Tamworth owners saddened by death of impressive German import

TAMWORTH owners Garry McSweeney and Mark Murphy are in mourning this week after learning of the death of their imported galloper Salon Soldier.

The Tamworth men were small shareholders in a large syndicate of owners in the imported German galloper who had won his only two starts for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

Sadly Salon Soldier passed away yesterday after succumbing to a rare disease,  McSweeney said.

Subsequent vet tests revealed a rupture in the horse’s digestive system which had become toxic and could not be treated.

“I couldn’t believe it when they rang me, McSweeney said.

“Apparently Kris was checking his horses late yesterday and found him panting. They got the vet straight away but apparently he had some rare disease that affected his bladder and stomach and they had to put him down.

“It’s unbelievable. 

“Things had been going along so well. He’s had the two starts for us, winning in Sydney and then on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington. 

“He’d gone out for a spell and was looking good for those big ATC Championships in the autumn.

“We had a rag tag group of owners in him, a large syndicate of people.

“We met a lot of them in Sydney and at Flemington. They were a good bunch and loved their 


The sudden death has cast a sombre mood over the Kris Lees’ stable.

He had just resumed light work with Lees at Newcastle.

Salon Soldier was raced by the Australian Bloodstock syndicate which also owns the Lees-trained Uate, one of the contenders for the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1150m) at the Randwick-Kensington meeting on Saturday.

Lees is hoping the five-year-old can deliver some good news for connections this week.

“I hope so. He is racing his way back into fitness and while he will improve on whatever he does on Saturday I’m pleased with how he’s going,” Lees said.

o Newcastle trained Roman Eagle heads the weights for next Monday’s Mt Arthur Coal Benchmark 66 Handicap (1750m) at Muswellbrook’s Skellatar park.

The Steve Hodge-trained gelding copped 59kg yesterday, a half kilo more than Scone gelding kwilas law, who will be having his 101st start Monday and coming off an 11th race win that took him over the $200,000 prizemoney barrier.

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