Cheltenham boosted by RSPCA’s Muir as review into horse fatalities begins

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first_imgHorse racing tips Cheltenham Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Show Cheltenham racecourse has received an early boost from the RSPCA as work begins on a review into the six equine fatalities that occurred during the Festival last week. David Muir, who has long served as racing consultant to the animal welfare organisation, praised the way the track was prepared and presented and said he was not seeking to apportion blame for the deaths of racehorses.“I don’t think we should be blaming Cheltenham racecourse itself because I think Simon Claisse [its clerk of the course] puts everything he knows into getting that course right for the horses,” Muir said. “In the past, everybody seems to be looking for blame. I don’t think that’s what it’s about. That’s not my game in any way. Nobody there wants to see horses die.” Support The Guardian Hide Read more Newcastle 5.35 Dubawi Fifty 6.05 Bobby K 6.40 VJ Day 7.15 Mujassam 7.45 Taifbalady (nb) 8.15 Musbaq 8.45 Zebulon (nap)Wetherby 2.00 Saucysioux 2.30 Progress Drive 3.05 Quest For Life 3.40 Dedigout 4.10 Doctor Glaz 4.45 Wig Wam Wiggle 5.15 Good Boy Bobby Tips by Chris Cook. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 20 March center_img Reuse this content Horse racing Cheltenham Festival 2018 Share on Messenger Muir witnessed three of the fatalities, when Mossback and Report To Base fell and when one of Sandsend’s legs shattered while he was running between hurdles. “There was nothing we could have done about those three,” he said.“They were simply horses getting it wrong or horses with a possible pre‑existing problem, landing on a leg that fractured. Sometimes you can have a hairline that nobody knows about and then it manifests itself on the course. Even the horse might not particularly feel it but when it comes under pressure, then it goes.”Muir had left the course before the Festival’s final race, the Grand Annual on Friday, in which three horses died. He has watched footage of that and other races, compiling notes about areas of concern and possible investigation. “I’m looking at various issues I’ve seen and identified and I’ll put them to the review,” he said.These include the design of fences and hurdles, while Muir was interested to hear that Henrietta Knight, who trained Best Mate to win three Gold Cups, has already suggested a smaller field for the Grand Annual.Knight added the Grand Annual should not be the final race of the Festival, when jockeys might be particularly keen to grab their last chance of a winner. Knight would favour ending the Festival with a hurdle race, while Muir’s preference is for a ‘bumper’, a race on the flat for horses who will be jumpers in time.Muir’s overriding message was that racing insiders should bring open minds to the review, being organised by the British Horseracing Authority, and he pointed to the 2011 review of the Grand National, which resulted in significant changes. “I think there’s a lot to look at and I don’t think you’ll spoil it. People said the Grand National would be spoiled, it’s not. It’s a bloody sellout.” news Share via Email Cheltenham Festival Talking Horses: the campaign to cut FOBT stakes to £2 is far from lost Share on Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. Topics Share on Facebooklast_img

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