Cheltenham Festival horse Ginto dies from injuries after five-race career

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NBADon’t miss a thing! Sign up to the Daily Star’s newsletter Cheltenham Festival horse Ginto has died from an injury after a glittering five-race career.The six-year-old pulled up in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle on Friday (March 18) and was later put down. He had been heavily backed for victory, having won four of his previous five outings.That included first-place finishes in the G1 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle and the G2 Navan Novice Hurdle. The Gordon Elliott-trained horse is the fourth to have died at this year's Festival. Shallwehaveonemore was the first horse to be put down on Tuesday, before Mindsmadeup and Born Patriot took the tally to three on Thursday.It in an increase on the last two years, with one of 402 runners (0.25%) dying in 2021 and one of 462 runners (0.22%) dying in 2020. An injury can occur occasionally and can happen running around a paddock at home, training on gallops or at a racecourse.Over the last 20 years the number of horses sustaining fatal injuries on racecourses has decreased by a third. As such, 99.8% of racehorses compete without sustaining a serious injury, up from 99.7% in 2006.Independent research by the Centre for Equine Studies at Liverpool University found horses are nearly five times more likely to sustain serious injury when in a field at home than during ridden exercise.Cheltenham Racecourse have taken measures themselves to improve horse welfare. Features which have been installed include a horse weighing machine, and Equine Hospital on site, and a portable x-ray machine at every meeting.More than £20million has been invested by British Racing in veterinary activities, and figures show that in Britain, 14,000 horses enjoy a high level of care and a quality of life.CheltenhamHorse racingSource: Read Full Article