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Vandalism to Grand National course won’t affect race

Grand National racecourse Aintree was the victim of vandalism at the weekend although officials at the course have made it clear that the meeting will go ahead as scheduled between 4th and 6th April. It is understood that a vehicle broke through a security gate sometime on Saturday prior to being driven on the track just beyond the 12th fence.

Clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch believes that it could have been a 4×4 vehicle and this will be confirmed once the CCTV footage has been examined. The indications are that any damage has been superficial and is limited to a few grass marks and other minor issues.

Tulloch said:

“It is superficial damage but disappointing for everyone. It’s a shame but the show goes on.

“They’ve put all this work in building up to the highlight of the year and we want it in the best possible condition. It’s grass marks basically.”

The area concerned is near Melling Road where the Grand National course meets up with the Mildmay track. Merseyside Police have been appealing for information regarding the incident and the Aintree course are working closely with the authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice and that no further intrusions occur.