Southwell jumps racing, Nottinghamshire, England.

Jump racing suspended at British track after 8 deaths

SOUTHWELL, Notts., England (Sept. 3) — Jump racing was suspended at a British racecourse on Thursday following the death of eight horses at the venue since July 1.

The British Horseracing Authority already was working with the owners of Southwell racecourse to look into the circumstances behind six equine fatalities there from July 1 to Aug. 24.

The death of two more horses at the track in central England on Thursday led to racing being suspended at Southwell.

“This is to allow a comprehensive investigation to take place,” the BHA and Arena Racing Company said in a joint statement. “This involves the racecourse and the BHA’s veterinary team, racecourse department and course inspectors looking into the specific circumstances to understand if there are any common factors.”

In its own statement, the ARC (Arena Racing Company) said there would be a full review into all possible factors, “including (but not limited to) fence and hurdle design, track layout and configuration and going as well as GPS speed and timing data.”


None of the writers named the dead, but we can and will, thanks to Animal Aid and their Race Horse Death Watch.

Names of the Dead

Day of Roses (IRE)Sept 3Fell, Dead
Cillians Well (IRE)Sept 3Fell, Injured, Destroyed
Avarchie (FR)Aug 24Fell, Broke Near Foreleg, Destroyed
Swaurez (IRE)Aug 24Fell, Dead
Booyakasha (IRE)Aug 24Severed Tendon, Destroyed
Lost on YouAug 10Broke Hind Leg, Destroyed
Croco Bay (IRE)Aug 10Hit Fence, Broke Near Foreleg, Destroyed
Elysian PrinceJul 30Fell, Injured, Destroyed

Animal Aid’s Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to expose and record every on-course Thoroughbred fatality in Britain.

Article Source: ESPN via the Associated Press, 3 Sept 2020

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