The fences are available for any trainer to use for schooling horses who are possible runners in the three races at the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree that are run over the Grand National fences – the Randox Health Grand National (Saturday, April 8), the Randox Health Topham Chase (Friday, April 7) and the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (Thursday, April 6).
The schooling fences will be prepared by Aintree’s own groundstaff and are situated at David Pipe’s yard on the Devon/Somerset border, at The Jockey Club’s Lambourn Gallops, at the Malton Schooling Grounds and at the Curragh Training Grounds in Ireland.
The schooling fences at David Pipe’s yard, Lambourn and Malton will be up and running from Wednesday, March 15, with the facility at the Curragh available from Wednesday, March 22.
Aintree Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch commented: “With just under four weeks to go until the Randox Health Grand National Festival gets underway, we are delighted to once again offer Aintree-style schooling fences at four different venues across Britain and Ireland.
“The schooling fences should prove very useful for trainers preparing horses for any of the three races over the Grand National fences next month.
“I would like to thank everyone involved at the four venues for their help, which enables Aintree to offer this very valuable facility.”
The 2017 Randox Health Grand National Festival takes place at Aintree from Thursday, April 6 to Saturday, April 8.