Grand National Fences
The course for the Grand National is just as famous as the race itself with some of the fences traditions in their own right, the horses take in 32 fences over two circuits with14 of the fences jumped twice. The Aintree Fences are renowned for their size with the smallest of them still 4ft 6in tall, that one is named the Foinavon Fence after the famous winner of the race in 1967 at odds of 100/1.
The Canal Turn is one of the most famous of the fences, it is often a place where a number of horses come down with its sharp 90 degree turn making it a fantastic spectacle. On the second circuit it can often be the fence where the race is decided with no one sure of success until they have successfully cleared the imposing Canal Turn fence.
The same can be said of Becher's Brook which is another fence on the Grand National course steeped in history, it is jumped twice by the runners with it being the 22nd fence on the second circuit. It is a severe fence with a drop of 6ft 9in awaiting the horses as they take the jump, the problems can often lie in the surprising drop rather than the initial jump. Perhaps the other big fence on the Grand National course is The Chair with a 6ft ditch in front of a 5ft 3in jump, it is a real test for any of the runners and will be the 25th fence for the horses.
Famous Grand National Fences
- Becher's Brook
- The Chair
- Canal Turn