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Royal Ascot Update: Death Toll Rises to Four

Posted 7 August 2014

It has been announced today (7 August) that young filly Inchila has been destroyed after she was unable to recover from a fractured pelvis sustained during a race at Royal Ascot this year.

This brings the 2014 Royal Meeting’s equine death toll to four over five days of racing (17-21 June) – the worst in its recent history. It is also a particularly high attrition rate for a Flat as opposed to a Jumps course, on which most horses perish.

The other three victims were: Sir Graham Wade, who also fractured a pelvis; two-year-old Case Statement, who fractured a fetlock; and Tiger Cliff, who collapsed and died after his race.

Course record race times were smashed during the week’s event, which would indicate a fast, firm and potentially dangerous racing surface.

Says Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

‘All too frequently in British racing, horses are run on unsuitable ground. It would not be unreasonable to suggest that the ground was unacceptably fast for many of the horses who raced at this year’s Royal Ascot meeting, and this was the main contributing factor to the deaths of these young animals. Horses are habitually pushed to their absolute limits, because the value to their owners, both in prize money and breeding potential, are judged to be worth the risk. Ultimately, it’s the horses who pay the price with their lives.’

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