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Race Death Horror on Eve of the Cheltenham Festival

Posted 15 March 2011

On the eve of the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, four horses lost their lives on two British racecourses.

Six-year-old mares Blazing Empress and Chocolat, and 5-year-old gelding, Two Cloudy, all perished at Plumpton racecourse, whilst 11-year-old Monsieur was fatally injured at Taunton.

These deaths coincide with the fourth anniversary of Animal Aid’s Race Horse Deathwatch – a unique online database that records all thoroughbred racing fatalities. Since its launch in March 2007, 645 horses have died on British racecourses.

Says Animal Aid Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

‘Sadly, four horses are not returning to their stables. Once again, the true nature of jump racing is apparent in the unacceptable challenges it holds for horses. The appallingly high numbers of horses killed shows that it is time to take responsibility for the welfare of race horses away from the self-regulating British Horseracing Authority.’

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.
  • Visit Race Horse Deathwatch

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