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Aintree 2009 Claims its Fourth Victim

Posted 3 April 2009

Two more horses were killed today (Friday, 3 April) at Aintree racecourse – the second day of the 2009 Grand National meeting. This follows two fatalities on Thursday. Moscow Catch died today after a heavy fall that appeared to break his neck, while running in the 3 mile Sefton Novices’ Hurdle race. He was just six-years-old and had raced only five times previously. Lilla Sophia, who was four-years-old and had raced only three times before, was destroyed after breaking a leg while racing in the Mares’ National Hunt Flat race. There are also concerns for On Raglan Road, whose fall in the Sefton Hurdle was described by a BBC TV commentator as ‘really, really nasty’.

The first day of the Aintree meeting was equally catastrophic. One of the victims was the low-ranking Mel In Blue, who broke his neck at the notorious Becher’s brook fence. The other victim was Exotic Dancer, a highly rated ‘star’ performer. Just nine-years-old, he collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack after finishing second in the in the 3 mile Totesport Bowl Chase. Thirty-four horses have died at the three-day Aintree meeting during the last decade.

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