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SCOTT HEPPELL/AP/Press Association Images The notorious Becher's Brook.
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POLL: Is the Grand National too cruel?
The showcase event at Aintree has come under strong criticism after two horses suffered fatal injuries on Saturday.

AINTREE’S ANNUAL SPECTACLE drew in the crowds once again on Saturday as an exhilarating finale resulted in victory for 33-1 shot Neptune Collonges and Daryl Jacob.

However, much of the post-race reaction has revolved around the safety of the horses and the jockeys who ride them after the deaths of According to Pete and recent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sychronised and injuries to two others.

There have been calls from the RSPCA to shorten the field and rid the track of controversial jump Becher’s Brook while others want it stopped altogether.

AP McCoy is believed to be ‘devastated’ by the loss of Synchronised and According To Pete’s owner Peter Helson has said he will never enter the race again.

So, what is your opinion on the future of the Grand National?


Poll Results:

Revisions need to be made in order to prevent further deaths. (969)
There is no reason for changes, which will only take away from it as a spectacle. (528)
Ban the race altogether. This cruelty must end. (290)



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