Cheltenham clerk Claisse happy with resited fence

Simon Claisse has not had any negative feedback over resited fence

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By Lewis Porteous 10:15AM 16 NOV 2016

CHELTENHAM clerk of the course Simon Claisse declared the newly resited second-last fence on the Old course a success over the three-day Open meeting, despite a dramatic incident in the staying handicap chase on Saturday.

Despite four fallers at the obstacle during the Showcase meeting in October, there was no negative feedback from riders and there were fewer fallers at the same fence during the Open.

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Claisse said: "If you put aside the incident from Saturday we only had two fallers there over the three days and I'm not getting any feedback that moving it back from the bend is not an improvement."

The incident Claisse referred to was the one in which riderless Le Reve ran down the fence, taking out three rivals and their riders in the process.

"That could happen anywhere," said Claisse. "One is powerless to do anything about it in those circumstances. It was just an enormous relief to all of us that everyone and all the horses were okay."

Less of a success was the slightly different start position used for the 2m5f novice hurdle on Friday, which was canned for the following two days and beyond.

Claisse said: "Instead of bringing the jockeys into the start from the infield which we've always done, we took them out on to the track, brought them through where the tape was going to be brought across and to the back of the chute for them to turn and come back at the tape but the riders felt there wasn't enough room."

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