13 April - 15 April 23
The Grand National
The Grand National is an annual horse racing event held at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. It is one of the most famous horse racing events in the world and attracts millions of viewers both in the UK and internationally. The race itself is a handicap steeplechase, run over a distance of 4 miles and 514 yards, and involves jumping over 30 fences, some of which are notoriously difficult, such as Becher's Brook and The Chair. The race is open to horses aged seven years and older and is considered one of the ultimate tests of stamina and jumping ability.
It has a rich history dating back to its first running in 1839, with the event growing in popularity and significance over the years. It has produced some of the most iconic moments in horse racing history, such as Red Rum's three victories in the 1970s, and has also been the subject of controversy, particularly regarding the safety of the horses and riders. In recent years, significant changes have been made to the course and the safety measures in place to ensure the welfare of the horses, including changes to fence construction, modifications to the course layout, and the introduction of stricter veterinary checks.
The Grand National has become more than just a horse race, it's an event that captures the imagination of the public and attracts people from all walks of life. It has a rich history dating back to the 19th century and remains an important part of British horse racing culture today.
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