Grand National tragedy as horse dies after violent flip over fence

DESPITE all the fun and frolicking at Aintree over the past three days, there is a sad side to racing often overlooked.

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Earlier today novice hurdler, Seedling, met a sudden death as it collided with a hurdle on the final day of the packed race meeting.

The six-year-old horse had been running in the first race of the day when it hit the second-to-last fence.

Favourite Nicholas Canyon, ridden by Ruby Walsh, went on to win the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.

Thirteen other horses were entered into the race and all finished comfortably.

Animal rights group Animal Aid posted a statement on their website about the horse’s untimely death.

It reads: “A six year old novice hurdler, Seedling, met a violent death when he hit and somersaulted over a hurdle on Grand National day at Aintree.

“A witness observed that Seedling hit the ground and bounced like a rag doll.

“The broadcast team meanwhile continued with blithely upbeat chatter, even though they were aware that the green screens had been erected around the stricken horse.”

Seedling is the first and only fatality of the Aintree meeting so far.

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