One of New Zealand's premier racing organisations Te Akau Stud has reported that one of their staff Blair Busby passed away on Wednesday due to injuries after being kicked by champion mare Katie Lee in the stalls area at Hasting races on Saturday.
The report on Te Akau Stud’s web site teakaustud.co.nz said that Busby, 37, had accompanied Icepin to Hastings. Busby was walking Icepin, who was second in the Group Two Hawkes Bay Guineas, around when he was severely kicked by another horse and taken to Hastings hospital.
Initially it was believed that Busby had suffered cracked ribs. However on Tuesday night, Busby was operated on to remove his spleen and a blood clot complication resulted in him suffering a stroke. He was in an induced coma until he passed away.
“We knew he had been hurt and badly bruised but his condition deteriorated dramatically over Sunday and Monday, complications led to a serious stroke and he was placed in an induced coma, on a ventilator,” said the report.
Katie Lee, a four-year-old by Pins who was the champion three-year-old filly last season, won the Group III, Traderacks Stakes over 1400-metres on the Hastings programme.