New fences have been trialled at Aintree

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Changes to Grand National fences were trialled at Aintree on Saturday (December 8th) as the organisers of the course attempted to make them safer.

A total of ten horses have died in the big race over the last 12 years and animal welfare centres have called for sweeping changes in a bid to stop the needless suffering of equines.

Four of the fences have been rebuilt using softer cores instead of the very rigid former timber frames.

Two outriders were on duty Saturday in order to help loose horses during the two races over the National fences.

Both races passed without major incidents as while there were falls in each, there were no injuries to either horses or jockeys reported.

Regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses responsible for the course John Baker commented: "We were delighted with how the Grand National fences jumped today, including the trial fences, and we had some fantastic feedback from the professionals."

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