Grand National course

THE CHAIR KEY
Along with The Water, one of only two fences to be jumped once. The tallest and deepest fence on the course at 5ft 2in and 3ft wide.

VALENTINE’S
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After Canal Turn, riders must regain their bearings quickly to navigate this hefty brook fence. It was reputed that in 1840, Valentine jumped the fence hind legs rst after trying to pull up, and eventually nished third.

CANAL TURN

Located on the corner where the course meets the Leeds-Liverpool canal, its sharp turn can make or break riders, tempting the more courageous to jump on the inside to improve their position.

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FOINAVON

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FIRST FENCE

The height remains 4ft 6in, but the landing has been levelled out after riders reported hollows forming in the turf.

Reduced in height by two inches for 2012 – it now stands at 4ft 10in.

BECHER’S BROOK

Although still the most feared fence on the course, the drop has been reduced again for this year’s race. In 2011, the drop from the top of the fence was 5ft 9in, it is now 5ft 8in on the inner rail but 5ft 4in on the outside. Becher’s has been drastically changed over the years, as the drop stood at an astonishing 6ft 9in in 1989.

The fence after Becher’s catches riders out year upon year despite being one of the course’s smaller obstacles. Foinavon was named after the 100-1 winner, who sneaked past a pile-up here in 1967.

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