04 March 2024

With the Grand National Festival fast approaching, the BHA has confirmed the medical declaration and pre-veterinary examination processes that will be in place this year, which are the responsibility of the trainer of each horse. Pre-race checks will apply to all runners in all races, building on changes introduced in recent years to help continually improve safety. The information that needs to be submitted and the respective deadlines will differ depending on the race in which a horse is entered, with different requirements for: The Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase; The Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase and the Topham Handicap Chase; and all other races run over the Hurdle or Mildmay Course.
If you would like to see the full details of the process, they are available here.
All runners in all races at the Aintree Grand National Festival will continue to receive a pre-race examination and trot-up at the racecourse on the morning of their race. This will be overseen by BHA Veterinary Officers.

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