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Cheltenham Old course adjusted again to reduce number of fallers

• Second-last fence on Old course moved for 2016-17 season
• Fourth-last on New course also moved

The second-last fence on the Old course at Cheltenham, which was moved into the home straight six years ago to reduce the number of fallers at the obstacle, has been moved again for the 2016-17 season, which opens at the course with a seven-race card on Friday. The position of the fourth-last on the New course, where Kauto Star suffered a slithering fall in the 2010 Gold Cup, has also been adjusted, following “a higher than normal faller count” at both obstacles last year.

Prior to its move from a position before the final turn, the second-last on the Old course was seen as the trickiest fence on the track, as tiring horses would meet it at speed after a downhill run. Granit Jack, the favourite for what was then the Paddy Power Gold Cup, was killed in a fall there in 2007, and even in its new position in the home straight it was the scene of six falls at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. The average number of fallers there at Festivals from 2007 to 2016 was 3.4.

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