George Baker Makes Interest Point About Grand National

April 19, 2011 (Blog Entree)


Tuesday 19th April....

Monday evening, so it must be Windsor....

Confusingly, we headed there last night with a "nationwide gamble" in Ancient Greece. A nice horse. With dual purpose options. But as the winner of a Yarmouth Claimer last Summer in amongst some pretty average runs, it was difficult to understand the punt...

AG looked magnificent. Superby turned out by Annalee. And ran well until tiring through the final furlong. A drop back in trip could be the answer, but I personally am looking forward to seeing him over a hurdle in time. He has schooled really well....

A beautiful morning here today. We have just worked Stefanki, National Hope and Jacks Revenge up the grass. A few more about to work second lot. The feel of a mid-June early morning. We do need some rain though. A few National Hunt horses waiting in the wings. It will come...

The Grand National debate raging on. The one issue that has confused me in particular is why the bodies of the dead horses were left on the track as the runners came around on the second circuit. To my mind, this has never happened before. And only served to accentuate their deaths to those watching, at the same time creating some pretty gruesome and sad footage. I am not for one moment suggesting that these two sad fatalities be swept under the carpet, "out of sight, out of mind". Fatalaties and the reasons for their occurrence need to be addressed and assessed. But in all my many years of Grand National watching, both live at Aintree and on TV, previous fatalities have, I am pretty sure, been removed from the course before the runners reappeared on the second circuit. Why did it not happen on this occasion, necessitating the bypassing of a couple of fences, including Bechers, and, to my mind, polarising viewers minds on the sad green tarpaulins on the ground......????

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