Chel­tenham Race­course crit­i­cised after death of horses

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

Chel­tenham Race­course has been heav­ily crit­i­cised fol­low­ing the death of four horses in the space of three days. The in­ci­dents have taken the num­ber of horses killed at Chel­tenham this year to 11, which fol­lows the 10 killed in 2016, and jockey Brian Hughes pub­licly crit­i­cised the state of the course after rid­ing two horses ear­lier this week. Upon re­turn­ing to the weigh­ing room after rid­ing Cloudy Dream to sec­ond place in the Shloer Chase, Hughes said, “The track should be ashamed of them­selves, wa­ter­ing so much,” Hughes told re­porters. “That’s hor­ren­dous ground.” Chel­tenham’s clerk of the course, Si­mon Claisse, de­fended the state of the track and claimed that of­fi­cials had not wa­tered it for three weeks be­cause it was ini­tially in good con­di­tion, be­fore ex­ces­sive rain changed that, and he hit back at Hughes by claim­ing he should “sub­stan­ti­ate his claims be­fore be­ing pub­licly crit­i­cal.” Dene Stansall, An­i­mal Aid’s Horse Rac­ing Con­sul­tant, said, “After un­watch­able scenes of horses fall­ing and break­ing down in­jured, and four young, in­no­cent horses dead at the end of three days’ rac­ing, ques­tions must be an­swered and peo­ple held re­spon­si­ble for this bla­tant an­i­mal abuse.”

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