Aintree Kills Yet Another Horse

Sorry to be off-topic and also being negative for once but the sight of so many people in town dressed up in their finest suits, frocks and hats to go off to Aintree to watch this annual blood-sport always annoys me. I refuse to have anything to do with this uncultured event.

From Animal Aid

Aintree Kills Yet Another Horse

The tradition of horse deaths at the notorious Grand National three-day meeting continued at this year’s event when Into The Shadows died on the opening day (Thursday) after pulling up while running in the John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle race. The seven-year-old mare died as a result of an internal haemorrhage after the two-and-a-half mile race.

There have now been 33 equine fatalities at the Aintree event since 1997, nine of which have occurred in the big race itself.

Aintree, Britain’s second deadliest racecourse after Cheltenham, is due to stage the perversely difficult Grand National this Saturday. Covering a distance of four miles and 856 yards, horses are required to jump 30 obstacles – some of which include perilous drops, ditches and sharp turns. Forty horses usually take part – an excessively crowded field, which adds to the risk of collisions and falls.

Into The Shadows’ death is the sixteenth fatality on British racecourses in just 27 days