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realestate 21 July 2015

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Prized racehorse shot dead Owner’s shock find in paddock Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

Caring mother: Stud brood mare Arriere, pictured with her most recent foal, was found shot dead in a paddock by owner Tony Biddle. Image supplied

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THE shooting death of a prized retired racehorse in Myers Rd, Balnarring, early Saturday morning has “devastated” its owners and sent shockwaves through Mornington Peninsula’s racing community. Police and the mare’s owner are puzzled by the killing, but have not ruled out it being “industry based” or a case of mistaken identity. Stud farm owner Tony Biddle said the 14-year-old brood mare Arriere was “shot between the eyes” by a high powered rifle from about six metres away early Saturday morning. Mr Biddle said on Monday he heard the shot at about 1.30am but did not realise its significance. He checked the area around the homestead but assumed it was a car backfiring near his farm, which was established in 1996. The farm is believed to be home for bloodstock valued at $2 million or more. “Someone’s got a grudge against her or us. To kill a racehorse is just not on,” Mr Biddle said Monday. The $100,000 horse – by Kashani (USA) from Hidden Depths (NZ) – was with other brood mares in a front paddock being readied for breeding. “I don’t think anyone hates us, but I’ve got a few ideas and the police have a few ideas,” Mr Biddle said. Mr Biddle said he had “not discounted the idea that the killing may be industry-based, or perhaps they just got the wrong property”. “The industry is interesting. Some people know everything about everyone, while we are very private people and prefer to keep to ourselves. “Some people are very serious about some things. Maybe it was an unhappy punter.” Purana Taskforce detectives are understood to be inquiring into the betting habits of a number of punters. Continued Page 9

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