Grand National fences ‘set for more changes’

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Aintree racecourse could soon be set to roll out newly designed Grand National fences in an attempt to improve safety at the iconic race.

Changes were almost certain following last year's race as there were two fatalities from falls including reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner Synchronised.

The race came under huge pressure from animal welfare groups that wanted big changes made to reduce any potential chance of injuries or deaths.

According to Horse and Hound the plan is in its infancy, but following on from a successful trial on Becher Chase day at the end of last year, the fences will be formed around birch and plastic cones.

This is rather than the more traditional wooden stakes in order to make the fences "kinder" to the horses.

The fences outwardly will remain the same will have now have a softer cored in order to be "more forgiving" for the competitors.

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