The Grand National happens every year in Liverpool at a racecourse called Aintree. The event has been held for around 170 years. It is a real test of endurance, skill, timing and strength which can also be very dangerous, as the horses jump over the 30 fences. One of the greatest attractions of the race is that anyone can win and it is not necessarily the fastest, but the horse that can make the jumps consistently without falling.
What Happens at the Grand National
When April comes every year at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, then the Grand National is on its way. The course has a triangular shape and is four miles long with 30 fences. Around 40 horses go around the circuit twice. It is a true test of endurance; jockeys are often unseated, and horses may fall when going over the jumps. Some just can’t finish due to horse or jockey injuries. There is an ambulance available, as well as veterinarians.
The crowd is an eclectic one, attracting the locals from Liverpool and people from across the world. Visitors love to get dressed up in their best attire. The women wear the best hats and dresses that are also appropriate fashion for the racecourse. The men wear some of the high quality and most unique suits. The event is a big draw on the television and people also gamble with the bookies, and anyone across the world can bet on the race. Having a bet is fun because even some of the unknown horses have a chance to make the first three, depending on the rate of injuries and falls.
It is possible to watch the Grand National, have a bet and enjoy the race at home. However, if you attend in person, then the authentic atmosphere of the Grand National will be revealed.