I'm not sure how I feel about the race. I've never been to a horse race meeting, I don't watch it on TV and the last bet I had was 2 shillings to win on Team Spirit in 1964.
Jump racing is intrinsically dangerous, and it's not only in the national that horses and jockeys are injured or killed.
One way to look at it is the horses would not be alive if it were not for racing.
I do think some of the fences are deliberately made extra hard for the national for the explicit purpose of getting horses to fall. It's what people want to see, so give 'em what they want.
I don't think banning the race is the answer, but I'm not sure what the answer is. Maybe they should just reduce the higher fences in height and turn it into an ordinary jump race.