Top Flight Victorian Sprinter Passes

ONE of Australia's best and most well credentialed sprinters Who Told Stevie has tragically passed away following a shock illness in recent days.

Adam Dobbin

15 October 2020

TOP flight Victorian sprinter Who Told Stevie has died.

Winner at 13 of his 29 career starts in slashing style, the son of Barcia Bale sadly passed away on Wednesday night after falling seriously ill on Tuesday morning.

“Monday night he went to bed as good as gold but Tuesday morning I found motionless in his kennel,” said a devastated  David Burnett.

“I thought he was going to pass away on the way to the vet but he stuck in there. They got fluids into him and a few hours later he was up and walking but unfortunately his condition deteriorated again on Wednesday. He died that night.”

While the precise nature of his death isn’t exactly known, it’s understood vets are citing the possibility of a major fluid imbalance as the driving factor.

“It’s essentially a blood clot that’s led to a fluid imbalance,” Burnett said.

“It’s a terribly hard time for myself and the owners. And what makes it so tough is that there were no signs. On Monday he was as bright as a button.

“Had he been off his food or off colour but nothing. He was fine.”

A last start second in a city qualifier of the TAB Million Dollar Chase, Who Told Stevie was being aimed at next month’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

On Friday night at Geelong his champion brother Simon Told Helen will tackle the heats of the Group 2 Geelong Cup.