What is The Grand National?
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Find out what is the Grand National and how the race track is. Learn how much the purse is and the horses that broke track records.

The Grand National is one of the most popular steeplechase jump race in England especially to those that do not often watch horse races.

 

It is a National Hunt race that was established in 1839. It is a handicap race that has a maximum limit of ten pounds that could be placed on a horse.

 

The Grand National is open to all horse breeds as long as they fit the specified qualifications. The horses should be seven years old and older with a rate of 120 or more by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). They also need to have placed in a recognized chase that has a distance of 3 miles or more.

 

Purse of the Grand National

 

The Grand National has one of the highest purses in steeplechase races in the world. This is because as of 2019, it had a purse of £1,000,000 or approximately ¥122,074,500. Additionally, the total prize money that the first place winner can get is £561,300 or about ¥68,520,416.

 

The Race Track of the Grand National

 

The Grand National has been held annually at Aintree Racecourse, in Merseyside, England. The competing horses here run a distance of four miles and 514 yards on a left-handed race track. They would have to make two laps around the track before the winner can be decided.

There are also sixteen fences of varying in the course that the horses need to go through. Although it might sound easy, the horses have to go through the first fourteen fences twice before they can proceed with the rest of the course.

Here are the following sizes and lengths of the fence in the racecourse:

 

Fence                   

Height

Fence 1

4 feet 6 inches

Fence 2

4 feet 7 inches 

Fence 3

4 feet 10 inches w/ 6 feet ditch

Fence 4

4 feet 10 inches

Fence 5

5 feet

Fence 6

5 feet height w/ landing side - 6 inches to 10 inches

Fence 7

4 feet 6 inches

Fence 8

5 ft

Fence 9

5 ft with 5 ft 6 inches brook

Fence 10

5 feet

Fence 11

5 feet w/ 6 feet ditch

Fence 12

5 feet w/ 5 feet and 6 inches ditch

Fence 13

4 feet 7 inches

Fence 14

4 feet 6 inches

Fence 15

5 feet 2 inches with 6 feet ditch

Fence 16

2 feet 6 inches

Fence 17

4 feet 6 inches

Fence 18

4 feet 7 inches 

Fence 19

4 feet 10 inches w/ 6 feet ditch

Fence 20

4 feet 10 inches

Fence 21

5 feet

Fence 22

5 feet height w/ landing side - 6 inches to 10 inches

Fence 23

4 feet 6 inches

Fence 24

5 ft

Fence 25

5 ft with 5 ft 6 inches brook

Fence 26

5 feet

Fence 27

5 feet w/ 6 feet ditch

Fence 28

5 feet w/ 5 feet and 6 inches ditch

Fence 29

4 feet 7 inches

Fence 30

4 feet 6 inches

 

 

Most Notable Horses in the Grand National

 

Various horses have made notable records in the course of the Grand National history. Some of these horses are the following:

Red RumRed Rum was a champion Thoroughbred horse that won the Grand National three times in 1973, 1974, and 1977. He was also awarded various honours like a life-size statue at Aintree racecourse and a smaller bronze statue in Wayfarers Arcade.

Mr. Frisk Mr. Frish was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse that has an unrivaled record of finishing the racecourse in 1990. This is because he completed the race in 8 minutes, 47 seconds, and 80 milliseconds.

Peter SimplePeter Simple was one of the few horses that competed in the Grand National to have won the race twice. Additionally, he was the oldest horse to have won the race when he competed in 1853 at 15 years old.

 

Where to Wager?

 

There are various sports betting sites in the industry where you can wager on the Grand National. However, if you are looking for the best bookmaker, you can check Gamble.jp’s comprehensive reviews.

 

 

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