Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse has been the home of the iconic Grand National since the mid 1800’s. Millions of enthusiasts flock to Aintree each year to enjoy the world's greatest steeplechase.
The gruelling track presents a notorious challenge for both jockey and horse. Famed for it's complexity some of the fences have become famous! Demanding ones include the Becher's Brook and Canal Turn. The daunting obstacles are said to spark fear into some of the most accomplished jockeys. Some have even stated jumping over Becher's Brook is like "jumping over the edge of the world".
Originally the Grand National was intended to be a cross-country steeplechase. Historically, the races took place in the countryside where jockeys raced away from the course. They were met with open countryside, hedges, ditches and other obstacles.
Although famous for the Grand National, Aintree plays host to a further four races in the year. These include the Topham Chase, Fox Hunters Chase, Grand Sefton Handicap Chase and Becher Chase.
It has also hosted the iconic motor racing spectacle: The British Grand Prix in the mid 1900’s. Spanish Aristocrat Alfonso de Portago is the only person in recorded history to have taken part in both a horse and motor race at Aintree.
Music legends have also graced the Aintree grounds. Michael Jackson ended his Bad World Tour in 1988 to an audience of 125,000 people, which was recorded as the biggest concert of his tour. Other music legends like Kaiser Chiefs and The Chemical Brothers performed as part of the Liverpool Music Week in 2007.
Aintree offers an unforgettable racing experience for both enthusiasts and those new to the sport. The racecourse’s new look following a £35 million refurbishment sees the introduction of two brand new fiver tier grandstands. The modern day spectator can also experience a new Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure and Aintree pavilion. The refurbishment provides a luxury, first class racing experience.
With the 2019 Grand National soon upon us, there is no better way to experience the 172nd Grand National event than first hand at Aintree. With over 170 years of history, there has been a vast amount of triumphant wins, devastating losses and exhilarating thrills.
The highest amount of Grand National wins came from Red Rum who won three times in 1970 and finished in second place a further two times. Arguably, he is one of the events most treasured horse and his statue can be seen overlooking Aintree racecourse.
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