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Grand National kills again: 'the worst kind of mob entertainment'

Posted 14 April 2012

The Grand National, supposedly made much safer than in previous years, has killed at least two horses. Two were killed last year.

Synchronised and According To Pete both came to grief at the infamous Becher’s Brook, even though the Aintree authorities claimed that the obstacle had been made less lethal through recent adjustments. According to Pete was brought down and fractured a leg after another horse fell in front of him. Synchronised got up after falling and ran on for five more fences before also suffering a leg fracture.

Synchronised was entered into and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup just last month. Today, he showed every sign of not wanting to be at Aintree. Before the start, he spooked and ran loose for some distance. There are also concerns for Weird Al and Killyglen, both of whom were receiving veterinary treatment after the race. Weird Al was pulled up with a broken blood vessel while racing at the Cheltenham Festival.

As in previous years, the BBC commentary team, in the midst of today’s carnage, remained breezy and upbeat.

On the first day of this week’s Aintree meeting, Gottany O’S was killed in a hurdle race.

Says Andrew Tyler, Animal Aid Director:

‘The Grand National is a disgusting and shameful spectacle masquerading as sport. There is nothing sporting about an event that routinely kills so many horses. It is quite simply the worst kind of mob entertainment. For anyone who genuinely cares about horses watching this race was an utterly depressing and melancholy experience.’

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