Two more horses die at Aintree Festival

“Gullinbursti and Minella Reception died because of injuries sustained in falls in the Topham Chase on Friday, the British Horseracing Authority said.”

From | Associated Press

Two more horses died at the Aintree Festival following falls in a race run over the fences used for the grueling Grand National Steeplechase, taking the total for the week to four deaths.

Gullinbursti and Minella Reception died because of injuries sustained in falls in the Topham Chase on Friday, the British Horseracing Authority said.

On Thursday, Clonbanan Lad and Marasonnien died after being pulled up by their jockeys in the Fox Hunters’ Chase — also run on the Grand National course — and later collapsing. Neither of those horses was injured by a fall, the BHA said.

“We’d like to express our sympathies to the connections of Gullinbursti and Minella Reception,” said John Baker, northwest regional director for Aintree’s owners, Jockey Club Racecourses.

“While you can’t remove all risk from any sport, we acted on evidence to make significant changes here at Aintree, including to the cores of every fence on the Grand National Course, and we’ve seen hundreds of horses compete safely since over the last few years.”

Earlier, the biggest favorite of the festival proved a big disappointment.

Vautour — a 1-5 shot ridden by leading jockey Ruby Walsh — fell while leading the Melling Chase, allowing God’s Own to take a surprise win in the day’s feature race.

Vautour landed steeply after jumping the ninth fence and fell in the biggest shock of the festival so far. God’s Own benefited by beating Al Ferof to the winning post at odds of 10-1.

 

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