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The proposed changes to the Grand National published by the British Horseracing Authority last Wednesday may have been met with approval by some animal welfare organisations but I for one am still concerned that the nations best loved horse racing event may still be putting animals lives at risk.
The new proposals state that no horse under seven years old can participate, and that they have to have finished at least 4th in a steeplechase of over three miles. The jockeys too will have to prove higher levels of competency in steeplechase races. During the actual race, the organisers will make a greater effort to round up the horses where the rider has fallen off.
While of course we welcome any improvements to make this race safer it seems that much more could be done to ensure horses weren’t put at such risk. One important way in which the race could’ve been made safer is to reduce the number of runners in the field also the height of the drops on the landing side of jumps could be reduced.
Seeing as no six year old horse has won the National since 1915 it feels a bit like the BHA are making token changes to appease the public whilst ensuring that the excitement and potential danger of the race isn’t in any way compromised.
In the wake of these proposed changes, yet another jockey has been handed down a five day ban for excessive use of the whip. Champion jump jockey Tony McCoy used his whip more than seven times and was banned for five days. A ten day ban will be issued if McCoy repeats the offence.
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