Start of the 2012 John Smith's Grand National - Aintree

BHA said Aintree fatalities were unforeseeable in this year's race

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Aintree deaths could not be prevented says BHA

INJURIES to According To Pete and Synchronised in the John Smith's Grand National last month that led to them being put down were caused by factors that were neither foreseeable nor preventable, according to a review by the BHA.

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised parted company with Tony McCoy at Becher's Brook but continued riderless for five fences before fracturing a leg at the 11th, while According To Pete was brought down at Becher's on the second circuit and also had to be put down.

The review was conducted using veterinary evidence and detailed analysis of all available television footage.

BHA director of raceday operations and regulations, Jamie Stier, said: "In the case of both Synchronised and According To Pete, it was apparent that factors one could neither have foreseen nor prevented were prevalent in the events that led to the two horses sustaining their injuries."

The BHA review also concluded that although all 40 jockeys had breached the rules during the three occasions they lined up before the race eventually started, no disciplinary action will be taken against them.

Instead, all the riders will receive letters in which the BHA and Aintree express disappointment over their conduct at the start.

As sporting sights go, few match the sheer excitement of 40 horses thundering towards the first fence at Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National.

A race steeped in history that always provides a story, the Grand National is the ultimate test of endurance and skill for both horse and jockey, as the pairing must navigate 30 treacherous fences, and then still have enough stamina to make a challenge on the run-in.

To manage a clear round in the 4m4f epic is no mean achievement, with the fences notoriously difficult and offering unique challenges.

Over the years, there have been countless memorable moments, Devon Loch's phantom leap in the 1956 contest, Foinavon's shock 100-1 win in 1967 and the brilliance of Red Rum, who took the chase on three occasions in 1973, 74 and 77.

In 1981 Aldaniti and Bob Champion completed a heartwarming tale when winning the race, as Aldaniti had recovered from a career-threatening injury while jockey Champion had battled back from cancer.

In 2011 the race provided another fairytale story as Donald McCain emulated his father and Aintree legend Ginger when winning with Ballabriggs - and that came just a year after champion jockey Tony McCoy finally gained victory in the race at the 15th time of asking.