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The Grand National fences provide a unique test of a horse's jumping ability, with the birch-topped obstacles a far cry from the regulation fences.

So what does it take for a horse to conquer Aintree's behemoths?

In association with Old Gold Racing, we sent Richard Johnson down to Lambourn to give Francesca Cumani a lesson on how to jump the Grand National fences.

After a windy morning conquering the fences, the pair sat down for a coffee and chat about all things Aintree.

Read Tote's top tips for the Grand National and the rest of the Aintree meeting.

Plus, download your sweepstake kit for the big race on Saturday.


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