They have come under serious scrutiny over the last couple of years and been the subject of much debate but it has now been decided the the 2013 Grand National Fences are to undergo some significant changes which, it is hoped, will lead to a much safer race for all involved.
The fences are to be constructed around birch and plastic cores rather than traditional wooden stakes and though outwardly they won't look any different, and will still be the same height etc…, they will now be constructed with an easy-fix plastic centre and two ditches with a core of birch under their familiar layers of green spruce.
This particular typ of fence was trialled on two fences, very successfully, at the Becher meeting in December and having considered feedback from the jockeys and trainers will now be rolled out around the course in time for this year’s race on April 6th 2013.
This is a big step forward for the safety of the race and not an alteration for the sake of being seen to be doing something which in essence should please those most concerned about the safety of the horses while still providing the same level of excitement for those who love their Grand National. Win-Win!