Two horses have died on 17 June on the opening day of the Royal Ascot.

Racehorse Case Statement fell on the second race of the day half way through the six-furlong Coventry Stakes. He was taken away and destroyed by vets in the racecourse stables, Animal Aid reported.

Later in the day, in the penultimate race, the Ascot Stakes, five-year-old Sir Graham Wade broke down injured on the course and was taken as well and destroyed.

“Both horses’ injuries received little mention during the Channel 4 TV coverage, which was characterised by a smiling, celebratory commentary team, whose back-patting of the winning connections overrode any sign of sympathy for the poor horses,” wrote Animal Aid on their website.

Shamefully, in the re-run of the Coventry Stakes, the race analysis commentary team never gave the young Case Statement a mention despite the obvious sight of an injured horse pulling up badly lame with a self-evident fatal injury.

It would appear that nothing was to be allowed to spoil the celebrations of the flat racing premier meeting attended by the Queen and a crowd of race-goers wanting to show their status and themselves off to each other.”

Channel 4 recorded an average audience figure of 594,000 for its Tuesday afternoon broadcast.

A total of 76 racehorses have died so far this year in Britain, rising the total number to 1124 since Animal Aid’s Race Horse Death Watch began in March 2007.

‘We have good reason to believe that the equine fatalities we are able to list on Death Watch, and which we have verified, fall some 30% short of the true total. Disgruntled industry insiders have, in the past, supplied us with documents to support that view,’ the website states.

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