The fences are for any trainer to school horses entered in the three races run over the Grand National fences at the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree – the £1-million Randox Health Grand National (Saturday, April 14), the £140,000 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Friday, April 13) and the £45,000 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (Thursday, April 12).
The schooling fences have been prepared by Aintree’s 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.
Aintree Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch commented today: “With under two weeks to go until the Randox Health Grand National Festival, we are pleased to once again offer Aintree-style schooling fences at four different venues across Britain and Ireland.
“The schooling fences have proved useful for trainers preparing horses for any of the three races over the Grand National fences at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.
“I would like to thank everyone involved at the four venues for their help, which enables Aintree to offer this very valuable facility.”
The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival takes place at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14.