“Hill Sixteen got absolutely hyper and we washed him off. They haven’t a bloody clue what they’re doing. He just hasn’t taken off at the first fence; he’s got so bloody hyper because of the carry on,” said trainer Sandy Thomson, blaming the delay caused by animal rights protesters for the fatal injury suffered by his horse at the Randox Grand National.
“Dickon White, north west regional director for the Jockey Club said: ‘Hill Sixteen was immediately attended by expert veterinary professionals during the Grand National, but sadly sustained a fatal injury. Our heartfelt condolences are with his connections.'”
Julie Harrington, chief executive of the BHA, expressed condolences for the horses that suffered fatal injuries during the event and highlighted the efforts of British racing to improve safety standards. She also condemned the actions of the protesters disrupting the race, stating, “We respect the right of anyone to hold views about our sport, but we robustly condemn the reckless and potentially harmful actions of a handful of people in disrupting the race at a time when horses were in the parade ring.”
“The Grand National is and always will be an iconic sporting event and the actions of a small number of people today will do nothing to diminish its huge and enduring international appeal,” added Harrington.