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Increased safety features should ensure enjoyable National

As the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National approaches, a number of increased safety features are hoped to lead to a fairer and safer event for both horses and jockeys.

One of the biggest changes in the history of the race sees the wooden posts in all fences replaced with a softer plastic material, which will make the fences more horse-friendly without compromising the challenging and entertaining nature of the event.

Other changes which have been made include the levelling of the surface in front of the most difficult fences, and the starting line being shifted further away from the spectators amid concerns of horses being unsettled by crowd noise.

Hotels near Liverpool are sure to see a boost in visitors as the world’s most famous and prestigious horseracing event comes to Aintree Racecourse this April. Last year’s meeting saw more than 153,000 people attend the course throughout the three-day event, with nearly half present for Grand National day itself.

The 40 runners are not formally announced until a few days before the event but Aintree officials have confirmed that 84 horses are currently in consideration. This has not stopped bookmakers getting ahead of the game, however, with On His Own and Prince De Beauchene currently favourites – both best priced at 10/1. Last year’s top four finishers Seabass and Sunnyhillboy are also widely fancied.

The Grand National is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, although Liverpool Day will kick things off two days earlier, with the traditional Ladies’ Day following on the Friday.

Posted by Deborah
March 1, 2013

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