Thursday 19 April 2018

Cheltenham Abandoned

From heavy ground for the Grand National to high temperatures at Cheltenham, we Brits love to talk about the weather. 

To be fair for very good reason. However, the fact that a hot day in the sun is enough to abandon the mares' race at Cheltenham may be a sign of things to come. The welfare of horses is of utmost importance and when the temperatures when up to 25 degrees them track vets were asked to make a decision for the sapping 3m 2f chase. 

On the same card, three horses - running over less distances - had suffered heat stress and vets were concerned runners may well be affected. 

After the ending race, Dame Rose collapsed and died, although connections will need a post-mortem   to establish the facts. 

Trainers had mixed viewed about the abandonment of the race. Donald McCain, Charlie Man & Fergal O'Brien were critical. 

Richard Johnston and Dan Skelton suggests it was the quick change in weather which meant horses were not acclimatized.