The Grand National Steeplechase is approaching upon us very quickly. In fact, the betting has already opened up and gamblers, fans, and spectators have already started the excitement. For those of you, who have no idea what the Grand National is, this article will tell you everything that you need to know about the Grand National Steeplechase. First and foremost, what is the Grand National?
The Grand National is one of the most prestigious, famous, and roughest horse races on Earth. The Grand National takes place in Liverpool England and there will be over 200,000 spectators there. It is at the Aintree racecourse. This is where the Grand National first began in 1839. The race is not remotely close to what it was when it first started. The viewership of the race is over 600 million people. There is a three-day festival that occurs at the Aintree racecourse. At least 20 races will take place during the 3-day festivities. The Grand National is on Saturday, April 6th.
How long is the Grand National race? It happens to be 4 ½ miles long, it is one of the longest races for horseracing. The competitors have to complete two whole laps around the Aintree and complete a total of 30 jumps. There are 16 fences that the horses have to jump. These take place throughout the race. The first lap they jump 16 fences, and the second lap, only 14 are jumped. The fences are not the same as the last one, they come in all kinds of sizes. Some of the fences have different heights, while some of them may have a different width. Each fence’s name differs from the others.
Speaking of names, the most important and famous of the fences is called The Chair. The Chair is the tallest of all the fences. It is 5 feet and 3 inches tall. The horses also encounter a 6-foot ditch that they must jump before they take the huge fence jump. The Chair only has to be jumped one time by the horses. There are two other very extreme jumps. These are the Canal Turn and Becher’s Brook. There have been many horses in the past that did not jump the Canal Turn. The Becher’s Brook has riders thinking that they are flying off the Earth when they jump. It is very scary for them.
Of course, there is no horserace that can go without some sort of controversy. In the past, there have been horses that died while racing. In 2011 there was one horse that died and in 2012 one passed away while racing as well. When this happened, the Aintree course was modified and some of the fences were lowered. In 2013, there were more modifications to the course. The fences were given soft centers to help lower the dangers.
This year’s Grand National will be run by 100 competitors. There were originally 122, however, there are 12 who scratched or were withdrawn for some reason.
Tickets for the Grand National sell out very quickly, normally 100’s of horses want to race, however, about 40-75 normally end up at the starting line. As far as bets go, there are many bookmakers that are busy taking bets for the illustrious race. There are more than ten online sites that are solely taking bets for the Grand National. If you did not know, this race is a really big deal, especially if you are into horseracing.
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The 2019 Grand National Steeplechase is close to the start date. The jockeys and horses have been training for months, probably years, for this one special day. The excitement will blow your mind and make you a new fan.