RSPCA statement on death of seventh horse at Cheltenham Festival 2016

"The RSPCA is deeply concerned about the seven horse deaths that have taken place at the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

“The RSPCA will look in depth at how each equine death occurred, with the charity’s racing consultant David Muir providing a pragmatic review, in the hope of preventing further equine deaths.

"The RSPCA will be meeting with the BHA shortly to review the races; to discuss why these deaths occurred; and to explore welfare issues surrounding the event.

“The RSPCA works closely with the BHA, calling for improvements to hurdle design and placement, alongside other areas of progress."