Queen loses racehorse in fall at Royal Ascot meeting

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The Queen lost her runner in the King George V Stakes during Thursday’s racing at Royal Ascot after the horse took a tumble toward the rear of the field.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old Guy Fawkes suffered a compound fracture of his right foot. He was euthanised as a result.

Guy Fawkes’ jockey, Pat Smullen, pulled the gelding up as soon as he felt something was wrong, but the horse unseated him and went down.

Guy Fawkes was the Queen’s fourth runner of the week at the prestigious high-stakes meeting. She has three more runners scheduled to race this week

She is seeking her 23rd winner since she first sent horses to race at Royal Ascot.

The animal advocacy group Animal Aid reacted with dismay to Guy Fawkes’ loss.

It noted his death occurred just a few hours after campaigners from Animal Aid and Care2 handed in a 118,000-signature online petition calling for an urgent independent inquiry into horse deaths at Ascot Racecourse.

The group said Ascot Racecourse has had the worst fatality record of any flat (turf) racecourse in Britain in recent years. More horses have died on the flat at Ascot than on its jumps course.

It said the loss of Guy Fawkes brings to 27 the number of horses killed at Ascot since Animal Aid launched its online database that records on-course horse fatalities in 2007.

“The huge number of signatures on the Animal Aid/Care2 petition must, surely, show Ascot Racecourse that people want answers as to why so many horses die at its venue,” the groups’ horse racing consultant, Dene Stansall, said.

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