Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Plan to End Farce of Grand National Start; Shambles: Starter Peter Haynes (Far Left) Looks Down at Yet Another Chaotic Beginning to Last Year's Grand National

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Plan to End Farce of Grand National Start; Shambles: Starter Peter Haynes (Far Left) Looks Down at Yet Another Chaotic Beginning to Last Year's Grand National

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Byline: WILL HAYLER

NEW starting procedures are to be implemented for this year's GrandNational in a bid to avoid the farcical scenes which saw last season's race gooff almost 10 minutes late and one runner left with no chance when stranded atthe start.

Following successful trials at meetings at Aintree and Cheltenham, marker polesand a marked line in the turf will now be used before this year's National todiscourage runners from charging the starting tape.

This follows recommendations from a working group set up by the BritishHorseracing Authority to examine the start of last year's race.

"There will be some amendments to the starting procedures this year," said BHAspokesman Paul Struthers.

But no decision has yet been taken as to whether senior starter Peter Hayneswill again take charge of the start.

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