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FAMOUS FENCES

Fences 6 & 22Becher's Brook Fences 7 & 23Foinavon Fence 15The Chair
Fences 9 & 25Valentine's Brook Fences 8 & 24Canal Turn Fence 16Water Jump
The National Course
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Valentine's Brook
Similar to Becher's but less severe - a 5ft obstacle with a brook and a drop on the landing side. The fence got its name from one of the more bizarre events in Grand National history. In 1840, the Irish amateur jockey Alan Power laid a wager that he would be leading at the halfway mark on his mount Valentine. Determined to win the bet, Power was a furlong clear of the field at the Canal Turn but as he approached the next fence the horse slowed almost to a walk as if to pull up. At the last moment the horse changed his mind producing a spectacular corkscrew-type leap clearing both the fence and brook - which from then on became known as Valentine's Brook.
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