Aintree looks to improve Grand National safety

Aintree MD Julian Thick reveals that they will be loking to improve the Grand National's safety after two horses died in today's event.

Aintree Managing Director Julian Thick has revealed that they will be looking to improve safety at the Grand National after two horses died at today's event.

Synchronised - the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, and many people's favourite for the National - and According to Pete both fell at the famous Becher's Brook fence and had to be put down following fractures to their legs.

The incident marred what was otherwise a thrilling race, won by Neptune Collonges in the tightest ever Grand National.

"We are desperately sad at these two accidents and our sympathies are with the connections of both horses," said Thick.

"When a horse gets hurt, everyone is deeply upset. Safety is the first priority for the organisers of the Grand National and we make every effort to ensure that everyone involved in the event is able to participate in safety.

"After today, we will, as always, be looking at all aspects of this year's race to see how we can improve safety further."

It is the second Grand National in a row in which two horses have died after Onnais and Dooneys Gate had to be put down in last year's event.

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