Not Grand for horses

Last year's Grand National. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Last year's Grand National. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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That no horses were killed during The Grand National’s big race in 2013 is no cause for celebration. In two other races run over the same course during last year’s Grand National meeting, two horses lost their lives.

The Grand National itself features a dangerously overcrowded field of 40 horses, who are forced to confront 30 extraordinarily challenging and treacherous jumps, over a gruelling distance of nearly four and a half miles. Fewer than half complete the course.

For anyone who does not want to finance a ‘sport’ in which animals routinely lose their lives, there is an alternative: Sanctuary Not Cruelty.

Rather than having a flutter on the notorious Aintree race, you can donate the money to a specialist horse sanctuary and make a real difference to horse welfare.

For more details of how to help, visit Animal Aid’s website at or contact us for a free information pack.

Mrs B A Halldearn

Swinnate Road