Staged at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, the Grand National is the one day of the racing year where the outcome of the main race is followed as closely by amateurs as it is by the racing purists. An event now firmly embedded in the national consciousness, the race also reaches a worldwide audience estimated to be as much as 600 million people. The legendary Red Rum remains a name known everywhere today thanks to its feat of still being the only horse to win this gruelling race three times.
The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km) with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017. An event that is prominent in British culture, the race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year.
The course over which the race is run features much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks. Many of these, particularly Becher’s Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn, have become famous in their own right and, combined with the distance of the event, create what has been called “the ultimate test of horse and rider”.
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