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En­thu­si­asm for As­cot not shared

- Ascot · United Kingdom · Aberdeenshire · The Queen

SIR, – The Queen has de­scribed As­cot as “one of Bri­tain’s finest sport­ing oc­ca­sions and a high­light of the rac­ing cal­en­dar” (P&J “Who said it”, June 17).

As in the past decade 25 horses have lost their lives on or off the track at As­cot race­course, I can­not share her en­thu­si­asm.

Causes of death have in­cluded frac­tured pasterns, fet­locks, can­non bones, pelvises and legs.

Pushed to break­ing point – per­haps ex­ac­er­bated by abuse of the whip – oth­ers have col­lapsed and died dur­ing or af­ter the race.

Rac­ing causes the death of about 200 horses an­nu­ally in the UK – yet an­other ex­am­ple of an­i­mals suf­fer­ing to en­ter­tain hu­mans. I can find noth­ing “fine” about it. Myrna R For­rester, Spring­field Road, Aberdeen

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