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Two race horses die at Grand National

The owners of two equines racing in last weekend’s Grand National may have to claim on theirĀ race horse insurance after the beasts were fatally injured on the Aintree course.

Both Ornais and Dooney’s Gate died on the course after falls, leading to two fences being omitted on the second circuit.

Commenting on the tragedy, course managing director Julian Thick said: “When a horse gets hurt, everyone is deeply upset. Safety is the first priority for the organisers of the Grand National meeting.”

He added that efforts would be stepped up to ensure horses, jockeys and spectators can also participate without being at risk.

Last year, there may have been as many as three claims onĀ horse insurance policies following the trip to Aintree, as a trio of animals met their end on the course.

This year, the winner of the Grand National was ten-year-old Ballabriggs, who was trained by Donald McCain.

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