Grand Nationals at Aintree

Grand Nationals at Aintree

Trevor Jones

Changes Planned for Grand National Course

Deaths of two horses in this year's race caused concern.

The British Grand National course at Aintree will be changed following the deaths of two horses during the 2011 race.

Aintree executives and the British Horseracing Authority responded to widespread criticism of this year's events by initiating a review.

The first and fourth fences and Becher's Brook were identified as the greatest contributors to all mishaps since 1990. Changes to the fences have been recommended.

Also under consideration is a new area where horses can be washed down and cool off. In addition, organizers are set to shorten or eliminate the post parade before the race if it's too hot.