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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 March, 2004, 12:53 GMT
Richard Pitman's Aintree course guide
Opening Straight Becher's Brook Foinavon Canal Turn Valentine's Brook The Chair

E. VALENTINE'S BROOK

Valentine's Brook precedes one of two open-ditched fences and the Melling Road, but this is mainly a time for regrouping and taking stock of which rivals are intact.

The cinder-covered Melling Road can prompt some horses to momentarily check their headlong charge as the cinders get kicked up under their bellies and into their faces.

  • Richard Pitman is a BBC TV pundit and former top jockey.




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