All forty horses return home safely after Saturday’s big race at Aintree, with Saint Are having fallen at The Chair
There are always risks attached to running a horse in any steeplechase race, although the Grand National obstacles are a particularly stern challenge to the forty runners that line up on the start line.
From the off, the horses stampede towards the first fence and that claimed Perfect Candidate and Blaklion, while there were several other fallers including Saint Are which took a particularly jarring fall at The Chair.
The horses has now run in five Grand Nationals and it was treated by medical staff immediately after falling, although it has now been reported that Saint Are is in a good condition after being monitored closely.
“He had a good, comfortable night,” trainer Tom George said of Saint Are on Sunday morning. “They looked after him well at Aintree. His lad stayed up with him and the vets checked him every few hours.
“He’s eaten his breakfast and he’s ready to come home. He walked out brighter this morning, I just think he was a bit shaken [when brought down at The Chair]. He’s feeling good about it and we’re looking forward to getting him home.”
It has now been six years since Aintree changed their Grand National fences, replacing the old wooden cores with plastic alternatives and it has delivered positive results, with no fatalities in the big race in that time.
Indeed, the green screens that went up at Becher’s Brook were down to an injury incurred by jockey Charlie Deutsch, although the rider was well enough to walk into the medical room at the course a little while later.
The 2018 Grand National was won by Tiger Roll, a plucky horse who won the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month and ran a blinder to touch off Pleasant Company.