British Horseracing Authority To Investigate Six Equine Fatalities At Cheltenham

by | 03.17.2018 | 9:27am
Cheltenham Festival

Six horses were killed during the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, according to uk.reuters.com. Four of those were on the festival's closing day on Friday, including Sandsend, Some Plan, Dresden, and North Hill. Mossback and Report to Base died after falls on Tuesday.

Following the conclusion of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said:

“I must first express my sympathy towards to all those who will have loved and cared for the horses who suffered fatal injuries this week. Everyone who follows this sport does so because we love these fine animals and it is extremely sad when we lose any horse.

“The BHA will be reviewing the circumstances leading to the fatalities at the Cheltenham Festival. We will examine the evidence from the past week over the next few days before deciding how we will pursue the review.

“We continue to use research, safety measures, regulation and education to reduce fatality rates to as close to zero as possible. This is what has contributed to the overall fatality rate within British racing reducing by a third in the last 20 years, and the fatality rate in Jump racing reducing to below 0.4% of runners.

“We will also be examining whether the existing penalties for misuse of the whip, and how they apply, constitute an adequate deterrent to jockeys.”

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