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Shogun Lodge died of heart attack: probe

Champion horse Shogun Lodge died of a heart attack after a lung haemorrhage during the running on last month's Emirates Stakes at Flemington, an autopsy says.

Shogun Lodge died of heart attack: probe

Champion horse Shogun Lodge died of a heart attack after a lung haemorrhage during the running on last month's Emirates Stakes at Flemington, an autopsy says.

Popular champion Shogun Lodge died of a heart attack after a lung haemorrhage during the running on last month's Emirates Stakes at Flemington, an autopsy has revealed.

Racing Victoria chief veterinary surgeon John McCaffrey said there was no evidence that the seven-year-old had a pre-existing condition that could have been detected before the tragedy.


"He had a lung haemorrhage which subsequently resulted in a cardiac arrest.

"It would have been quick," McCaffrey said, referring the death.

He said the circumstances of the fatality were unusual, the chances estimated to be 15 in 10,000.

Trainer Bob Thomsen has been advised about the autopsy report.

McCaffrey said there was no history to suggest that Shogun Lodge's premature death could have been prevented.

"It was just the luck of the game," McCaffrey said.

Shogun Lodge, the pride and joy of his veteran trainer, won 13 races and $4.6 million in prize money.

He was as famous for finishing second in 12 Group One races as he was for the races that he won.

Shogun Lodge, who posted his last win in the Lightning Hcp (1000m) at his home track of Randwick in October, was the Emirates favourite at 9-2 and collapsed near the 1000 metre mark.

Victoria Racing Club veterinary surgeon Bill Riches said Shogun Lodge was dead by the time he reached him.

AAP



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