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water jump

a ditch, brook, or pond over which athletes or horses must jump in a steeplechase or similar contest
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Unless positioned directly in front of the stands, water jumps serve no purpose except to set horses unfair, trappy tests.
In a week that saw Huntingdon modify their water jump, ofcials at both Stratford and Ludlow insisted the water jumps at their tracks would remain - insisting the hazard was far safer than regulation fences or open ditches.
The water jump has gone, six fences have been reconstructed, and there are two new starting points.
Water jumps came under fire following a number of fatalities and injuries last season, including the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Miss Shakira, who was killed at Huntingdon's water jump on February 21.
JONJO O'NEILL yesterday became the latest high-profile trainer to call for the abolition of water jumps, but his wish seems unlikely to be realised after both the BHA and RSPCA came out in support of the controversial obstacles.
There have been numerous complaints from trainers about water jumps after cases of horses picking up leg and pelvic injuries when dropping their hind legs in the water.
Over the past 20 years, several racecourses have decided to remove water jumps, but the policy has been reversed at Newton Abbot, as well as at Stratford.
CLERK of the course Ed Gretton day denied a dislike for water jumps while confirming Bangor as the latest track to drop the feature, writes Graham Green.
Water jumps, although unpopular with a number of professionals, provide a spectacle in front of the stands at Haydock, New-bury and on the Grand National course at Aintree, but there is no scope to move the fence in front of the stands at Kempton.
Murphy added: "Narrow Water jumps boldly and stays all day, and Saturday's race fits in perfectly as the long-term plan has always been to get him ready for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.
Chapman has admitted he hates water jumps and "would like to see them done away with", but said: "Market Rasen has worked hard to improve the fence, so I hope that it rides better.
Five other courses-Catterick, Fontwell, Plumpton, Newton Abbot and Uttoxeter-have removed water jumps in the last six months, to the relief of trainers who have been calling for the abolition of the obstacle.