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No blame for National deaths

THE British Horseracing Authority’s review of the 2012 Grand National found the circumstances which led |to the deaths of Synchronised and According To Pete could have been neither "foreseen nor prevented".

The report confirmed that Synchronised, who unshipped Tony McCoy on the way to the start, was given a full veterinary examination before he was allowed to line up, and had a heartbeat that registered “barely above a normal resting rate”.

But having fallen at Becher’s Brook on the first circuit he ran riderless until falling again at the 11th fence, where it appeared he fractured his right-hind tibia and fibula.

According To Pete was brought down by a faller at Becher’s on the second circuit but was jumped into by another horse as he got up. The BHA said it was unclear which incident led to the fracture of the horse’s left-fore humerus.

The BHA’s Jamie Stie said: |“The review was conducted using veterinary evidence together with detailed analysis of all available television footage.

“The findings include reference to Synchronised getting loose to establish beyond doubt that this episode played no part in his injury.

“In the case of both Synchronised and According To Pete, it was apparent that factors one could neither have foreseen nor prevented were prevalent in the events that led to the two horses sustaining their injuries.”