Plain bad luck. That was the view of racing diehards when two horses perished in each of the two Grand Nationals preceding this year’s running. It happens, you know. It’s a high-risk sport in which horses occasionally die.
But the argument must also work in reverse. If you believed that, you must also believe this year’s glorious renewal owed everything to good fortune. No deaths, no obvious injuries, no distressing images. And all because Lady Luck happened to smile on Aintree.
Luck played its part, no doubt about that, but to trust entirely to it is to demean those whose foresight and knowledge have made the race a much safer institution without over-watering it.