Racehorse Rebel Rover survives two-hour, 11km swim in Brisbane


A racehorse has survived a two-hour swim, covering 11km, after being scared during a training run on a beach in Brisbane, Australia.

Rebel Rover was being trained in chest-high water at Sandgate beach when he unseated his rider and headed deeper.

The five-year-old gelding was picked up by the Brisbane Water Police and a marine rescue unit.

“He was in about four metres of water and he was swimming quite freely,” said Volunteer Marine Rescue’s Glen Philip.

Rebel Rover, with a track record of misdemeanours, has only recently made a comeback after being banned for misbehaving in the stalls.

Trainer Brad Smith told ABC News that horses could swim, but did not normally do so very much.

“Any other horse, 20 minutes would probably see them out, but this horse – he must have a pretty amazing lung capacity,” he said.

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