Amid the pomp and hype of the Royal Ascot race meeting, two horses lost their lives yesterday (17 June 2014).
The second race of the day saw two-year-old Case Statement break down badly half way through the six-furlong (3/4 mile) Coventry Stakes. He was taken off the course in a horse-box and destroyed by vets in the racecourse stables away from the crowds.
In the penultimate race of the day, the Ascot Stakes, five-year-old grey gelding Sir Graham Wade broke down injured on the course – he too was destroyed.
Both horses’ injuries received little mention during the Channel 4 TV coverage, which was characterised by a smiling, celebratory commentary team, whose back-patting of the winning connections overrode any sign of sympathy for the poor horses.
Shamefully, in the re-run of the Coventry Stakes, the race analysis commentary team never gave the young Case Statement a mention despite the obvious sight of an injured horse pulling up badly lame with a self-evident fatal injury.
It would appear that nothing was to be allowed to spoil the celebrations of the flat racing premier meeting attended by the Queen and a crowd of race-goers wanting to show their status and themselves off to each other.
Two horses die at Royal Ascot after suffering serious injuries during races, The Daily Mail, 18th June 2014
Yes, the Royal Family including HM The Queen were in attendance. But don’t except her or any of her family to care one iota about these horses, or any other animal.
This is a family who kills animals for entertainment. Princess Anne regularly speaks out in support of horse slaughter. She thinks Britain needs more of it.
Insofar as the on camera media, they routinely ignore and even hide breakdowns and deaths at races. This is nothing new. But there were millions tuned in so they made an extra effort in trying to jolly everyone past it all.
According to available sources, a total of 76 racehorses have died so far this year in Britain.