The leading international horse charity and welfare advisor to the British Horse Racing and Aintree made their statement about the annual race.

World Horse Welfare’s Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said:
 
“This year’s Grand National was another exciting spectacle. We are pleased that for the second year running all horses and riders have returned safely. 
 
“Today’s race is yet more evidence that responsible riding from most jockeys and the new, soft core fences are improving safety.  Aintree can take great credit for demonstrating that considered safety improvements need not detract from the thrill and drama of the world’s most famous horse race.
 
“While we will be reviewing the race more closely in the coming days, we are concerned at the relatively high number of fallers (8) and unseated riders (6) which pose safety risks to horses and their jockeys.  World Horse Welfare would still like to see a trial reduction in the maximum field size.
 
“We look forward to discussing this with Aintree as we congratulate them on another successful race and encourage continued vigilance.”