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  • Fence 1&17 – 4ft 6in excessive, 2ft 9in vast
  • Fence 2&18 – 4ft 17in excessive, 3ft 6in vast
  • Fence 3&19 – Open ditch
  • Fence 4&20 – 5ft excessive, 10ft 6in vast (together with 7ft ditch on take-off facet)
  • Fence 5&21 – 5ft excessive, 3ft 6in vast
  • Fence 6&22Becher’s Brook – 4ft 10in excessive, 7ft 6in vast
  • Fence 7&23Foinavon – 4ft 6in excessive, 3ft vast
  • Fence 8&24Canal Turn – 5ft excessive, 7ft vast
  • Fence 9&25Valentine’s Brook – 5ft excessive, 7ft vast
  • Fence 10&26 – 5ft excessive, 3ft vast
  • Fence 11&27 – 4ft 10in excessive, 9ft vast (together with 6ft ditch on touchdown facet)
  • Fence 12&28 – 5ft excessive, 8ft 6in vast (together with 5ft 6in on touchdown facet)
  • Fence 13&29 – 4ft 7in excessive, 3ft vast
  • Fence 14&30 – 4ft 6in excessive, 3ft vast
  • Fence 15The Chair – 5ft 2in excessive, 9ft vast (together with 6ft ditch on take-off facet)
  • Fence 16Water Jump – 2ft 6in excessive

The Grand National’s most well-known fences

The Aintree fences should not as perilous as they as soon as had been. However, they’re nonetheless probably the most infamous obstacles within the enterprise.

The Chair (Fence 15): The Chair is the best fence on the course, now standing at 5 foot two inches.

Becher’s Brook (Fence 6&22): The sixth and twenty second fence within the race might not be the most important, however its issue comes from the actual fact the touchdown facet is 10 inches decrease than the take-off facet. Named after Captain Martin Becher, a jockey who fell at this stage within the first working of the race in 1839 and hid within the brook to keep away from harm.

Valentine’s Brook (Fence 9&25): Named after a horse that allegedly jumped it backwards in 1840. More doubtless, the horse spun round in mid-air to create the optical phantasm that its hind legs landed first.

Foinavon (Fence 7&23): One of the smaller fences is called after the 100/1 shot who averted a disastrous pile-up right here in 1967 and went on to win.

Canal Turn (Fence 8&24): As the title suggests, horses should take a pointy flip to the left after leaping this five-foot impediment. Another Aintree fable is that horses used who refused to show ended up within the Liverpool and Leeds canal.

Grand National prize cash

The complete prize fund for the Grand National is £1 million. In 2023, prize cash was awarded to the primary ten horses previous the publish, as follows.

  1. £516,000
  2. £211,100
  3. £105,500
  4. £52,700
  5. £26,500
  6. £13,200
  7. £6,800
  8. £3,600
  9. £2,000
  10. £1,000

How does the handicapping system work?

The thought of the handicapping course of is that less-fancied horses can compete with the very best chasers. To obtain this, the top-rated horses are requested to hold further weight. Exactly how a lot weight is decided by a handicapper, appointed by the British Horseracing Authority.

The least a horse is permitted to hold (together with the jockey) is 10st 2lb. The top-weighted horse within the race will carry 11st 12lb, with each different handicap weight labored out from that weight primarily based upon every horse’s ranking. Last 12 months’s winner, Corach Rambler, was carrying simply 10st 5lb.

In 2015 Many Clouds received carrying 11st 9oz, the heaviest weight carried by a winner in latest historical past. The final horse to win carrying the highest weight was Red Rum in 1973, when the highest handicap was set at 12st.

What are the adjustments to this 12 months’s Grand National?

Significant adjustments have been made to the Grand National for 2024. The alterations have been made after animal rights protesters ambushed the 2023 occasion, inflicting a delay of quarter-hour. However, the Jockey Club insists that the adjustments didn’t come as a direct response to these protests.

The most important adjustments are as follows:

  • The area has been diminished from 40 horses to a most of 34. Evidence reveals a correlation between the scale of a area and the danger of horses falling.
  • The first fence has been introduced ahead, in the direction of the beginning line, by 60 yards to be able to cut back the pace at which the horses attain it.
  • The begin will now be a standing begin on the tape, relatively than the standard rolling begin. This change can also be designed to cut back the pace that horses arrive on the first impediment.
  • Each horse should have an official ranking of not less than 130 (relatively than 125) and will probably be scrutinised for leaping errors earlier than being permitted to enter.
  • Fence 11 has been diminished in top by two inches and will probably be have the drop on the touchdown facet diminished.
  • Horses will not be led onto the course by a handler earlier than the race, as an alternative being launched to canter in entrance of the grandstands.
  • The begin time has been moved from 5.15pm to 4pm.

‘Colin’ eyes National glory after harm hell

Caoilin Quinn, the conditional jockey hooked up to Gary Moore’s yard, will get his first style of the Grand National on mud-loving Nassalam after recovering from breaking his collarbone six weeks in the past at Taunton.

The 22-year-old lastly will get again to race using after the autumn at Plumpton which prevented him from using Nassalam in his prep race for the Gold Cup.

Quinn, from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland and nicknamed ‘Colin’ by Jamie Moore, could also be one of many least skilled and profitable jockeys participating in Saturday’s race – certainly in a standard handicap he would nonetheless declare 3lbs – however three of his 63 winners have been in lengthy distance ‘Nationals’ – the Surrey, Sussex and Welsh. It was within the latter that he shone on Moore’s Nassalam when he got here dwelling nearly alone 34 lengths away from his nearest rival.

The jockey has different issues going for him other than his rapport with the horse after it rained closely once more in Liverpool on Monday, with the National course anticipated to be described as heavy; it can’t be too moist for Nassalam.

Northern Irish jockeys have an excellent document within the race with, from a comparatively small pool, Richard Dunwoody (twice), Tony Dobbin and AP McCoy all profitable lately.

The solely doable motive the horse shouldn’t be vying for favouritism given the bottom situations is his weight. He has been allotted 2lbs greater than final 12 months’s winner Corach Rambler which appears a little bit of a travesty.

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