by Emily Fletcher
TW: DISCUSSION OF ANIMAL ABUSE
No matter what the results of horse racing season, there's one thing you can count on - horses will suffer.
The reality of horse racing is often overlooked by the public, it’s not all posh hats and champagne flutes.
The thrill of watching and gambling on it also encourages society to turn their attention away from it. Gambling on horses has been around in the U.K since the 1600s, during the reign of King James I. People have gambled and enjoyed the sport for centuries, so it's no surprise they turn a blind eye to it – it’s seen as very normal.