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  1. As I write, Alan Lee is being interviewed on Talk Sport about the negative aspect of Saturday’s Grand National which is understandable, yet at the same time the subject matter is frustrating.

    Would Alan have been on the show three days later but for the unfortunate deaths of two horses?

    The answer (of course) is an emphatic no as once again we debate the safety of the National course which is only right and proper but that said, let us (at least) also focus upon the magnificent effort of horse, rider and trainer as Ballabriggs gained yet another victory for ‘Team McCain’.

    Without wishing to dilute the ‘tragedy’ (as explained to my horse loving daughter), we must never lose sight that racehorses in general are arguably the luckiest of animals alive in this modern age, such are the wonderful training facilities, notwithstanding great organisations which look after their well being from an ‘equine rights’ perspective.

    I remember paying my first visit to nearby Chester racecourse a few years ago but did not want to see the alcohol influenced crowd spoiling the occasion for the masses.

    I was at Anfield when Liverpool were beaten by a far less talented team. I have been held up on the M6 more times than I care to remember when heading north.

    All of these experiences were ‘undesired’ as was the prone state of a horse on the Aintree turf on Saturday but having lived through a three year anorexia battle with my afore mentioned daughter, I appreciate that some things in life just happen, no matter how much we do to avoid the unpleasant side of life.

    I would far rather have enjoyed the wonderful venue that is the Roodee in peace and tranquility.

    Liverpool in their heyday must have been magnificent to watch live but that was not my privilege on my one and only visit.

    And yes, Saturday’s spectacle would have been far more enjoyable for racegoers had two horses not perished doing what they do best, run with the pack.

    What we need to do is not overreact, to right the wrongs of what the horses experienced AFTER the race.

    Trainers expect to face the uncertainty of the welfare of their runners before the race. What they would have found inexcusable was the amateur efforts to cool down horses who had done what they enjoyed doing, running alongside their ‘mates’.

    The media circus which rolls out after every televised race these days is wrong, as jockeys struggle to get their breath to tell us nothing we could not work out for ourselves.

    Must we follow America in everything ‘they’ do?

    What Aintree did right on Saturday was to prepare the course the best way known to man to attempt to ensure that horse and rider were as safe as they could possibly be.

    What happened was upsetting for all who witnessed the event but it was the fault of nobody, just as in my daughter’s case with the dreaded illness.

    We have to move on and that means ‘crossing the road’ on an everyday basis, or are the politically correct people in this world going to outlaw pedestrians?


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