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    carvillshill
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    This is something I should know and may have forgotten. I know I’ll get a quick answer from the brains trust here, it’s been bugging me for the last few days…..

    What exactly do they mean by the cross fence or hurdle? If the chase course runs outside the hurdles course why do they need to cross?

    #144294
    Cav
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    Is it the fence / hurdle that they jump as they cross from the back straight into the home straight?

    #144301
    Fist of Fury 2k8
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    Well according to ebay…. The cross fence is in an expanding fence available in two diffrent heights. Gates are also available to match.
    They will email you with cost of delivery dependant on quantity of order, :lol:

    Think your right mate :wink:

    EDIT: I just looked up Newbury The cross fence stands alone on the side of the track just before the turn into the home straight.

    #144311
    PAULCS
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    This is something you normally only hear about in Ireland but what is a regulation fence?

    #144312
    Cav
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    A ditch

    #144333
    Ugly Mare
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    Newbury not been the same since it’s cross hurdle was moved. :(

    Bring it back!!! :D

    #144533
    Neil Watson
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    Cross fences for me are at Aintree on the Mildmay course,Newbury on the run from the back to the home straight,Wincanton for the same reason also Sedgefield has one.

    #144537
    Ten Plus
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    The open ditch is called the "regulation" because in the regulations/rules there has to be an open ditch – why don’t we use the term in UK??

    #144635
    clivex
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    Funnily enough Carvills (and perhaps sadly), I was wondering the same myself on Saturday

    Anyone got the answer?

    #144638
    Anonymous
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    I’ve always assumed it to be any fence where they pass from one straight to the other, putting the fence at a right angle (or cross) to all the others – on a conventionally shaped course that is?

    #144642
    clivex
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    Thats what I had thought.

    #144643
    MCFC Stan
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    As has been said, a cross fence or hurdle is the one on an oval course that is on the section between the straights like they have at Aintree and Newbury. A regulation fence is the Irish term for an open ditch because steeplechasing regulations say there should be at least 2 ditches per circuit.

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    carvillshill
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    Finally some useful replies, thanks Reet and MCFC.

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