Weekly Blog No 72 – The Grand National

Grand National

The Grand National is an annual steeplechase event held at Aintree, Liverpool, UK. The racecourse is approximately 4 miles/3 1/2 furlongs and 30 fences. The event started in 1839, therefore it’s not far off being nearly 200 years old. This annual event is older than some countries. I understand that this event is shown all around the world, however I have never seen it televised in Canada.

The Grand National Racecourse

The racecourse has some challenging fences including Bechers Brook, The Chair and The Canal Turn. About 40 horses run the race and the jockeys are mainly men, however woman are taking on the challenge too. I believe it was 1977 when the first woman jockey rode in the Grand National. The most successful placing for a woman jockey is Katie Walsh who came 3rd place on Seabass in 2013. The prize fund last year was estimated to be £1 million and the winner was “Many Clouds” a favourite to win this year as well.

KatieWalsh JockeyKatie Walsh

The Grand National is betting shops sugar fix for the year as non betters generate their one or only bet of the year. The whole nation seems to make a bet or will get involved in workplace sweepstakes. You can guarantee if you wanted to shop in peace and quiet with no queues this is the time to do it. Everyone else will be sitting in front of a television at home, work or a pub enjoying the atmosphere.

Friday was Ladies Day at Aintree, here is a photo of the fashion.

Fashion at Aintree

Have you made a bet this year?

I think “Saint Are” or “Last Samuri” to win and each way bets would be “Many Clouds”, “Holywell” and “Morning Glory”.

 

 

 

 

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