Stingray Bite Leaves Filly Vulnerable For Group 1 Race

Australian filly Seannie was this weekend set to have an outside chance of taking the Group 1 Perth Winterbottom Stakes over six furlongs but now her chance in the race looks even more unlikely after picking up a very strange injury that could have only happened in Australia.

Whilst doing a routine piece of exercising on the beach, the filly has thought to have been bitten by a stingray in the sea. She will now have to be inspected by stewards on Friday ahead of the big race at Perth's Ascot racecourse as she now has a visible wound on her off side hind.

Seannie is a Listed winning four year old who was set to make her and her owners dream come true by competing in a Group 1 contest with an actual chance of landing the prize off the back of her latest performance which has seen her trainer Lindsey Smith step her up in Grade.

However, her chances of competing in the A$1million race all rests on how well the filly recovers after this weird incident and her trainer is fearing the worst.

(Credit Racing Post) Smith said: “She got bitten by something at the beach the other day, so I don’t think she will be going.

"The vets have got to come down and check her.“It was a stingray or something but a few hours later this jelly stuff came out of her leg and they said she got bitten by something.

“I thought she would be right, and she is not lame, but unless it is [healed] they are not going to be happy. I don’t think it is going to improve enough to let her run. It is just unfortunate.”