Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Getting Ready for a Big Week

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Getting Ready for a Big Week

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PREPARATIONS for the John Smith's Grand National meeting at Aintree next week are in full swing.

Both the Mildmay and Grand National courses are being watered and every precaution is being taken to make the action as safe as possible for horse and rider.

''We've done a bit of watering. It's been raining today but we've not had a lot, probably about a millimetre and a bit,'' said clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch.

''After today it looks mainly dry with showers on Friday. We'll probably do more watering. Temperatures have cooled off quite a bit.

''There's some uncertainty as to what the weather is going to do next week. We'll just keep monitoring it.

''At the moment all courses are good, with good to soft places on the National course. If we can keep it round about that it would be great.

"If it eases a bit more I wouldn't be too worried.

''The dry weather we had perked things up a bit and we'll just keep an eye on things. …

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