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The Grand National

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The Grand National

The blue riband event in the annual English horse-racing calendar is the Grand National, run at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool since 1836. Around 40 horses take part each year on a Saturday afternoon in early April, attempting two circuits of the course, over a total of 30 jumps. The race is actually the climax of a three-day meeting, which nowadays is sponsored by the Yorkshire brewer John Smith’s. This is the weekend when all sorts of people who would never normally dream of entering a betting-shop go mad and have the proverbial flutter. The very first races at Aintree were organised by one William Lynn, owner of the Waterloo Hotel, the first ever champion being a horse aptly named Lottery. Although it went through a lean period in the 1970s, when it seemed as though every year might witness the last ever race, the National has since gone from strength to strength. Legends are made and broken every year, but only one horse has won it three times – the immortal Red Rum (in 1973, 1974 and 1977), whose last resting-place is located just by the winning post.

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