How Many Horses’ Lives Will Royal Ascot Claim This Year?

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Horses have died during every Royal Ascot meet for the last four years. Elaborate hats and fancy dresses can’t distract from the massacre on the track.

Horse racingLiss Ralston

According to Race Horse Death Watch, Ascot is one of the deadliest tracks for horses racing on the flat.

What possesses anyone to watch horses smash face-first into the ground, fracture their bones or just collapse from exhaustion and die? The chance to make a few pounds or have a day out isn’t worth their suffering.

Young horses suffer terribly on the track. Stravagante (age 3), Case Statement (age 2) and Sabre Tiger (age 2) are just three of the young horses who have died at Ascot in the last few years and just three of the estimated 400 horses who die every year on British racecourses.

Even if they don’t succumb to fatal injuries on the track, only a lucky few ex-champions are rewarded with happy retirements to green pastures at the end of their racing days. The rest end up forgotten and neglected or are sent to the abattoir and killed for cheap meat.

How many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful annual demonstration of national senselessness?

Please help hasten the end of this exploitative industry by encouraging your friends and family not to watch horse racing or gamble on animals’ lives. And join the conversation by posting your reaction to this cruelty with the hashtag #YouBetTheyDie.

One of the Queen’s horses, Guy Fawkes, has been killed at this year’s Royal Ascot after suffering fatal injuries during a race. 


  • GJ commented on June 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm


    Quote from the BHA “However, we know that regardless of our belief that there are more than 3,000 equestrian-related accidents each year”

    Are you going to campaign to get horses off the road too? Surely they don’t belong there either!

    Race horses are some of the most well looked after animals in the world of sport, go and save some killer whales in a swimming pool, they need more help that race horses!

    • Gordon MacMillan commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Why don’t we force the gambling addicts to run round the course themselves until say 7 of the gamblers die from exhaustion – but they must be technically confirmed dead before the race is officially over – what a hoot that would be – well worth the entrance money

  • Elaine Kent commented on June 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    There’s no need for this, no denying

  • Erin Storey commented on June 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    It’s no better than greyhound racing. People just think it is because it’s made to look that way by the rich and the aristocracy. All horse racing should be banned as should dressage and show jumping.

  • Vera Nash commented on June 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This has got to stop!

  • Diana commented on June 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Humans should stop behaving like they own the Earth, and they know they don’t…and they still try…2016…it’s time to make them to respect all living creatures…..GRRRRRRR…

  • Charlotte Axelsson commented on June 15, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Disgusting! This is not sport, this is cruel torture were just money counts! Who gives a fuck about the innocent and defensless horses? Shame on people using horses there getting whipped and abused until they die often at very early age

  • Sarah commented on June 16, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Stop this now before more lives are lost

  • ROGER LEJEUNE commented on June 16, 2016 at 2:50 am


  • ROGER LEJEUNE commented on June 16, 2016 at 2:51 am

    stop this !!!

  • Sandra Perry commented on June 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    What gives us the right to ill treat any animal. Where is the RSPCA in all of this.???.

  • Valerie Kelly commented on June 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    How sad that these noble and beautiful creatures are treated so badly by their human owners. But then human beings aren’t very nice creatures are they? That’s why the world is in such an appalling state. I do believe however, that one day,not in my lifetime, horses and ALL animals will finally be given the love and respect from us that they deserve.

  • Jennifer Brandt commented on June 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Please stop this torture

  • Kristine Wilson commented on June 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    It isn’t boring – it is true. I would not want to stop racing but the BHA could do much to improve the safety of horses by limited field numbers, and cancelling when there are adverse ground conditions, no hopers should be made to pull up. I would not wish to see racing banned but there is a lot they could do to clean up their act. However, they seem to be controlled in the main by the greedy, ruthless bookmakers. There is always middle ground on these issues!

  • Gauri commented on June 17, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Take action against it.. It has to be stopped..

  • Wendy Clover commented on June 18, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I would very much like to know how many horses, hounds and even people die as a result of hunting.

  • Christina Brown commented on June 20, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    It’s time to stop this barbaric activity at the cost of horses pain, suffering, and death. Billions of horses are bred for sport in the world and only a fraction of them make it to the races or whatever the sport may be. There are not enough hobby farms for them all, so they are sent to the slaughterhouses as the kill buyers are there at the auctions ready to pick them up. Young healthy beautiful horses being inhumanely slaughtered all around the world…..very sick indeed…..just so some people can get their ‘rocks off’ by winning a prestigious race or by betting their money. And that includes you Queen Elizabeth of England….if you are going to breed all those horses….then you should keep them all in good homes and don’t race them in any dangerous sports. If you love your horses like you claim….then you wouldn’t do this to them!!! And that goes for all of you out there guilty of these dirty, dirty deeds! Time to get a heart and stop this stupidity!

  • Andrea scurlock commented on July 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Horse racing is cruel and just for financial gain,I abhor it!

  • DONNA N commented on July 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    please stop this madness! there is no need for it especially for financial gain!

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