Former Grand National winner Many Clouds collapsed and died after a gruelling race at Cheltenham earlier this year but UK-based animal rights group Animal Aid said it was a tragedy that could have been avoided.
Animal Aid warned the regulator, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), 10 months ago that Many Clouds could collapse and die while racing. It was reported, after winning the Grand National he physically suffered in races and needed oxygen to recover.The BHA took 10 days to give a brief reply relating to the then nine year old gelding.
Sadly, after running three and a quarter miles and jumping 21 fences, an exhausted Many Clouds dropped dead in front of the large crowd.
Animal Aid horse racing consultant, Dene Stansall said: “The racing to death of Many Clouds was as predictable as it was tragic. All of those connected with the horse would presumably have known of his life threatening health condition and they failed to act in the horse’s interest.”
Many Clouds is just one of the thousands of race horses who are exploited daily by the racing industry. Many suffer the ultimate price of death on the racecourse.
Horse Racing is cruel. Don’t bet and don’t support the ‘sport’.