Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies not blaming fences for Little Josh's death

Twiston-Davies not blaming fences
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Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies refuses to blame the fences at Aintree for Little Josh's fatal fall on Friday.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has said that the fences at the Grand National meeting are not to blame for Little Josh's fatal fall in the John Smith's Topham Chase on Friday.

The fences at Aintree have this year been changed for safety reasons but Twiston-Davies, whose son Sam was on board the 11-year-old, is refusing to blame the fences.

He said: "He's gone out doing what he loved the most, he's jumped round those fences before and it's one of those things.

"It could happen anywhere, it could happen at home and it's not the fences - it could have happened at a park course.

"It's desperate, as he is one of Sam's favourite horses and he has been a great servant."

Twiston-Davies's best hope in today's Grand National, Imperial Commander, is looking to become the third horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the National.

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