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04.04.13 - THE GRAND NATIONAL

Statement from Aintree Racecourse

 

STATEMENT FROM AINTREE RACECOURSE
 
Professor Chris Proudman, Veterinary Advisor to Aintree Racecourse, said: “We are sad to confirm that Battlefront was pulled up at fence 11 of the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase on the Grand National Course by his jockey Katie Walsh and sadly shortly afterwards he collapsed and died.”
 
John Baker, Aintree and North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “I would like to extend our sympathies to the Walsh family following this sad news.
 
“British racing is open that you can never remove all risk from horseracing, as with any sport. However, welfare standards are very high and equine fatalities are rare, with 90,000 runners each year with a fatality rate of just 0.2%.”

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