The Telegraph also took this line:
The basis of the stories seems to be remarks left on the BBC's messageboards and comments on Twitter. But did the BBC really 'cover-up' the fatalities?
At 4.53pm, BBC presenter Clare Balding tweeted to her 60,000+ followers on Twitter:
The BBC's Cornelius Lysaght also mentioned the deaths on Twitter.
But this information wasn't just shared online. At just before 5pm, Balding told viewers on BBC1:
I'm very sorry to report there were two equine fatalities in this year's Grand National - Ornias and Donney's Gate. And our thoughts are very much with the Mullins family who ownned, trained and rode Dooney's Gate; the Stewart family who owned Ornais; and the stable staff who look after them. It is the worst thing that can happen for all of them.
A few minutes later she added:
You will have gathered as I mentioned earlier the equine fatalities, it was because of those horses on the landing side that two fences were missed on the second circuit. And it does, I'm afraid, put a real dampner on the day. And I'd love to be here jubilant and all excited but it's very hard.
Richard Dunwoody replied:
It's the stable staff you have to feel sorry for - when they're handed the bridle, it's terrible.
The Telegraph also adds a comment from the BBC website's live blog:
the online commentator, Oliver Brett, wrote: “In answer to various requests, we are attempting to find out what happened to the two most serious fallers and their jockeys. We are not ignoring the issue, but don’t want to assume anything until fully aware of the facts.”
Ten minutes later, 45 minutes after the start of the race, the blog did announce the deaths.
While the Mail acknowledges Balding's tweet, it does not report her on-air remarks, or those from the blog.