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Tombstone Ceremony for Horses Killed at Cheltenham

Posted 11 March 2011

Animal Aid’s roll call of 32 thoroughbred victims

Date: 17 March 2011
Time: Midday
Location: The Main Entrance, Cheltenham Racecourse

Animal Aid supporters will next week stage a memorial ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse to commemorate the 32 horses who have died at the Festival between 2000 and 2010*. Bearing ‘tombstones’ with the names of the dead thoroughbreds, activists will maintain a silent presence outside the main entrance of the course, while a mourner reads out a short eulogy for each horse.

The 2011 Festival coincides with the fourth anniversary of Animal Aid’s Race Horse Deathwatch – a unique online database that monitors all thoroughbred deaths on Britain’s racecourses. Since its launch in March 2007, nearly 650 horses have died on Britain’s 60 racecourses; Cheltenham is the most hazardous course of them all.**

Despite relocating an especially treacherous fence for this year’s Festival, racing at Cheltenham remains highly challenging and hazardous. The 2006 Festival was a particularly sickening event, with 11 horses perishing. Four horses died during the 2010 Festival – the highest number of Festival deaths since 2006.

Says Animal Aid Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

‘We will be at Britain’s most notorious death trap for race horses to remind punters of the 32 horses who have died at Cheltenham over the past decade. Sadly, horses are continuing to die in large numbers at racecourses around the country. The British Horseracing Authority refuses to name or keep public count of these horses, so Animal Aid has taken on the role of bringing the shocking truth to the public’s attention. We look forward to the day that events such as the Cheltenham Festival, which put profit before animals’ lives, are a thing of the past.’

*The 2001 meeting was suspended due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak.
** Every year, between the Cheltenham and Grand National Festivals, Animal Aid produces a report on horse deaths that have occurred in the previous year. This will be available shortly.

More information:

  • For full background and interviews, contact Andrew Tyler or Dene Stansall on 01732 364546.
  • An ISDN line is available for broadcast-quality interviews.

Notes to editors:

  • Of the approximately18,000 horses who have been bred annually in recent years by the closely related British and Irish racing industries, only around 40 per cent go on to race. Many of the ‘low quality’ newborns are destroyed, while those who do enter racing suffer a high level of fatal injuries and stress-related illnesses, such as gastric ulcers and bleeding lungs. Around 7,500 thoroughbreds have been leaving British racing each year, yet very few go on to a sanctuary or adoptive home.
  • View our powerful 90-second web film

List of all thoroughbreds killed at the Cheltenham Festival 2000-2010

N.B. Racing did not take place at Cheltenham in 2001 due to the Foot and Mouth outbreak.

2010

  • Izita Star – aged 7 – Hurdle – Spinal Injury: Destroyed
  • Fairyland – aged 7 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall
  • Citizen Vic – aged 7 – Chase – Fatal Fall
  • Casey Jones – aged 9 – Chase – Brought Down Injured: Destroyed

2009:

  • Clarified – aged 7 – Chase – Injured: Destroyed

2008:

  • Whispered Promises – aged 7 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall

2007:

  • Swift Thyne – aged 7 – Novice Chase – Spinal Injury: Destroyed
  • Little Brick – aged 8 – Chase – Broke Shoulder: Destroyed

2006:

  • Bayard – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Broke Neck
  • No Where To Hyde – aged 6 – Hurdle – Broke Leg: Destroyed
  • Holy Orders – aged 9 – Hurdle – Broke Hind Leg: Destroyed
  • Sh Boom – aged 8 – Hurdle – Injured: Died During the Night
  • Basilea Star – aged 9 - Novice Chase – Fatal Fall
  • Mr Babbage – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Broke Shoulder: Destroyed
  • Millenaire – aged 7 – Novice Chase – Broke Back: Destroyed
  • Olaso – aged 7 – Hurdle – Broke Foreleg: Destroyed
  • Buck Whaley – aged 6 – Hurdle – Broke Neck
  • Alfred The Great – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Severed Tendon: Destroyed
  • Kalmini – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Injured: Destroyed

2005:

  • Persian Waters – aged 9 – Chase – Collapsed and Died
  • Laska De Thaix – aged 6 – Novice Chase – Broke Foreleg: Destroyed
  • Great Travel – aged 6 – Chase – Fatal Fall

2004:

  • Tardar – aged 8 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall
  • Atlastaboy – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Injured: Destroyed
  • Magic Bailiwick – aged 8 – Novice Chase – Fatal Fall

2003:

  • Old California – aged 4 – Novice Hurdle – Fatal Fall
  • Dorans Pride – aged 14 – Chase – Fatal Fall
  • Comex Flyer – aged 6 – Hurdle – Fatal Fall

2002:

  • Valiramix – aged 6 – Hurdle – Broke Shoulder: Destroyed
  • Rouble – aged 6 – Novice Hurdle – Broke Leg: Destroyed
  • Tapping Tam – aged 6 – Novice Chase – Injured: Destroyed

2001: Abandoned Meeting due to Foot and Mouth outbreak

2000:

  • Gloria Victis – aged 6 – Chase – Fatal Fall

*The 2001 meeting was suspended due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak.
** Every year, between the Cheltenham and Grand National Festivals, Animal Aid produces a report on horse deaths that have occurred in the previous year. This will be available shortly.

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