World Horse Welfare welcomes Grand National changes

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The World Horse Welfare has given its support to the latest changes to the Grand National from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

It supports the responsible use of horses in sport and also advises British horse racing on welfare.

The BHA announced changes to the set up of the famous race, with the start line now beginning 90 yards further up the course, in a bid to prevent the horses building up too much speed on the first fence.

April's race was marred by the deaths of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised and According to Pete.

Chief executive of the World Horse Welfare Roly Owers said the charity was delighted with some of the changes made, but felt they perhaps didn't go far enough.

"However, we are disappointed that they have not proposed reducing the size of the field, although we note that they are keeping this under review," he continued.

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