Two horses die at Royal Ascot; ignored by on camera media

Horse and jockey close up Royal Ascot.
Horse and jockey close up Royal Ascot.


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.

The Queen awards retiring police horse Clyde at Royal Ascot

Clyde, Thames Valley Police Horse
Clyde, Thames Valley Police Horse, gets his commendation from HM The Queen at his last Royal Ascot. Clyde is set to retire in a few weeks' time.

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As reported by THE BBC:

The Queen has awarded a 21-year-old Thames Valley Police horse with a Chief Constable’s commendation at Royal Ascot.

Clyde, a thoroughbred Clydesdale cross dark bay gelding, is the longest-serving operational police horse in England and Wales.

The horse has worked at Royal Ascot for the past 18 years.

Saturday, the final day of Royal Ascot 2011, saw Clyde’s last event before he is retired in the next few weeks.

Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police Sara Thornton was also present at the ceremony.

As well as protecting the royal carriage procession at Royal Ascot, Clyde was a lead horse for numerous state visits at Windsor, led the royal procession at Windsor for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, as well as policing football matches and environmental protests.


Clyde was bought by Thames Valley Police in January 1994 from Broadstone Stud in north Oxfordshire.

Sgt John Thurston, of the Thames Valley Police Mounted Section, said: “As this will be his final tour of duty, we felt it was an appropriate occasion to present him with a commendation.

“Despite having reached the age of 21, Clyde still believes he is four years old.

“This was proved in 2009 when the clerk to the course at Ascot gave permission for the police horses to canter up the course to the four-furlong mark after the final race on the last day of Royal Ascot.

“He managed to beat far younger horses and came a commendable third.

Mr Thurston said although Clyde was “still an excellent police horse, we owe it to Clyde to give him a well deserved retirement”.

He added: “This will be his last Ascot, with a view to retiring him to The Horse Trust in Speen, Buckinghamshire, in the next few weeks.”

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Ascot acts to prevent ‘meat’ trade at sales (UK)

Now look. Those nice English racing type people are worried about horses who have raced and cannot run very fast after all where the Queen has put her Royal foot may be bought for little or nothing and eaten up by those nasty neighbors across the ditch they pretend to like all the time. Wretch. How disgusting. It cannot be allowed. So someone tell those nice chaps at Brightwells that it’s just not on, stop it right now, and here are a few tips on how you might, ahem, thank you very much.

Cross-posted from The Guardian Online


Ascot officials have acted to prevent the Royal racecourse being associated with the sale of ex-racehorses for meat for human consumption. Their contracted auctioneers, Brightwells, have been told to tighten their sales conditions to prevent any such trade taking place.

Horses can fetch up to £650 when slaughtered for meat to be sold on the continent but the minimum sale price at Brightwells is as low as £300, raising fears that “meat men” might be attracted to the Ascot Sales. The minimum sales price at Doncaster and Newmarket is much higher at £500.

But buyers of horses priced between £300 and £800 will now face a life ban from Brightwells if unable to provide evidence of what a horse is doing, or where it is living, six months after it was purchased.

Ascot media executive Nick Smith said: “We’ve told Brightwells we are genuinely concerned about any horse bought at Ascot Sales going for slaughter for meat for human consumption.

“Brightwells have agreed that their conditions of sale will state that anyone who buys a horse for £300 to £800 will have to provide evidence of what that horse is doing, and where it is living, six months after purchase. Failure to do so will mean an automatic ban from Ascot Sales.

“We will also make sure that Brightwells carry out their monitoring, which would, in effect, become part of their contract with us – which we have every confidence they will do, as they share our concern.

“Should Brightwells fail in their duty, we would take a dim view of it, and we would investigate. Their review of their customers will be mirrored by our review of their process. We are determined to protect our Sales and our integrity.”

Terry Court, joint managing director of Brightwells, said: “Ascot Authority and ourselves have had long and serious discussions to make sure horses sold at Ascot Sales are protected further than they already are from being sold for meat.”

But the new measures do not go far enough to satisfy the animal-rights group Animal Aid, whose equine consultant, Dene Stensall, said: “The only way to eliminate the ‘meat man’ is for Brightwells to cease selling horses for a paltry £300.”

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