The Grand National Horse Race

The Grand National is the most important and the priceless National Hunt Horse Race in the whole world. It is not only the most popular and well known to a lot of people who usually do not see or bet on the horse races but it is also one of the most controversial horse race which causes maximum injuries to the horses taking part in these races. It is similarly unsafe for the jockey who can also loose their life because of rigorous injuries they get during races.

The Grand National restricts the participation of the horses that are lesser than six years of age. This restriction is as it is a Grade 3 handicap chase (horses are made to run with loads carried on their backs). The race is for a distance of 7,242 m at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool and is held in the month of April on Saturdays.

The very first Grand National was held in the year 1839 at Aintree and the horse which won the race was Lottery, as the name itself implies. Manifesto, the horse that ran the most as compared to other horses, also took part in eight renewals races, the event that was held in 1895-1904. The Grand National has formed a history after Lottery won this Racing event held back in 1839, at Aintree which was the initial race ever held. The Grand National has become one of the main sporting events of the UK with Grand National odds being widely available.

Aintree Racetrack is the worlds most famous, most popular and quite renowned and often spoken about, the John Smith’s Grand National. It is run over two trails covering 16 fences. They need to jump every fence excluding the two, that are The Chair and The Water jump. Aintree Grand National is one of the most scheduled days for gambling and risking on the horses taking part in the Grand National. The atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the people coming from the entire world is just unparalleled. For some it might be the first bet of their lives. Aintree racetrack is one of the toughest tracks with 16 steeplechase fences comprising The Chair, Canal Turn, Becher’s Book. The name itself creates shivers to the professional jockeys of the world. The Aintree Racecourse includesa Mildmay course which is comparatively smaller and contains hurdles and fences. There is one common fence called The Water Jump, which is a common fence in between the two courses, The National course and The Mildmay Course.

The first legal race is still a mystery that remains unsolved. People usually believe that the first race was held in 1836 and the Duke succeeded this race. Then during the First World War, Aintree racecourse remained closed for quite sometime and due to this Gatwick Racecourse was chosen to compete for the races. The race at the Aintree racecourse is the most thrilling incident for both, the millions of audience who come to watch the race and the experts that are the jockeys. You come to know wonderful stories of the horses and their jockeys’ who with all the brave attempts try to compete the races by jumping over every Aintree hedges. Foinavon, in 1967, was the only horse amongst other horses that could sensibly cross over the smallest hedge during the astonishing race.

Abd-El-Kader, was the very first duel winner for two successive years in 1850 and 1851, who won the race. In the year 1869, The Lamp grabbed the title of the winner and further managed to win after 3 years again. The father-son duo presented remarkably well, in 1999, and won the Grand National. Paul Carberry, the jockeyand Tommy Carberry who was a trainer helped Bobbyjo to victory. Before winning the National, it is compulsory for almost sixteen horses to pass the Grade1. The Grand National Horse Race is one of the most difficult races where several expert horse riders have failed to succeed the title. The Grand National Horse Race is the most awaited event where millions of people from all over the world wait in anticipation for the race where all well skilled horses with their professional jockeys take pride to take part in.

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