snaring two placings.