Gloucestershire-based racehorse Saint Are has been given the all-clear following a dramatic fall at Saturday’s annual Grand National event at Aintree.
The 12-year-old bay gelding was brought down as he cleared the infamous 15th fence – ‘The Chair’ – and there were fears over whether it would disrupt his racing career. He was then escorted back to the stables where the necessary check overs and assessments took place. No other horses were hurt during the incident.
Speaking to The Irish Times yesterday, trainer Tom George confirmed the horse had “a good comfortable night” and thinks he came out of it “just a bit shaken” as they returned to their Gloucestershire stables early today.
This was the 171st Grand National steeplechase and was the fifth one in which Saint Are had participated in. His best showing came in 2015 as he finished runner-up to Leighton Aspell’s Many Clouds.
This year’s race was won by odds-on favourite Tiger Roll who bided his time before making the decisive move to take hold of proceedings. It was a close finish between himself and Pleasant Company but he managed to see it out and claim jockey Davy Russell his first first Grand National success in 14 attempts.
Fellow tipster’s pick Anibale Fly could only place fourth, finishing closely behind Jack Kennedy’s Bless The Wings.
The event did however sustain some criticism following the death of 10-year-old gelding Lilbitluso.
The horse fell atn the Canal Turn fence on the opening day at Aintree and was subsequently put down. PETA then hit out at broadcaster ITV and demanded the race be taken off screens in the future.