TOO MANY horses are vulnerable to failure or thrown in at the deep end far too soon, according to prolific horse racing consultant, Dene Stansall. Either forgotten or pushed aside, Stansall claimed “Thoroughbreds aren’t given a chance with the way people in the industry test the horse straight away, and doesn’t give it much time to find its feet and a preferred race,” writes Gary Barnes.
In an industry that is worth £2.86 billion, and another £1billion to the nation’s bookmakers, Stansall, thinks horse racing is churning out far too much money and, rather like a lot of sports, the cash is not being divided equally to horses with lesser potential, but who are just as important.
“The winner of The Derby gets over £700,000, whereas other horses, who are never going to win a race let alone compete in a Group 1 race like that, do not even see a fraction of that money. Horse racing is getting far too corporate and something really needs to be done to stamp it out.”
Shocking statistics revealed by Dene, show how 1 in 35 racehorses that start the new season will die before the end of it. With around 1,400 race meetings a year averaging just over 26 races per day, there is little wonder that approximately 180 horses die each year.
Stansall added: “A lot of horses who are only supposed to be flat runners are constantly being made to jump over hurdles. On a lot of occasions this has led to being fatal with horses falling at the fence, being left with broken backs or shoulder blades, and then destroyed.”
Dene Stansall works for Animal Aid. Animal Aid publicise a horse, give them a name and number and then keep track of the horse once it has retired.