The History Of The Grand National

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This article will tell you about the history of one of the biggest horse racing event ‘The Grand National’

The Grand National is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. It is held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England.

It is a handicap steeplechase race, meaning that the horses carry different weights depending on their abilities. They must jump over a series of fences and obstacles throughout the race.

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When Did The First Event Happen?

The first Grand National was run in 1839, and it was won by a horse named Lottery. The race was initially conceived as a cross-country event, with horses jumping over natural obstacles such as hedges, ditches, and streams. However, over time, the course has been modified to include more artificial obstacles such as fences and hurdles.

Throughout its history, the Grand National has been marked by thrilling finishes, dramatic falls, and legendary horses and jockeys.

Some of the most famous horses to win the race include Red Rum who won the race three times in the 1970s. Another one was Golden Miller, who won both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year.

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Incidents

The Grand National has also been the scene of some tragic incidents. In 1956, a pile-up at the 23rd fence caused the deaths of two horses and injured several others.

In 1967, a 100-1 outsider named Foinavon won the race after all of the other horses fell or were impeded by a loose horse at the 23rd fence. In 1993, the race was declared void after a false start caused several horses to continue racing after the race had been stopped.

Despite these incidents, the Grand National remains one of the most popular and widely-watched horse races in the world.

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It attracts a large and diverse audience, ranging from seasoned horse racing enthusiasts to casual spectators. They tune in to watch the spectacle and excitement of the race.

Over the years, the Grand National has also become an important part of British cultural heritage. The race is steeped in tradition, from the elaborate hats and outfits worn by spectators to the playing of the famous Aintree song “The Liverpool Anthem” before the start of the race.

Recent Progress

In recent years, the Grand National has faced criticism from animal welfare activists. According to them, the race is cruel and dangerous for the horses.

Some have called for the race to be banned, while others have advocated for changes to the course and the way the horses are prepared and trained for the race.

Despite these concerns, the Grand National remains a beloved and iconic event in the world of horse racing. It continues to attract large crowds and captivate audiences around the world, and it remains a testament to the skill, athleticism, and beauty of the horses who compete in it.

By Shyam
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Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.