Terrified Grand National horse who died at Aintree should NEVER have even started, say the racing experts

  • Nine-year-old Grand National favourite fell twice during race and had to be put down
  • Pundits had raised concerns over horse’s well-being after it threw jockey Tony McCoy minutes before start
  • Synchronised fell at notorious Becher’s Brook, before second fall five fences later where it broke a hind leg
  • RSPCA demand changes to race after describing Grand National as ‘clearly not safe enough’

PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 15 April 2012 | UPDATED: 14:27 GMT, 16 April 2012

A champion horse killed after falling at the Grand National should never have been allowed to race after he became spooked before the start, experts said yesterday.

Millions saw Gold Cup winner Synchronised throw his rider before poignantly galloping alone in front of the grandstand ahead of the race on Saturday.

He was eventually retrieved by officials and reunited with his jockey Tony McCoy at the start. However, he was to die in the race a few minutes later after he fell twice

Synchronised in happier times

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130246/Grand-National-2012-Aintree-tragedy-avoided-insist-racing-experts.html#ixzz1sDRbOOAt

10 comments

  1. Heather · ·

    We must end horse racing but that will be almost impossible because everything in our world boils down to money.

  2. Jagadambe Dasi · ·

    Riders who own their own horses know when to pull up and pull out. I have seen mant event riders do that. High stake Jumpers will too. A jockey on someone else’s horse is just that. A jockey paid to win. Damn the owners for letting this beautiful animal down.

  3. It ‘s also a disgrace that so many ill-informed people are allowed to spout so much untrue garbage about the GN and racing in general. Programme of public education urgently required.

  4. These poor horses are literally running for their lives….

  5. linda badham · ·

    THIS IS A DISGRACE, ALWAYS WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE. THIS RACE ALWAYS HAS DEATH SPELT OUT BEFORE IT BEGINS. IT WONT BE STOPPED BUT THEY HAVE TO STOP THE LENGTH, THE AMOUNT OF HORSES RUNNING AND TO GET RID OF BEECHES BROOK , MONEY MONEY MONEY. THE HUMAN RACE MAKE ME SICK !

  6. shoshone · ·

    15 out of the 40 horses that started finished. Sad that it is all about money and glory for the owners and the poor horses suffer.

  7. 2fasthorses · ·

    Horse racing disgusts me…the horses race for their lives and when they are no longer profitable for the owners they are shipped to slaughter auctions. I know we adopted 2 ex-racehorses saved from New Holland killer buyers 10 years ago. Kudos to all equine rescues for their hard work.

    In memory of Eight Belles…when does it end?

  8. Greed is a horrible thing.

  9. These are disposable horses, nothing more. It is all about the $$$.

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