The Grand National

With the Grand National happening in a couple of weeks we thought this week’s blog would be about this horse racing festival.

The festival takes place every year at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool and the Grand National is the biggest National Hunt horse race in the world.

The race is run over four miles and three and a half furlongs which is just over seven thousand metres. There are thirty fences the riders have to tackle which brings many falls especially at some of the tougher fences such as Becher’s Brook which has a sharp turn immediately after it. The first race took place in 1839 and it has a prize fund of over one million pounds.

It is one of the most watched horse races in the whole world with over six hundred million people watching the race in around one hundred and fifty countries. Picking the winner is near impossible with so many fallers each year, in 2014 the race was won by Pineay de Re who was riden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Richard Newland.

Red Rum has won the race a record three times and George Stevens is the leading jockey with five wins. The quickest winning time was Mr Frisk who ran the race in just under nine minutes.

If you are looking to attend the Grand National we have two hospitality options. We have the Bob Champion Suite which is the best value option at the Grand National and is located adjacent to the parade ring. The Corbiere Suite offers fantastic views of the course and is located in the Lord Sefton stand.

If want further details on any of the above let us know and if you are travelling to the race in a couple of weeks we hope you pick a winner or two!