APRIL 14th 2007
Via BBC Racing »
1828: The last race was abandoned after a nasty incident involving Graphic Approach running through the rails into the crowd.
Graphic Approach is believed to have suffered concussion in the incident.
The horse, which fell at Becher’s Brook during the Grand National, collapsed with heat stress, forcing the 1700 race to be delayed by 45 minutes.
“This horse has got heat stroke and has been laid down for some time now,” said Aintree managing director Charles Barnett.
“It was an extremely difficult situation, and following discussions with both owners and trainers of the runners, it was decided to abandon the last (seventh) race.
“We would like to apologise to racegoers and the owners and trainers involved, but I am sure that everyone will understand that the welfare of a horse who is being treated – and the horses taking part in the final race – must always be our number one priority.”
Vets at the course suspect the horse has concussion, and he is believed to be on his way to an equine hospital to be thoroughly checked out.
Via BBC Berkshire:
‘He’s probably got a bit of a headache’
Berkshire trainer Charles Egerton could only look on as his horse, Graphic Approach, was treated for heat stress having fallen during the Grand National. He spoke to BBC Berkshire about the health of Graphic Approach and the heroics of one jockey.
The final race of the day was cancelled as Graphic Approach remained on the track long after the National had been won by 33-1 shot Silver Birch. Eventually the horse was taken to an equine hospital in Liverpool.
Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire’s Henry Kelly two days after the event, Charles Egerton said things were looking up.
“The horse is progressing well up at the Liverpool veterinary college. He’s a bit sore and he’s probably got a bit of a headache, but he’s doing well.”
Reports in Monday’s newspapers paid tribute to the actions of jockey Sam Thomas, who may have saved the horse’s life by removing his saddle as he collapsed.
“He’s a brave man,” said Egerton. “He obviously understood what the consequences would be if he hadn’t done it.
“By the time I got there all the vets were there attending to the horse.
“It’s a credit to Aintree and all the vets who work for them – they were on site very quickly, he was in the best hands, and the decisions they made were the correct ones.”
Egerton is even confident the horse will return to competitive action, despite an incredibly worrying 24 hours.
“I’m very hopeful he will race again but he’ll probably bite me for saying that…”
MAY 17th 2007
Via horsetalk.co.nz »
The steeplechaser Graphic Approach has died following injuries sustained during the 2007 Grand National, which was staged on April 14.
Two other horses died during the three-day Aintree meeting – Lord Rodney and Into the Shadows. Graphic Approach never recovered from his injuries after he fell at the notorious Becher’s Brook fence and then ran loose for a mile or more, jumped a rail, collided with three people and collapsed exhausted and injured.
The immediate visible wounds were concussion and a black eye.
After a month at the Liverpool Veterinary School, he succumbed to pneumonia on May 10.
According to UK animal rights group Animal Aid, some 35 horses have died as a result of the three-day Grand National meeting in the past decade. The group publishes statistics on racehorse deaths at http://www.horsedeathwatch.com