Whether you’re a betting man or not, The Grand National is a day that is embedded in British culture and enjoyed by many around the country.
With a TV audience of over 10 million tuning into the event at 5.15pm on the 9th May and 70,000 spectators at Aintree racecourse, it’s clear to see that it’s a huge event.
The Grand National is well-known for its highly unpredictable nature where the underdog has triumphed many times due to a combination of different factors. The sheer length and difficulty of the track combined with the attitude of the horses and the condition of the ground are just a few factors that contribute to the end result.
For those of you who are new to The Grand National, here’s a few quick facts about this year’s event to help bring you up to speed:
The Grand National has gone down in history as one of the most challenging tests for racer and rider. With 30 fences to be jumped and a track length of four miles, two furlongs and seventy-four yards, it’s a daunting task for even the toughest of jockeys.
That’s not to forget all of the famous landmarks that have been such an integral part of the years over the course of its history – With fences such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s, The Canal Turn and The Chair so well known to the millions of viewers who watch each year.
Each year, 40 of the best jump horses and riders in Britain line up side by side as they prepare to go head to head in the battle for the winners medal.
The ability and experience of each horse differs greatly from the next which only adds to the excitement of an event where anything can happen. The Grand National is an event where heroes can be made and enemies can be conquered.
Which horse are you on?
Whether you’ve religiously studied a horse’s form over the last 3 years or you just like the name of a particular horse, there is no set strategy guaranteed to make you win.
Of course, you can sit there comparing the horse’s weight, jumping ability and recent races to make an educated prediction about who is going to win. But where’s the fun in that one? :)
Either way, make sure you tune in on the 9th April at 5.15 to watch a great sporting spectacle that won’t disappoint.