Speaking recently to the BBC, Champion jockey AP McCoy says he will never forget Synchronised, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who died in the 2012 Grand National.
McCoy told BBC Sport he was reluctant to speak about the Aintree contest. “It is one of those terrible things you wish would never happen. Certainly Synchronised is a horse I won’t ever forget,” he said.
Although Synchronised got loose after unshipping jockey McCoy at the start, leading to an eight-minute delay, he was passed fit to race by a vet who found his heart rate was “barely elevated” above a normal resting rate.
Synchronised fell at the sixth fence, Becher’s Brook, but continued riderless for another five fences before fracturing his leg.
Seventeen-time champion McCoy said: “It is a race that I have been trying to forget about rather than talking a lot about for the obvious reasons.
“Like any big sporting event, the start is very important and my position as a jockey has been to get a good start in the race.
“The Grand National being as high profile a race as it is will always create a little bit more publicity than some of the others. It is one of those things. Everyone is trying to do what’s best for horse racing so hopefully we will get it sorted out.”
The BHA said the start did not play a part in the horses suffering injuries which led to them being put down.
“It was apparent that factors one could neither have foreseen nor prevented were prevalent in the events that led to the horses sustaining their injuries,” said Jamie Stier, BHA director of raceday operations and regulation.
Since that fateful day, April 14th 2012, a British Horseracing Authority review concluded Synchronised was injured when riderless – five fences after falling and that According To Pete may have been injured when brought down by On His Own or when another horse, Weird Al, collided with him as he got up.