WE racing people are crestfallen and heartbroken at the accidental death of two of our dear racehorse friends, Synchronised and According To Pete, in the recent Grand National.

Stable lads and lasses, owners, trainers and jockeys plus racecourse managers and their hard-working staff are all most passionate about the safety and welfare of racehorses.

The British Horseracing Authority, whose members are vastly experienced, is doing its level-best to ensure that accidents, which happen in all walks of life, are kept to an absolute minimum.

In my humble opinion, the sooner that busybodies such as Animal Aid, Horse World Welfare and the RSPCA get out of their hair and are sent packing, the better for all concerned, including our beloved racehorses.

Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby.