Via Animal Aid:
Aintree 2007 Claims its Second Victim
The 2007 Grand national meeting claimed the life of a second horse today (Friday) when Lord Rodney died in the two-and-three-quarter mile John Smithâ€™s Topham Chase. He was one of five fallers at the Chair â€“ the most punishing obstacle on the Grand National course, which stands 5ft 2inches high and is fronted by a large ditch. Only 15 of the 29 horses finished the race. Another faller, Patman Du Charmil, is fighting for his life.
Lord Rodney was eight years old and had been entered into just nine previous chase events. He was being ridden by an amateur jockey. His death follows that of Into The Shadows, who suffered an internal haemorrhage on the opening day of the three-day meeting, after completing a two-and-a-half mile hurdle event.
There have now been 34 equine fatalities at the Aintree event since 1997, nine of which have occurred in the Grand National itself.
Additionally – Merseyside Animal Rights will be staging another demo at midday today (Saturday) outside the train station opposite the main entrance.