There was tragedy in the 2021 Grand National with one horse being put down after suffering an injury in the race. The Long Mile, trained by Philip Dempsey and owned by J.P. McManus, was put to sleep after going down earlier in the race.
Devon jockey Bryony Frost also had to be taken to hospital for further assessment after suffering injuries as she fell.
Viewers soon took to social media upon hearing the news that The Long Mile had to be put down.
One Twitter user wrote: “Condolences to connections of The Long Mile and fingers crossed for good news on Harry C and Brioney.”
Another posted: “Distressed to hear that The Long Mile has been put to sleep.”
A third said: “Sad for JP he wins the race but sadly the long mile is not coming home.”
A fourth wrote: “So sorry for The Long Mile and all connections at the stable.”
Jockey Club information
The Randox Grand National is amongst the most spectacular races in the world and nothing matters more at Aintree than the safety and welfare of all participants.
Races on the Grand National Course (three across the three-day Randox Grand National Festival) remain unique but fair challenges for horse and rider, but the evidence suggests, increasingly safer ones. Since 2012 there has only been one equine fatality in the Randox Grand National from 278 runners and counting (horse: Up For Review).
We require horses and jockeys to meet stringent standards of fitness, capability and experience. Every horse in every race and the Randox Grand National Festival will have pre-race checks from a veterinarian on limbs and joints and heart rate, plus a trot up to ensure they are fit and healthy.
Each jockey is required to be passed fit and have ridden 15 winners, 10 in steeplechases, and there are mandatory jockey course walks with an experienced professional coach for those who have had two or less rides in Grand National races.
In the last decade we have spent more than £2 million on horse welfare measures.
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