A four-year-old race horse died in an accident in the stables area of the Sha Tin Racecourse on Monday, according to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The disaster took place at around 2 pm as the horse suddenly broke loose and hit a fence, the club said in a statement.
The Class Two horse, named Win Beauty Win, was owned by Kitty Kwok Sea-nga, daughter of Simon Kwok Siu-ming, who is the chairman of cosmetics chain Sa Sa International, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The race horse had been put through its paces by well-known trainer Paul O’Sullivan, and had been considered to be a Derby contender.
According to the Jockey Club statement, the club veterinarians arrived at the scene soon after the accident, but found that the horse couldn’t be saved.
Expressing its condolences to the owner of the horse, the club said it has launched an investigation into the accident.
The tragedy marks the second bad news in a year for the Simon Kwok family involving horses owned by them.
In October 2017, Beauty Master, a race horse owned by the Sa Sa chairman and his family suffered a serious injury to its left front leg after it suddenly crashed a knee to the ground 30 meters before the finish line during a race.
Beauty Master was later euthanized.
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