Grand National 2013: BHA defends Aintree race safety

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has defended the Grand National, saying its overall safety record has improved.

Two fatalities in 2011 prompted a major review into safety, with two more horse deaths in 2012 resulting in changes to the Aintree course for Saturday's race.

BHA director of raceday operations Jamie Stier told the BBC: "The fatalities of last year do not mean the changes made were inappropriate.

"People need to give an opportunity for the changes to bed in."

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