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fartcatcher

Grand National

Good News

1. I had the winner
2. Ferguson's horse came nowhere

Bad news

That aerial shot of Becher's Brook second time round with that horse lying there surrounded by screens, either dead or awaiting it's depatch with a bullet through the head.

very upsetting.
Dock

Well done FC. 10/10   I only managed third with Don't Push It, but I had it each way so money back n' that.
fartcatcher

first time in ten years though.

a lot of bad press about the race this year. I guess horses are like footballers - more likely to injure themselves on hard ground.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

surely after 20 horse deaths in 10 years and one jockey being put in an induced coma it is time to make the jumps lower and safer????
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
surely after 20 horse deaths in 10 years and one jockey being put in an induced coma it is time to make the jumps lower and safer????


Its a bit of a tightrope Dawg. If they lower the fences that means the horses will jump them faster, and this will mean they fall harder and faster. The height of the jumps is to help slow the buggers down as they are hammering along at quite a speed. Even the RSPCA's equine consultant is as happy as he can be with the racecourse. At least it isn't like the very old days where at some courses they would have horses jumping stone/brick walls. Ouch!

The deaths on Staurday were terrible, and as a lover of animals and horses I hate to see it, but again I have to state that these horses are only in existence because they were bred for the sole purpose of racing. The majority live a very nice life. Many of the people who are up in arms about it were probably discussing it with their families the following Sunday as they sat down to eat a dinner that included a lamb or cow that had been bred for the sole purpose of being eaten by a human.
sheeps

Why not make the first fence 30ft high then we can all fuck off and do something interesting.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Why not make the first fence 30ft high then we can all fuck off and do something interesting.


An excellent thesis Professor.  
Grind

They could put netting over the fence and attach velcro strips to the horses and riders and see which ones get highest.

That would be ace.
Dock

New BHA rules in effect from Monday in time for the new jumps season: "The whip can only be used a maximum of seven times in a Flat race, and eight times in a jumps race (and only five times in the last furlong/after the last obstacle)."

Its got the backing of the top jocks, and I personally think it will sort the men from the boys regarding who the real horsemen are in a race re: handling a horse and knowing its capabilities. The amount of whipping they have ruled is acceptable is at least half the amount of hits that most jockeys receive a ban for. They ruled against a total ban because it was deemed "unnecessary" by animal wefare organisations.

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