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World Horse Welfare Statement in response to the Randox Grand National 2024

Aintree Racecourse reported no horses had fallen and 21 out of 32 finished in today's Radox Grand National, with I Am Maximus ridden by Paul Townend coming in first.

A number of changes were put in place this year, including a reduced number of competitors

Regarding the Grand National meet, Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare said:

"It’s certainly good news that all horses made it home safely in the Grand National. Today was a true spectacle for all the right reasons, and showed that responsible riding and the changes Aintree made to improve safety did not detract from the race. While it will obviously take a few years to be able to truly assess the impact of the latest changes, today was an encouraging start.

"As independent welfare advisors to the British Horseracing Authority, we support Aintree in making evidence-based changes, but the tragic deaths of Giovinco and Pikar on Friday are a clear reminder of the importance of the Jump Race Risk Model to lead further changes to make this and other jump races safer.

"No fatality can ever be accepted as a consequence of racing and it is in racing’s power to continually and vigorously pursue improvements, and we look forward to supporting them in this where we can." 

For more information on the World Horse Welfare charity, visit

Slán go fóill.


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