ES Views Letter of the Day: We do all we can to make racing safe

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As we approach the Grand National, one of the highlights of the British racing calendar, it is important to recognise the dedication of the 6,000 people who ensure racehorses receive the best level of care.

We demand the highest standards of care from all licensed jockeys, trainers and racecourses when it comes to horse welfare and we are proud of our record.

Jump racing has an equine fatality rate of around 0.4 per cent of all runners and over the past 20 years it has fallen by a third. After the 2012 Grand National, Aintree invested more than £1.5 million on safety measures and since then there have been no fatalities in the race.

All the history and prestige of British racing would mean nothing if we did not care for our horses.

Racing provides tales of equine bravery enjoyed by millions but that is only possible because of those who ensure the welfare of the horses comes first.
Nick Rust, chief executive, British Horseracing Authority

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