Grand National Horse Deaths
Grand National: Animal Rights Campaigners Protest Against “Cruel Sport”
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Grand National: Animal Rights Campaigners Protest Following Horse Deaths…
A horse named Battlefront died on the first day of this year’s meeting at Aintree. The horse was ridden by Katie Walsh and was pulled up (withdrawn from competition) during the fourth race. Battlefront later died of a heart attack. The horse was the 23rd horse to die on the Grand National course since 2000.
Significant changes were made to the course for this year’s meeting to improve safety and reduce the risk of more horse deaths. This was due to the death of two race horses last year, According to Pete and Synchronised.
This year’s big race was won by an outsider, Auroras Encore whose odds peaked at 66/1. Auroras Encore was followed by Cappa Bleu at 12-1 and then Teaforthree at 10-1.
Although significant changes were made to the way the races were conducted, animal rights campaigners have still deemed the race unethical and were protesting outside various bookmakers in the UK. However, many horse owners still support horse racing despite the danger it poses to the race horses.
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