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Racehorse dies following Grand National injuries

May 17, 2007

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 www.horsedeathwatch.com.

 

 

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