The Grand National Meeting’s Horse Deaths

A list of the horses who have died running at the Cheltenham Festival between 2000 and 2019.

Key

Horses killed on the Aintree Grand National Course:

GN – Grand National (the race itself)

GNC – Grand National Course (horses killed not in the Grand National race itself, but in other races over the same course)

Horses killed on the Aintree Mildmay Racecourse in a specific type of race:

A Hurdle race

A Chase race

A Novice Hurdle race

A Novice Chase race

A National Hunt Flat race

Deaths

2019

  • Up For Review – GN – aged 10 – Brought Down – Broke Neck – Dead
  • Forest des Aigles (FR) – GNC – aged 8 – Broke Foreleg – Destroyed
  • Crucial Role – Novice Chase – aged 7 – Fell – Injured – Destroyed

2018

  • Lilbitluso – GNC – aged 10 – Fell Injured Destroyed

 

2017

  • No Deaths Recorded

2016:

  • Kings Palace – Hurdle – aged 8 – Pulled Up Lame – Destroyed
  • Gullinbursti – GNC– aged 10 – Fell Broke Neck – Dead
  • Minella Reception – GNC – aged 10 – Fell – Dead
  • Marasonnien – GNC – aged 10 – Collapsed – Fatally Injured
  • Clonbanan Lad – GNC – aged 10 – Collapsed – Fatally Injured
  • Arzal – Novice Chase – aged 6 – Injured – Destroyed 

2015

  • Balder Success – Chase – aged 7 – Fell – Injured Shoulder – Destroyed
  • Seedling – Novice Hurdle – aged 6 – Fell – Broke Neck – Dead

2014

  • No Deaths Recorded

2013

  • Little Josh –GNC – aged 11 – Fell Broke Shoulder – Destroyed
  • Battlefront – GNC – aged 11 – Collapsed and Fatally Injured

2012

  • According To Pete – GN – aged 11 – Brought Down – Broke Leg – Destroyed
  • Synchronised –GN – aged 9 – Fell – Broke Leg Running Loose – Destroyed
  • Gottony O’S – Hurdle – aged 4 – Fractured Right Foreleg – Destroyed

2011

  • Leo’s Lucky Star – Chase – aged 9 – Injured Destroyed
  • Inventor – Hurdle – aged 6 – Injured Destroyed
  • Dooneys Gate – GN – aged 10 – broke back
    Ornais – GN – aged 9 – broke neck
  • Bible Lord – GNC – aged 10 – Injured Spine Destroyed Months Later

2010

  • Baba O’Curragh – National Hunt Flat – aged 4 – Knee Injury Destroyed
  • Pagan Starprincess – Hurdle – aged 6 – Head Injury Killed Instantly
  • Plaisir D’Estruval –GNC – aged 7 – Broke Neck
  • Prudent Honour –GNC – aged 8 – Broke Neck
  • Schindlers Hunt – Chase – aged 10 – Broke Foreleg Destroyed

2009

  • Hear The Echo – GN – aged 8 – Collapsed & Died
  • Mel In Blue – GNC – aged 11 – Broke Neck
  • Exotic Dancer – Chase – aged 9 – Collapsed & Died
  • Moscow Catch – Novice Hurdle – aged 6 – Broke Neck
  • Lilla Sophia – National Hunt Flat – aged 4 – Broke Leg Destroyed

2008

  • McKelvey – GN – aged 8 – Injured Destroyed
  • In The High Grass – GNC – aged 7 – Fatal Fall
  • Time To Sell – GNC – aged 9 – Fatal Fall

2007

  • Graphic Approach – GN – aged 9 – Injured / Later Complications PTS
  • Lord Rodney – GNC – aged 8 – Brought Down Injured Destroyed
  • Into The Shadows – Hurdle – aged 7 – Internal Haemorrhage During Race

2006

  • Tyneandthyneagain – GN – aged 11 – Injured Destroyed
  • Terivic – GNC – aged 6 – Fatal Fall

2005

  • Lilium De Cotte – Hurdle – aged 6 – Internal Haemorrhage During Race

2004

  • No Deaths Recorded

2003

  • Goguenard – GN – aged 9 – Injured Destroyed
  • Coolnagorna – Novice Hurdle – aged 6 – Broke Hind Leg – Destroyed

2002

  • The Last Fling – GN – aged 12 – Fatal Fall
  • Manx Magic – GN – aged 9 – Fatal Fall
  • Anubis Quercus – GNC – aged 9 – Fatal Fall
  • Desert Mountain – Chase – aged 9 – Fatal Fall

2001

  • The Outback Way – GNC – aged 11 – Brought Down – Spinal Injuries Destroyed

2000

  • Toni’s Tip – GNC – aged 8 – Fatal Fall
  • Rossell Island – GNC – aged 9 – Fatal Fall
  • Strong Promise – Chase –aged 9 – Fatal Fall
  • Lake Kariba – Chase – aged 9 – Collapsed & Died
  • Architect – Novice Hurdle – aged 4 – Fatal Fall

Chart: Breakdown of Deaths at Aintree Grand National Meetings 2000 to 2019

Year

 GN Race

GN Meeting Course Foxhunters / Topham

Mildmay Chase / Hurdle / NHF

Total

2000

0

2

3

5

2001

0

1

0

1

2002

2

1

1

4

2003

1

0

1

2

2004

0

0

0

0

2005

0

0

1

1

2006

1

1

0

2

2007

1

1

1

3

2008

1

2

0

3

2009

1

1

3

5

2010

0

2

3

5

2011

2

1

2

5

2012

2

0

1

3

2013

0

2

0

2

2014

0

0

0

0

2015

0

0

2

2

2016

0

4

2

6

2017

0

0

0

0

2018

0

1

0

1

2019

1

1

1

3

Total

12

20

21

53

 

Additional Information

Races are held on the Grand National Course in the winter months, either in late November or early December. Races over the GN Course are the Sefton Chase and the Becher Chase.

Deaths

2014

  • Balbriggan – Becher – aged 7 – Broke Down Destroyed

2013

  • Plein Pouvoir – Sefton – aged 10 – Fell Injured Destroyed

2010

  • Private Be – Sefton – aged 11 – Collapsed and Died after finish

Chart: Annual Deaths on the Grand National Course 2000 to 2019

NB Sefton first run in 2003

Year

GN Race

GN Course – GN Meeting

GN Course – Nov/Dec Meeting

Total

Foxhunters/ Topham

Becher/Sefton

2000

0

2

0

2

2001

0

1

0

1

2002

2

1

0

3

2003

1

0

0

1

2004

0

0

0

0

2005

0

0

0

0

2006

1

1

0

2

2007

1

1

0

2

2008

1

2

0

3

2009

1

1

0

2

2010

0

2

1

3

2011

2

1

0

3

2012

2

0

0

2

2013

0

2

1

3

2014

0

0

1

1

2015

0

0

0

0

2016

0

4

0

4

2017

0

0

0

0

2018

0

1

0

1

2019

1

1

0

2

Total

12

20

3

35