Will changes to the course make Aintree Grand National safer?

1878 Grand national
The Grand National has historically been a roller derby as evidenced by this print depicting the 1878 race.

The Ainsley Grand National is renowned for the number of horses that don’t finish every year. In 2011 only 19 of the 40 horse field crossed the finish line (with a jockey) and two horses died.

This week, the Grand National Review Group (with input from the Aintree Racecourse, the British Horseracing Authority, The British RSPCA World Horse Welfare, jockeys and trainers) announced a series of changes based on analysis of all the races run on the Grand National course since 1990 — the last time the course was significantly changed.

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