Grand National shame as horse Up For Review is killed at the first fence

Posted on the 6th April 2019

Chaos at the first fence in the Grand National resulted in race horse Up For Review being brought down by a fallen horse.

There were horrific scenes of Up For Review thrashing about on the ground as life drained from him. Whilst celebrations and hard luck stories followed at the end of the race – which saw fewer than half of the horses complete the gruelling four-mile-plus race – the ten-year-old gelding, Up For Review, lay dead on the world’s most notorious racecourse.

His death is the third during the three-day Grand National meeting and follows those of Forest des Aigles who was also killed on the Grand National Course and Crucial Role, a novice race horse, who was also destroyed after a fall on Aintree’s Mildmay Course.

The Grand National has claimed the lives of twelve horses since the year 2000 and a total of 53 horses at the Grand National Meeting as a whole. It is time to stop animals being used in barbaric races that should be consigned to history.

Says Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

‘Animal Aid will continue to campaign for a ban on the Grand National. No horse deserves to die for entertainment. Up For Review’s death was one of the worst I’ve ever seen in the Grand National – it is time to ban this disgusting race.’

Notes to Editors

  • For more information contact Dene Stansall on: 01732 364546

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