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Von: Old Codger (oldcodger@anyoldwherewilldo.com) [Profil]
Datum: 06.04.2008 09:52
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BBC1 ‘STAR’ HORSE KILLED AT THE GRAND NATIONAL
Posted 5 April 2008

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A horse badly injured in last year’s Grand National was killed in the
2008 event on Saturday, when he fell two-thirds of the way through the
gruelling 4-and-a-half-mile event. McKelvey had been a star feature on
BBC1 television’s the One Show, as he received treatment for his
tendon injury and was made ready for this year’s National. He had
recently been entered into two less taxing hurdle races – in which he
failed to show any ability – before being confronted with the huge
Grand National fences.

Once again the perversely challenging event brought numerous horses to
the ground, some somersaulting and falling on their necks. Just 15 of
the 40 starters completed the race. Some of the injured might meet the
fate of last year’s Grand National victim, Graphic Approach, who was
ailing for a month before being destroyed.

McKelvey was the third horse killed at this year's three-day Grand
National meeting. On Friday at Aintree, Time to Sell and In The High
Grass died after horrific falls in the crowded 2 mile 5 furlong Topham
Chase, which was completed by just 12 of the 29 horses entered.
Nine-year-old Time To Sell was having his 43rd race when he crashed to
the ground and lay motionless after jumping the notorious 5ft 2in.
high obstacle known as The Chair. In The High Grass died after he hit
the top of the eighth fence and turned a complete somersault. It was
the 25th race for the seven-year-old and the third he had been entered
into in just a month.

Thirty-eight horses have died at the Aintree meeting since 1997 –
eleven of them in the big race itself.

Said Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler:


‘For anyone who has a genuine concern for horse welfare, the Grand
National is a nightmare to watch. Exhausted horses were crashing to
the ground throughout this appallingly hazardous race. It is not a
sporting event but a sick spectacle that plays fast and loose with the
lives of horses. The BBC routinely plays down the death and suffering
of Thoroughbreds. It has spent months promoting the supposedly heroic
journey of McKelvey. Now he is dead - and predictably so. Let the BBC
cover that - not as a tragic accident but as a cynical sacrifice with
which it is complicit.’


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