MagazineApr 11, 2011
The Grand National
The Grand National is a world-famous National Hunt horse race which is held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. It is a handicap chase over a distance of four miles and 856 yards (7,242 m), with horses jumping thirty fences over two circuits of Aintree's National Course. The steeplechase is the centrepiece of a three-day meeting, one of only four run at Aintree in the racing season. It is the most valuable National Hunt event in Britain, offering a total prize fund of £950,000 in 2011. The race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year. Thousands of people dress up and come out to enjoy the sunshine - UK weather permitting of course - the food, the drink, the racing and the betting. This year's big race was won by the horse Ballabriggs ridden by jason Maguire.