Walsh rejects Grand National cruelty claims

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Jockey Katie Walsh has defended the Grand National over cruelty claims and states that horses are treated very well by owners, trainers and jockeys alike.

Walsh finished third on Seabass last year to become the highest-placed female jockey in the history of the race, however, there were two fatalities which led heavy criticism.

She told the Radio Times that it was a "dangerous sport" but rejected the notion that horses are not cared for properly in the race.

The jockey continued: "I don't read the criticism because it's not worth it. It would be a lot worse if it had been two jockeys who lost their lives. I think everyone should remember that."

As a result of the two fatalities at last year's race there have been a number of safety measures introduced. These include shortening the distance of the race to four miles and three-and-a-half furlongs and changing the core material used to build the fences.

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