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Manuel and Vorster Come To Grief

Monday, 27th January 2020

At Moonee Valley on Friday evening, another superb victory by the wonderfully consistent WA galloper Scales of Justice in the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) was overshadowed by the death of popular 2019 Gr1 CF Orr Stakes winner Manuel (Commands-Girl Hussler, by Hussonet). Appearing to momentarily check off the heels of the winner rounding the turn, Manuel then found some room under Barend Vorster, and then got crowded, running into the back of tiring outsider Ashlor before collapsing in an horrific fall. While Manuel was tragically put down under veterinary supervision, a conscious Barend Vorster was taken by ambulance to Royal Melbourne Hospital where, reports AAP, he was examined for a possible broken collar bone.

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