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Survey of 7,000 racehorse owners puts Haydock top

Haydock Racecourse
Haydock Racecourse Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Betfair Chase Festival
Betfair Chase Festival at Haydock Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cue Card and Joe Tizzard on their way to victory in the Betfair Chase during the Betfair Chase Festival at Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows.

Betfair Chase, Haydock
Bobs Worth and Barry Geraghty Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bobs Worth and Barry Geraghty, the Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, in the Betfair Chase during the Betfair Chase Festival at Haydock Park Racecourse in November 2013.

Racehorse Owners Association vote Haydock top

“We are delighted that jumps racehorse owners rate our racecourse so highly. The whole team goes out of its way to welcome owners to Haydock Park. Without racehorse owners, there would be no horse racing industry and we warmly welcome them as customers.

“If owners wish to run their horses at Haydock Park, then that’s great news for everyone, especially our spectators, because we want to put on the best sport that we possibly can. If owners enjoy themselves, then they and their horses will return again and again.”

– Garry Fortune, General Manager, Haydock Racecourse

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Concern over Aintree safety

Campaigners say they're still concerned over safety following the deaths of two horses at Aintree.

The League Against Cruel Sports is calling for organisers to bring the Grand National meeting to a halt.

A fence on the steeplechase course.
Aintree in Liverpool - home of the Grand National. Credit: PA Images.

None of the 40 horses involved in this year's steeplechase died or wee seriously injured but Battlefront and Little Josh died in other races.

The animal welfare charity claims the total number of deaths during the three-day Aintree meeting is 40 since 2000.

24 horses have died on the Grand National course itself.

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