No horses die at Grand National as all 40 runners return safe after the race

Sean Gibson

Positive news followed hot on the heels of the 2017 Grand National that all horses had returned safely to the stables after the race, with no fatalities.

There were only three fallers in the race – Vicente, Cocktails At Dawn, and The Young Master – though several more unseated their riders, and there was no injury trouble reported among the jockeys either.

There were concerns beforehand for Lord Windermere, winner of the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup, who was very slow to leave the parade ring.

Horses negotiate the Canal Turn at Aintree in the 2017 Grand National Credit: Jason Cairnduff/REUTERS

ITV pundit Sir AP McCoy said: "That's not a good sign. If he does not want to start he will not want to finish." But happily Lord Windermere was able to take the start and finished in seventh.

After two false starts, all the horses got away at the third time of asking and the disruption didn't appear to carry into the race itself.

Becher's Brook was the scene of one of the last horse fatalities - According To Pete (not pictured) in 2012 Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty 
The Canal Turn has brought down several horses throughout the history of the National Credit: David Davies/PA

Winning jockey, Derek Fox, riding One For Arthur, broke his wrist and his collarbone only weeks before the Grand National, but came round in one piece to bring home only the race's second-ever Scottish winner.

The future of the Grand National was put in jeopardy as recently as 2012 by a spate of horse deaths despite numerous alterations made to the course, in an attempt to make Aintree's marathon steeplechase safer.

No horse have died in the five years since the 2012 edition of the National when According To Pete had to be euthanised after falling at Becher's Brook, while Synchronised similarly had to be put down after unseating its rider and going on to fall at the 11th fence.

Synchronised, the favourite for the 2012 race, seen here unseating jockey Sir AP McCoy before continuing and falling Credit: David Davies/PA

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