The case against steeplechasing : Grand National Day tragedy

The Grand National was tinged with sadness today as a six-year-old horse died after falling at one of the hurdles.

The novice hurdler, Seedling, died instantly after he hit and somersaulted over a large jump as he took part in the Mersey Novices Hurdle. He tragically fell at the second to last on the third day of races at Aintree.

Some 39 horses raced in the [main event] Crabbie’s Grand National where they were expected to jump 30 fences. Only 19 horses finished. There were a number of falls.

Pictures and story courtesy of the Daily Express UK.

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The horses concerned were all okay.


Horses fall during 2015 Grand National

A number of horses, like this one, not Seedling, fell today during the races at the Grand National

horses fall and harm themselves in Grand National

Horses tumble at this year’s Grand National [Racing Fotos]

Horses fall in Grand National

Ruby Walsh and Ballycasey brought down when Balthazar King and Richard Johnson fall [Racing fotos]

Horse takes a tumble at Aintree

A horse takes a tumble at Aintree this year [Racing Fotos]

Horses fall in Grand National

Richard Johnson falls from Alpha Des Obeaux after jumping the last fence during the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Race [GETTY]

horses fall in Grand National

Another horse falls at the hurdles at the Grand National [Racing Fotos]