The Aintree Festival was plunged into more grief Friday following the death of another horse over the fences used in the Grand National Steeplechase, overshadowing the latest classy victory by Sprinter Sacre.
Little Josh was destroyed after breaking a shoulder following a heavy fall in the Topham Steeplechase, the fourth race of the day. He was the second horse to die at this year’s festival, after Battlefront on Thursday.
“This injury was not treatable and it was the necessary course of action,” said Prof. Chris Proudman, veterinary advisor at Aintree.
It is a major blow to organizers who were hoping for an incident-free festival after making modifications to the course in the wake of four deaths in the past two Grand Nationals and complaints from animal-rights groups.