If you asked anyone to pick the most famous horse race in the world, there is a good chance that they’d say the Grand National. Every year, millions of people around the world, many of whom don’t usually watch horse racing, gather in front of their televisions to take in the famous race. At The Insurance Emporium, we love the excitement and magic of the Grand National and can’t wait to see these equine athletes in action! Here’s our guide to the big race!
Where is it?
The Grand National has been held at Aintree Racecourse, just outside of Liverpool, since 1839! That’s nearly 200 years at the same venue!
When is it?
The race starts at 5:15pm on Saturday 14th April. The actual Grand National Festival runs from Thursday 12th and will feature a total of 21 races, so there’s plenty to see!
How many people will be watching?
Over the course of the festival weekend, it is expected that over 150,000 people will attend Aintree Racecourse. The race also attracts around 600 million viewers across the world every years! That’s more than the Superbowl and Champions League final combined!
How many horses will race?
There will be a final field of 40 horses selected to race. These horses will take on 30 obstacles over the course of four and a half miles, it’s a gruelling and intense race for some of the finest equine in the world!
Which is the biggest fence?
For those who’ve watched the National before, they may recognise the name of ‘The Chair’. This fence stands at five foot three inches and is a formidable task for both horse and jockey to clear!
Who is Becher?
Becher’s Brook is one of the famous fences on the course thanks to the fact that the landing is ten inches below the take-off side, making it tough to judge for the horses. It’s named after jockey Captain Martin Becher who fell here in 1839 and hid in the brook for safety!
Who is the most successful horse?
In most households, the name Red Rum might be instantly recognised. This horse still holds the record of being the only competitor to win the race on three occasions, in 1973, 1974 and 1977.
Who’s the reigning champion?
Last year’s winner ‘One for Arthur’ became only the second Scottish winner of the Grand National. He was a 14/1 shot and was trained by Lucinda Russell with Derek Fox in the saddle for the race.
Who should I back?
Firstly, to really enjoy the Grand National, you should always gamble responsibly! It might be fun to have a flutter but when you stop having fun, stop betting! The final field won’t be confirmed until the day before the race so you might have to wait until then to choose a horse!
The Grand National is a legendary steeplechase that will be enjoyed by millions of people around the world! It can be an incredibly exciting experience to watch these majestic equine athletes strutting their stuff on Aintree Racecourse! If watching the Grand National inspires you to try out horse riding for the first time, you might want to think about getting some Horse Rider Insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our Horse Rider policies come with a 15% Introductory Discount* and Standard Benefits such as Personal Accident up to £22,500**. Gallop along to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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