Top racing team left devastated by crash which killed four horses

Racehorses owned by one of the UK's most successful racing figures have been killed in a horror truck crash.

Three fillies called Aladaala, Hafaawa and Maktabba died in the accident on Monday night, along with an unnamed broodmare.

They belonged to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud operation.

A fifth horse, Hybrid Theory, miraculously survived the equine tragedy in Australia.

The lorry was on the way to Yarraman Park Stud in New South Wales, where they were due to become broodmares.

But just minutes after hitting the road at Euroa in north-eastern Victoria, the transporter crashed and rolled as it headed towards the Hume Highway.

Two of the horses died on impact, while the others had to be put down due to the nature of their injuries.

Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager Angus Gold said: "In an equine way this was as close to a tragedy as you can get.

"No-one knows how it happened.

"We were moving the fillies up to the stud. Maktabba was due to be sold at the Magic Millions sale, while Aladaala and Hafaawa were potentially very valuable fillies on the book.

"I am very sorry for Sheikh Hamdan and the people who were called to deal with the ghastly incident."

The truck driver was not seriously injured in the crash, which did not involve any other vehicle.

The horses were trained by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig at Lindsay Park stables, a short distance away from the scene.

Sheikh Hamdan has invested heavily in both racing and breeding since the eighties.

He enjoyed a successful 2019 in UK racing, with stars such as Battaash and Mustashry winning at the highest level.

Enbihaar, Elarqam and Investec Derby runner-up Madhmoon are several of his other leading lights for the season ahead.

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