Minimum age and experience requirements adjusted for National

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Equine insurance customers may welcome the news that the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has adjusted the minimum age and experience requirements for both horses and jockeys to be able to compete in next year's Grand National.

Changes were announced earlier this morning (November 2nd) by the BHA, which supplement modifications to the fences that were announced in August.

New criteria shows that jockeys must now have won at least 15 races over obstacles, with ten of them coming from steeplechase events.

BHA's director of equine science and welfare Tim Morris said the organisation has learned valuable lessons from the 2011 race and it will continue to be more proactive in its welfare work.

Chairman of the BHA Paul Roy added: "The recommendations will enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses participating in the race, whilst removing none of the magic that makes the Grand National the most exciting event in the world."

The review was prompted after two horses died in the opening stages of this year's race and winning jockey Jason Maguire was given a ban for the excessive use of his whip on the run-in.

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