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Grand National Changes Raise Concerns about the Future of Horse Racing

, Grand National Changes Raise Concerns about the Future of Horse Racing

The recent changes to the Grand National show a worrying trend in the sport of horse racing. While it's true that horses have always died in the sport, those in charge seem to be caving in instead of standing up for the sport. This raises questions about the future of horse racing and whether there will come a time when there's nothing left to chip away from.

Pressure on the Sport of Horse Racing

Horse racing faces immense pressure in the modern era. With the ability for anyone to speak out publicly, even without understanding the sport, it's become easy to criticize and call for changes. However, it's important to remember that horses wouldn't exist in the first place if not for horse racing. Additionally, racehorses live fulfilling lives both during their careers and after retirement.

The Joy and Benefits of Horse Racing

Aside from the equine side of horse racing, the sport brings immense joy and enjoyment to millions of people. It also creates nearly 100,000 jobs and generates significant revenue for the government. These aspects should not be overlooked when considering the future of horse racing.

Disappointment with Grand National Changes

The recent changes to the Grand National have left many disappointed. While safety improvements are necessary, tinkering with the race has not proven effective in the past and is unlikely to succeed now. The trend of caving in instead of standing up for the sport is reminiscent of what happened with the whip rules.

The Future of Horse Racing

If the current trajectory continues, there may come a time when there's nowhere left for thoroughbreds to race. This would be a devastating blow to one of the most beautiful breeds in the world. While efforts to reduce fatalities in horse racing are important, it's crucial to recognize that they can never be completely eliminated.

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