I did not watch the Grand National. I saw some of the events on the TV news later. Surely it is time to change the course and the race so that the safety of horses is looked after?
No-one would find it acceptable if a couple of drivers died in every Grand Prix car race. Formula One has responded to driver and spectator worries about past fatalities of drivers by making the circuits safer and improving the safety of the cars. We can now enjoy Formula One racing in the knowledge that the death of a driver is extremely unlikely, even in a bad crash.
So how can we enjoy a race which has led to the death of two horses in 2011 and another two fine horses in 2012? I am not suggesting legislators should ban the race, but I am suggesting all those in the racing industry should recognise that there is now a very strong feeling amongst many of us that the injury and death rate is unacceptably high. It is time the racing authorities took sufficient action, as Formula One seems to have done.