There are other just-as-likely disasters waiting to happen in this and other sports, with equally catastrophic consequences on the sport in question. A jockey could be killed or severely injured in the race or animal rights activists could run suicidally on to the course in front of the horses. No one wants disaster, but every disaster has its odds. The question is, what odds are acceptable? 1,000-1? 1,000,000-1? If so, we can ultimately say goodbye to motor racing, cricket, rugby and indeed any activity in life that carries any amount of risk.
Let the authorities strive to reduce obvious risks, but let's also be realistic. Risk and failure are some of the things that make sport interesting, and one thing is for sure - for me as Joe Public this was the most interesting Grand National since Red Rum overtook Crisp.
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