THE AUSTRALIAN AUGUST 30, 2014 12:00AM
JUST after dawn on a bone-cold morning in June, a knackery truck rumbled onto the property of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch in Attwood, on Melbourne’s northern outskirts.
Four police horses were led, one by one, from their paddock towards the man with the gun. The first horse brought forward was Hear That Bell. Before his long police career he had come sixth in the 1994 Melbourne Cup at 16/1, far better odds than he faced on this day. The second horse to die was Gold Start, known as Goldie. A single shot through the forehead brought the 21-year-old down, ending his police service, along with the hopes of two young children whose family had agreed to let Goldie live out his days on their farm.
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