Despite changes made to this year's edition of the famous Grand National steeplechase at Aintree, officials at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals still contend that the well-known Becher's Brook jump should be removed for the safety of contestants.
The jump, which is 4 feet 10 inches and features a 5-foot 6-inch drop on the landing side, was the site of three falls last year even after officials reduced the height of the drop.
Although RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said that Aintree and the British Horse Racing Authority responded to the majority of his concerns following last year's race, but he still worries about Becher's, as well as the 40-horse field in the race.
“We will be there in force, to watch out for what's happening and to assist in any way we can, for example with catching the loose horses. We're all hoping for an injury-free event, with the focus on the athleticism of the horses and the skills of the jockeys,” said Grant.
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