O’Brien pays tribute to stablehand
Danny O’Brien has expressed his heartbreak after the death of one of his track riders yesterday. “It’s with a heavy heart and tremendous grief that we confirm an incident that claimed the life of one our staff this morning,” O’Brien said in a statement. “Our thoughts, prayers and support are with the family of our friend and colleague and all our team.
We are completely heartbroken. We have had some tough days in this industry, but they are nothing compared to the heartbreak and sadness of today. We ask that the privacy of our staff to be respected as they come to terms with today’s tragedy.” The unraced horse involved in the incident is being monitored by vets. Racing Victoria and its Stableline counseling program are assisting O’Brien and his staff across his stables at Barwon Heads and Flemington.