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No threat of disruption by animal rights protestors at Scottish Grand National
Chiefs at Ayr Racecourse are closely monitoring security in the lead-up to the 2023 Scottish Grand National this weekend following disruption caused by animal rights protestors at the Aintree showpiece on Saturday afternoon, however the threat of action is said to be remote.
Chiefs at Ayr Racecourse are continuing to closely monitor their security arrangements in the final days leading up to the 2023 Scottish Grand National on Saturday, 22nd April. The spotlight on heightened security comes on the back of the weekend events at Aintree, where the start of the Grand National was disrupted by animal rights protestors. These protestors are also being blamed for the death of Hill Sixteen at the first fence, the Sandy Thomson runner believed to have been affected by the lengthy delay and suffering a heart attack as a direct result.
TV footage clearly showed the protestors from ‘Animal Rising’ attempting to scale the fence, while others tried to glue themselves to fences and jumps. The actions of the protestors caused a delay of 15 minutes to the start of the race, the horses having already entered the parade ring at that point and forced to wait.
It is expected that there will be no similar protests at Ayr Racecourse this weekend with a 20,000 sell-out crowd set to descend upon the venue.
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