Grand National: Aintree vandalism will not stop race
|Randox Health Grand National|
|Date: 6 April Venue: Aintree Racecourse Time: 17:15 BST|
|Meeting: 4-6 April Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra and sport website More details|
Aintree officials say vandalism to the Grand National course in Liverpool will not stop the meet between 4-6 April.
A vehicle is thought to have been used to break through a security gate on Saturday before being driven on the track after the 12th fence.
"I believe it was a 4x4 but we are waiting for CCTV footage," said clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch.
"It is superficial damage but disappointing for everyone. It's a shame but the show goes on."
He added: "They've put all this work in building up to the highlight of the year and we want it in the best possible condition. It's grass marks basically."
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The damage to the track was near Melling Road, where the National course joins up with the Mildmay track.
An Aintree spokesperson added: "We're working closely with the police on this matter. Some superficial damage is being addressed."
Merseyside Police has appealed for information after "damage had been found to a perimeter gate and on the course".