Grand National Fences

The Grand National is renowned for being one of the most difficult horse races in the world. Not only is it more than a gruelling four miles long, there…

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Grand National Going

The ‘Going’ is the term used to describe the condition of the ground at any racecourse on a race day. The Going (course conditions) are officially…

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Start Time

The 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National will start at 4:15 p.m. on the 5th April at Aintree racecourse (Liverpool) – Live TV coverage on C4.

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Grand National Odds

All the latest 2014 Grand National Odds including favourites Teaforthree, Long Run and On His Own.

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Aintree Racecourse

Aintree Racecourse is the home of the Grand National which is arguably the greatest horse race in the world. No other race comes close to matching the excitement at Aintree during the Grand National Festival.

The story of the Aintree race course is also the story of the Grand National. It’s inconceivable now to imagine the Grand National being held at any other race course in England but this looked a distinct possibility in the early post war years. In 1965 the Aintree course looked likely to be sold to a property developer and every year the press warned this could be “The Last Grand National”.

In 1973 the course was eventually sold to property developer Bill Davies who gave a commitment to keep the race going but his heart never quite seemed in it. Attendance at the 1975 Grand National was the lowest in living memory (admission prices had been tripled by Davies) and the Grand National had reached its lowest point and it looked like the end for the great race.

In 1975 a campaign was started by Ladbrokes Bookmaker to revive the ailing Grand National race. Ladbrokes had a deep love for the National and when they took control of managing it they were determined to keep it going. After 8 years of management by Ladbrokes the future of the Grand National and Aintree seemed secure.

Property developer Davies was unimpressed by the swift chances in fortune and still seemed determined to sell the Aintree course. Finally the general public realised that this may be the last chance for the Grand National to be saved and a huge campaign was launched to rescue the race once and for all. Generous donations from the public allowed the Jockey Club to purchase Aintree from Davies. In 1984 distillers Seagram stepped in to provide the solid foundation on which Aintree’s revival has been built. The last Seagram sponsored National was in 1991 when the race was won by a horse which chairman Straker twice had the opportunity to buy; the horse’s name was Seagram!

A subsidiary of the Seagram company, Martell Cognac, took over sponsorship in 1992. During this time the National experienced a big boom. In 2004 around 150,000 people were at Aintree to witness the last Martell backed race. Aintree racecourse now enjoys its most successful period ever.

Aintree Pairs Up With The Beatles

All roads lead to Liverpool this April and along with the 2014 Crabbies Grand…

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Win Free Grand National Tickets

The Grand National is one of the world’s greatest sporting events, it’s…

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Shoppers Bag Free Grand National Tickets

Lucky shoppers at Liverpool One bagged free Grand National tickets over the…

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Aintree Racecourse Deeds Auctioned for £6,800

A few weeks back I brought you news that the original deeds to the Aintree Racecourse…

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Katherine Jenkins To Open Grand National Festival

The line-up for the opening of the the 2013 Aintree Grand National Festival…

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Galway Company To Supply Grand National Fences

With the recommendations from last years National firmly put in place for the…

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Aintree Racecourse Original Deeds Up For Auction

Known to millions around the world as the home to the worlds greatest steeple chase, Aintree Racecourse has been etched in the history books and now a…

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2013 Grand National Fences Even Safer

They have come under serious scrutiny over the last couple of years and been the subject of much debate but it has now been decided the the 2013 Grand…

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Grand National Fences Get Thumbs Up

The racing world held it’s breath on December 8th as the Becher Chase, run over the Grand National fences, underwent their first real test since…

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Who Will Replace John Smith’s?

Last week the news broke about the ending of the John Smith’s sponsorship of the annual Aintree Grand National and unsurprisingly it came as a shock…

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