Two racehorses were euthanised after the first day of racing at Royal Ascot in Britain on Tuesday.
The first was Case Statement, who sustained a fracture of his near fore fetlock in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at 3.05pm.
Jenny Hall, Chief Veterinary Officer of British Horseracing Authority, said: “The colt received immediate first aid on the course from racecourse veterinary surgeons before being transferred by horse ambulance to the veterinary assessment centre at the racecourse stables, where he was x-rayed.
“Following full evaluation, the nature of the injury was such that sadly there was no other option but for the horse to be humanely put down.”
Later in the day Sir Graham Wade suffered a serious pelvic fracture in the Ascot Stakes at 5pm. He received immediate first aid on the course from racecourse veterinary surgeons, who diagnosed the pelvic injury.
“The nature of the injury was such that sadly there was no other option but for Sir Graham Wade to be humanely put down,” Hall said.
The two deaths come just days after the loss of five horses at at jumps racing meeting Clonmel in County Tipperary in Ireland.
The Irish Times reported that Ballintotty Boy pulled up injured after the first jump in the opening race, a Hurdle. Milan Elite fell at the fifth during a steeplechase and failed to rise; Oscar Pearl was put down after pulling up lame in a steeplechase, and Lisgreen Lad and Areyouforreal both suffered fatal injuries in the final race, a “bumper” race, which is a race on the flat run under National Hunt rules for in experienced horses.