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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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