Unfortunately, Frost was not the only one to suffer injuries during this year’s National.
The Long Mile was sadly put down after pulling up during the race.
Meanwhile, Rachael Blackmore created history by becoming the first woman to win the Grand National while riding Minella Times.
The 31-year-old shot to stardom during her very successful Cheltenham Festival outing last month.
“I just cannot believe it He was an absolutely sensational,” Blackmore said.
“By god, what Henry de Bromhead does with these horses. I just can’t believe it.
“This is unbelievable. He was just incredible. I was trying to wait as long as I could. When we jumped the last and I asked for a bit, he was there.
“I don’t feel male or female right now. I don’t even feel human.”
Races on the Grand National Course (three across the three-day Randox Grand National Festival) remain unique but fair challenges for horse and rider, but the evidence suggests, increasingly safer ones. Since 2012 there have only been two equine fatalities in the Randox Grand National from 318 runners.
We require horses and jockeys to meet stringent standards of fitness, capability and experience. Every horse in every race and the Randox Grand National Festival will have pre-race checks from a veterinarian on limbs and joints and heart rate, plus a trot up to ensure they are fit and healthy.
Each jockey is required to be passed fit and have ridden 15 winners, 10 in steeplechases, and there are mandatory jockey course walks with an experienced professional coach for those who have had two or less rides in Grand National races.
Safety and welfare measures are kept under constant review. Every aspect is continually assessed and improvements are made based on evidence and in conjunction with our regulator, the British Horseracing Authority.
In the last decade we have spent more than £2 million on horse welfare measures.
- Fences: every fence on the Grand National Course was modified after the 2012 race – the inner frames have been changed from timber frames to more forgiving flexible plastic (all standard fences) or natural birch (open ditches).
- Run-offs: Each fence has a run-off area for safety.
- Landing areas: Levelling work has been conducted, where necessary, to provide a more level landing, including at Becher’s Brook.
- Ground: Investment in the racing surface with £400,000 spent on enhancing the watering system to ensure the safest possible racing ground.
- Start: The start moved 90 yards forward to create a calmer and more controlled environment (when spectators would normally attend) from 2013 onwards.
- Post-race: A state of the art, fully equipped cooling and washdown area is provided for the horses post-race.
- NB it should be noted that fence heights remain the same in the modern era so as not to encourage a faster race which can increase risk and the course is more than wide enough for a safety factor of 40 horses, however this maximum has been retained.