Aintree and BHA to probe tragic deaths of three horses at Grand National meeting
- Up For Review became first horse to suffer a fatal injury since changes to fences
- He was brought down at the first fence by the fall of Vintage Clouds on Saturday
- Crucial Role and Forest Des Aigles died after being injured in separate races
The BHA said on Saturday night that they would be review the incident which led to the fatal fall of Up For Review in Saturday’s Grand National.
The Willie Mullins-trained gelding became the first horse to suffer a fatal injury in the Grand National since changes were made to the fences ahead of the 2013 running.
A post mortem on Up For Review will be carried out but initial, reports indicated the gelding had been killed instantly after being brought down at the first fence by the fall of Vintage Clouds.
Up For Review became first horse to suffer a fatal injury since changes were made to fences
Up For Review (circled) had to be put down after a fall at the very first fence on Saturday
Nineteen of the 40 starters finished the race with General Principle sustaining a cut which required assessment. No jockeys were injured.
David Sykes, the BHA’s Director of Equine Health and Welfare, said: ‘There is a level of risk involved in any activity in which horses take part. We work hard as a sport to keep those risks to a minimum and remove avoidable risk. We will take a measured, evidence-based approach to assessing the incidents, which will include reviewing video footage of all incidents and working with jockeys and trainers to ascertain exactly what caused the injuries..”
Up Fir Review’s death took the tally of equine fatalities at the three-day meeting to three.
Competitors were seen passing by a tent erected around the fallen horse at their 23rd fence