Grand National fallers: speed to blame and no easy solution say trainers
“The down side of Saturdays race was the sad demise of two horses; we trainers, owners, staff and jockeys love our horses and seeing the two horses die on the course was very sad indeed. The race was run in the second fastest time in history (I think I am right in that assumption), a record set by my winner Mr Frisk it was very fast ground then; speed always causes more horses to fall as they are racing one stride faster than normal and those fences are big. Sadly at the pace the race was run horses fell and however much we school over fences and try to eliminate these falls they still do happen.
“The horses that run in our races are loved, cherished, under constant care and attention and obviously that includes vet care as well; in fact not many humans have such attention as we all know too well when reading all the horror stories we read about hospitals in this country. In fact our racehorses are very lucky, as without racing most would be neglected, ill fed and unwanted.. what an awful life they would have then”.
Kim Bailey’s blog
“I am not sure what Aintree can do to make the track and fences safer, other than to make the ground softer so that the horses run slower. Unfortunately, as in many things, speed increases danger. I hope that the bad headlines do not detract from Donald McCain’s fantastic training performance, and the superb ride of Jason Maguire. Ballabriggs is the star of the show and the Grand National has now elevated him to greatness”.
Lucinda Russell’s blog