Grand National schooling fences in place at four different venue across Britain & Ireland
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Special Grand National schooling fences are now available for use at four different venues across Britain and Ireland.
The fences are for any trainer to school horses entered in the three races run over the Grand National fences during the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree - the £1-million Randox Health Grand National (Grand National Day, Saturday, April 6), the £140,000 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Ladies Day, Friday, April 5) and the £45,000 Randox Health Foxhunters' Chase (Grand National Thursday, April 4).
The schooling fences have been prepared by Aintree's groundstaff and are situated at David Pipe's Pond House yard at Nicholashayne 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 a fortnight until the Randox Health Grand National Festival gets underway, we are pleased to once again offer Aintree-style schooling fences at four different venues across Britain and Ireland.
“The schooling fences have proved extremely useful to 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 Racecourse to continue to offer this very valuable facility.”
Oliver Sherwood, trainer of 2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds, leaning on one of the schooling fences in Lambourn
Jockey Club Estates Operations Manager, Will Riggall, by a schooling fence in Lambourn
David Pipe, trainer of 2008 Grand National winner Comply Or Die, alongside a Grand National schooling fence at his Pond House stables
The 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival takes place at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6.
About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club
Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year. The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.
More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Aintree is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare.
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For further information please contact:
Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 or email: Grant.Rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk
Jessica Dalgliesh, Senior Communications Executive, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07464 491507 or email: Jessica.Dalgliesh@thejockeyclub.co.uk