Equine insurance: Two horses die in Scottish Grand National

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Equine insurance: Two horses die in Scottish Grand National

Two horses have died after competing in the Scottish Grand National, equine insurance policyholders have been told.

The fatalities occurred following the race on Saturday (April 16th) at Ayr, where mounts Minella Four Star and Regal Heights sustained internal injuries.

Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe chairman Tony Moore told the Daily Record: "Although these horses didn't die during the race with a fall, their deaths are the same in that they show the strain and stress their bodies are put under."

He added that in the last ten decades, there has been "a 40-to-1 chance" of a death as a result of the race.

One week earlier, Dooney's Gate and Orsais died as a result of running in the John Smith Grand National at Aintree.

As a result, the RSCPA is consulting with course officials on what may be done to lower the risk of fatalities in future races.

April 18th 2011

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