The Grand National is the English traditional race where riders and horses meet in the prestigious competition where only the best and the strongest are set to win.
The race is held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool and is considered to be a prominent part of British culture. The popularity of the competition has spread out into all environments and has become relevant for people that usually don’t watch or bet on horse racing.
The Race Course
The course has an official distance of about 4 miles and 514 yards, equivalent to 6.907 kilometers. The horses also jump 30 fences over the course of two laps.
These fences are larger than others in conventional national hunt tracks, making it more difficult and riskier for both the riders and the horses.
Benchers Brook, The Chair, and the Canal Turn are some of the fences that are popular among riders. The distance of the event combined with the size and length of the fences makes the Grand National the ultimate test of horses and rider.
Betting on the Grand National
Sports betting is popular in almost any kind of sports event, such as the euro 2020 and the NFL. Horse betting, however, dates back to the early 1600s and therefore has a long history.
Betting on the Grand National is a big part of the race for a lot of fans and a large financial segment in the sport.
It stands out from other forms of sports betting when you put your money on an animal, instead of people in a team, the betting can still be super exciting and with thorough knowledge on the horse, form, and its trainers, you have a better chance to win.
The First Race
The Grand national dates back to the early 1800 and was founded by William Lynn. He was the one that sat the course and built a grandstand that was the beginning of the race we all know and love today.
Lord Sefton laid the foundation stone on February 7 in 1829. Since the race had such an early start in its history, it has been debated on when the actual first race was held.
However, leading published historians have come to the conclusion that the first Grand National happened in 1836 where the famous racehorse, The Duke, won.
The 2021 Grand National was run on April 10, becoming the 173rd annual running. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the race, and history was made when Minella Times won.
It was trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachel Blackmore, who officially became the first female jockey to win the Grand National. Minella Times is an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse, bred specifically to be used for racing competitions.
The expectations were high, and the race definitely delivered.