Horse 'Saint Are' Is Back In Stables After Falling At Grand National
Millions of people tuned in to watch the 2018 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse as dozens of horses leapt over grass barriers for the Handicap Chase
A small group of people who placed their bets on Tiger Roll will be cheering well into the night because the horse crossed the line first, but had to hold off a late surge from Pleasant Company.
But with every year, people criticise the race for being inhumane because invariably, some horses fall and have to be euthanised.
This year was no different and a bunch of horses fell, with many onlookers fearing it could be the end of one racer in particular: Saint Are.
The horse fell halfway through the race and a green tent was erected around it in front of worried spectators.
But the Grand National has tweeted that, at this stage, it doesn't look like it has suffered any big damage.
News reaching us is that Saint Are is back in the stables. He's still being treated by the medics, but that has to be a good sign!- Grand National (@grandnational) April 14, 2018
An hour later the account posted this message: "Last we heard of Saint Are is that he was being assessed by vets in the stables after his fall in the National. No news is good news I suppose."
The Racing Post added: "Saint Are has been taken for further veterinary assessment in the racecourse stables after the Grand National.
"All other runners reported to be fine after the race. Charlie Deutsch, who rode Houblon Des Obeaux, is being assessed by medics. All other jockeys returned fine."
Out of nearly 40 horses that took part in the race, only 12 finished.
While it seems as though no horses in that race had to be euthanised, yesterday saw Lilbitluso put down after falling in the Randox Heath Foxhunters Chase on the first day of the three-day festival.
A statement from Aintree said: "Lilbitluso fell and was quickly attended to by our expert veterinary professionals. Sadly, the nature of the injury meant it was necessary to put him down humanely on welfare grounds.
"Our sympathies are very much with his owners and the team who cared for him on a daily basis."
While the Grand National is the most valuable jump race in Europe, it has an above average mortality rate compared with modern steeplechase races.
Here's hoping it's only good news for Saint Are in the coming days.
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