Cheltenham’s Second last on the move

Cheltenham Saturday 13th November 2010. More problems at the recently-moved second last fence. I noticed John Francome was a little more guarded on his comments during his piece about the fence on Friday’s C4 racing. So what’s going on?

Stratford-on-Avon tried a similar layout a couple of seasons ago but soon discovered problems with a second-last fence coming soon after the final bend. Now I know Stratford is different to Cheltenham, but it seems to me that squeezing two fences into a relatively short straight is the common thread.

I wonder how long this ‘experiment’ will last?

If Cheltenham really wants to meddle with a layout, what about fitting another flight of hurdles in between the existing last two flights on the New Course. Now that would make sense.

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