Protests, a chaotic race and the RSPCA’s response will cut through to the viewing public more than safety statistics
It has always been something of a double-edged sword that, of the 10,000 horse races in Britain each year, the only one that gets the entire nation interested is so unlike the other 9,999.
The Grand National’s extended distance, the number and nature of its fences and its 40-runner field are all unique, and have contributed to its immense popularity throughout a near 200-year history. But the characteristics that make it the most exciting and unpredictable spectacle of the racing year also ensure that it is the riskiest too for both horses and riders.
Written by Greg Wood
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/apr/16/animal-rising-grand-national-protest-british-horseracing-authority under the title “This Grand National was an unsettling spectacle for many inside racing’s bubble | Greg Wood”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.