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No blame for Grand National deaths

By Martin Kelly

The British Horseracing Authority's review of last month’s Grand National found the circumstances which led to the deaths of Synchronised and According To Pete could have been neither “foreseen nor prevented”.

The report confirmed that Synchronised, who unshipped Ulsterman AP McCoy on the way to the start, was given a full veterinary examination before he was allowed to line up, and had a heartbeat that registered “barely above a normal resting rate”.

But having fallen at Becher's Brook on the first circuit he ran riderless until falling again at the 11th fence, where he fractured his right-hind tibia and fibula.

According To Pete was brought down by a faller at Becher's on the second circuit but was jumped into by another horse as he got up.

BHA chief Jamie Stier said: “In the case of both Synchronised and According To Pete, it was apparent that factors one could neither have foreseen nor prevented were prevalent in the events that led to the two horses sustaining their injuries.”

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