Plain Fence, Height: 5ft, Width: 3ft
After four named fences in a row, those left in the field can settle into what is the penultimate straight on the Grand National track at Aintree.
The tenth fence, which acts as the 26th flight in total on the second circuit, is no ‘gimme’ mind you – partly because it stands 5ft tall, and also partly because of the intensity of the quartet of obstacles that immediately precede it.
Taken in front of the Sefton Stand, the field will next tackle two consecutive open ditches after the tenth, so a good leap here is vital.
Famous Fallers at Fence 10/26
While not a prolific dream-wrecker, the history books could have been oh so different had Ballyoptic – when running well and tracking Tiger Roll – not fallen at the 26th fence in 2019.
The 10/1 shot The Druids Nephew was second heading into the 26th in 2015 before taking a tumble, while The Rainbow Hunter was also travelling nicely before falling at this obstacle – no fence had more of an impact on the Grand National this year than the supposedly ‘easier’ 10th/26th.
In a parallel universe, Tony McCoy might not have won the 2010 Grand National aboard Don’t Push It – and Mon Mome might have become a two-time winner of the race – had the Aidan Coleman ridden horse not fallen at the 26th in dramatic fashion.