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 Grand National
Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 20:41

Is it time the festival came to an end?

I used to enjoy lining up at the bookies and putting a raft of each way bets on but in years gone by I've lost interest, predominantly because over the years a number of horses have died, all in the interests of sport and viewers. Three died during this years festival.

I now can't watch it, doesn't interest me in the slightest.

Think it's time it was put to bed.

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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 20:57

Still enjoy watching it and these days it's really the only time I bet on the horses.

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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: renegade master  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 21:00

Ban horse racing and what happens to all the race horses?

They die doing what they love not what they are forced to do, horses that unseated their riders were still jumping fences yesterday!
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 21:37

Quote:

renegade master, Sun 7 Apr 21:00

Ban horse racing and what happens to all the race horses?

They die doing what they love not what they are forced to do, horses that unseated their riders were still jumping fences yesterday!


I don't think dying doing what they love to do justifies anything to be honest.

I'm not suggesting either banning horse racing in its entirety, but some of the races and the height of those fences with the amount of riders, isn't right to me.

Every year at Grand National, first question is who won and the second is nearly always how many died, it quite frankly shouldn't be like that.
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: renegade master  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 22:09

Ever been to Badminton Horse Trials?

A horse can land awkwardly on a small fence!
On a tight turn etc etc

A lame horse is better off in the knackers yard as fallen stock.
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: Rastapari  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 22:13

Would you be comfortable putting a crocked footballer down?

I Hope You're Ok Today....
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: ipswichpar  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 22:23

Quote:

Rastapari, Sun 7 Apr 22:13

Would you be comfortable putting a crocked footballer down?


I had never considered this as a better deterrent than a yellow card for simulation but it might have some legs!

....or those pretending to be injured for a few weeks.....
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: calpar  
Date:   Sun 7 Apr 23:39

Won again this year, keep up the good work
First fatality in National for 6 years, since the fences were lowered, horrendous mone the less, but the horse was brought down by another, an accident
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: EastEndBoy  
Date:   Mon 8 Apr 15:06

The strange thing is that the people who care most about the horses are those involved with their care and well being and the sport as a whole.

...ken?
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: Playup_Pompey  
Date:   Mon 8 Apr 15:28

Girl fell and dislocated both knees/broke both legs over the weekend at gymnastics event.

Time to end this disgraceful practice,

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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Mon 8 Apr 15:57

I take it a curtain was pulled around the girl as she writhed in agony and a doctor put her out of her misery?

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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: renegade master  
Date:   Mon 8 Apr 17:11

The One Who Knocks wrote:

> I take it a curtain was pulled around the girl as she writhed
> in agony and a doctor put her out of her misery?
>
No because she is a human and not an animal.

We should kill every hole digging animal in the world to stop the bigger animals falling down their holes and breaking theirs legs. They lay in agony for days at a time until they die a long tortuous death as there is no vet on immediate call to put them out their misery!
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Mon 8 Apr 18:02

RM I agree that there is a massive difference between a horse and a girl but I didn't compare gymnastics to horse racing.

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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Tue 9 Apr 04:43

Jump racing has been banned in all but two states in Australia for quite a number of years.

I read somewhere that veterinary study found horses were 19 times more likely to die in jump racing than on the flat.
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Wed 10 Apr 07:03

The comparisons made are quite honestly baffling...nevermind.

At least the Ozzies have got it right.
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: SergioDuarte  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 08:41

It’s pretty barbaric. I stopped betting on it years ago. Not any different from bullfighting imo.
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 09:56

Oh no, bullfighting is far more barbaric.

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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: Andrew283  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 18:33

Will never quite understand using animals for sport.
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 Re: Grand National
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 18:39

All sport is tribal and primitive. It appeals to our base instincts.

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