The 4 mile steeplechase is the most prestigious and well-known horse race throughout the world attracting a global audience. With the Grand National being held at the historic Aintree Racecourse north of Liverpool usually during April, riders compete for the £1,000,000 purse on offer. Once the build-up starts for the world’s most famous horse race, the population of Britain are soon placing bets and organising sweepstakes with this equestrian sports show-piece. The streets throughout the country are desolate whilst the famous race is broadcast live on UK television with another 600 million people watching the action around the world.
Grand National History
Most of the greatest racehorses in history have participated in the National Hunt Horse Race since it’s launch in 1929. We have William Lynn the proprietor of the Waterloo Hotel who initially created the course and built the original grandstand with the authorisation of Lord Sefton. An interesting fact is that the 1839 race is considered to be the first Grand National due to attracting a larger crowd with the railway arriving in Liverpool. The 1839 race was won by the aptly named horse ‘lottery’ ridden by Jem Mason a champion English jockey who was born in Stilton, Cambridgeshire.
Grand National Red Rum
Throughout the racing world, Red Rum is simply the greatest ever and still remains the only horse that has won the Grand National three times during 1973, 1974 and 1977. It’s an unbelievable sporting achievement considering the horse was deemed lame. Due to suffering ‘pedal osteitis’ that causes inflammation around the bones in equine animals and cattle. Soon after Ginger McCain a very successful Southport based racehorse trainer purchased Red Rum for £6,300 (6,000 guineas) the medical disorder was quickly discovered. However luckily for Red Rum, Ginger McCain had witnessed many lame cart horses being galloped in sea-water at Southport to cure the condition. This same treatment approach method would also prove successful in curing Red Rum.
Grand National Visitor Information
With the thrill that absolutely any horse has the chance to win the Grand National, it attracts many spectators to the racecourse during the 3-day festival. Many horse racing enthusiasts will visit the course to watch the horses negotiate 30 fences during 2 laps of the Aintree course with the inclusion of The Chair, Canal Turn and Beacher’s Brook. Also along with the Grand National race held on Saturday we highly recommend attending the Aintree racecourse on Friday. With Ladies Day attracting many glamorous fashion-conscious women looking to win the award for their unique dress style. The JLT Steeple Chase and Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase races held on the Friday at Aintree Race Course also provide a thrilling build up for the Grand National finale. Tickets for attending Ladies Day and the Grand National in the Lord Sefton Terrace, Princess Royal Gallery, Earl of Derby Stand and Tattershalls quickly sell out so purchase early to avoid missing out on this fine sporting occasion.