Apr. 6th, 2008

boglin: (riding)
I didn't know this yesterday, but two horses also died at Aintree on Friday, in the Topham Chase.

In The High Grass was 7 years old. Time to Sell was 9. Both were destroyed after falling - In The High Grass fell the 8th fence, and Time To Sell only made it to the 2nd - the Chair.

Only 12 of the 29 horses who set out managed to finish this race. In Saturday's race, of the 40 who ran, only 15 got all of the way round.

So I suppose we can count our blessings that out of the 37 horses that fell or were pulled up in these two races, only 3 of them died, eh?

Details of the other races held at Aintree this weekend are here. Looking at the results it's the Topham and the National that are by far the most catastrophic. The latter can only be expected, with the horses being expected to race a distance of over 4 miles and jump 30 fences - between just over 4' to 5'2"

In the past 10 years, 32 horses have died in the Grand National meeting.

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