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Equine fitness trackers could save lives of racehorses

Pre-race examinations ordered at Grand National as new monitoring device promises to enhance horses’ wellbeing

Racehorses are to be fitted with high-tech devices, similar to the fitness and activity trackers sported by humans, as part of a groundbreaking attempt by scientists to improve horse welfare.

The issue has become urgent following the deaths of seven horses at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Ahead of the Grand National meeting at Aintree this week, with the big race on Saturday, the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has announced that all runners will undergo pre-race examinations.

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