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Notorious Cheltenham Racecourse Claims Two More Victims

Posted 19 November 2007

Two more horses have been killed at Cheltenham. On Saturday, 17 November Granit Jack - the Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old gelding - fell and broke his neck at the notorious downhill second-last fence. Dismissed as ‘bad luck’ by the course clerk, Simon Cliasse, it appears that no changes are to be made to this fence.

The other fatality was the six-year-old Willyanwoody (also trained by Nicholls) who broke his back and was destroyed.

Racing ‘connections’ talk hypocritically of their ‘grief’, and yet defend the carnage as an ‘accident’ or a ‘fact of jump racing’.

It is a fact that whilst punters and the industry demand the thrill of difficult and dangerous racing conditions, horses will continue to be killed.

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