- 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