This year’s Grand National Steeplechase will begin April 4th– April 6th. The excitement and pure anxiety getting ready for this race at an all-time high. Most of the seats are sold out and the gamblers have been betting now for over a month. The ladies are getting their best fashion ensemble ready to win the style award on ladies’ day. Then we have the drama, yes, there is drama coming for the Grand National Steeplechase race and Aintree racecourse. It would not be the Grand National without a little bit of drama, right?
First, we have a famous man who has entered his horse into the Grand National Steeplechase. His name Ronnie Wood, and he is from the Rolling Stones. ‘Beast of Burden’ is Wood’s horse and he has won the last 10 races of his 30 total. This horse has odds of 66-1. The horse is ten years old and has an award-winning trainer from Ireland. Of course, Ronnie Wood is not the only celebrity to have a horse in the running. ‘Beast of Burden’ will be with at least 40 others racing to defeat the reigning champion, “Tiger Roll” who is owned by Michael O’Leary. The first prize award is $730,000.
Besides the huge purse for the winning horse in the Grand National steeplechase race, there are 140 countries that will be watching all of the drama unfold. There will be 40 horses racing and riders. The Grand National Steeplechase is by far, one of the hardest, and most dangerous racecourses of all time. If the horse and rider are not brave, then this race is not the one to take part in at all. This four-and-a-half-mile race has 30 of the most dangerous jumps, called fences, and they have to clear all of them. The stamina and strength required by each horse, undefeatable. Which is the attitude that the riders and horses must have, they will win, they will not be defeated.
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The Grand National Steeplechase race is definitely a nail-biter and one of those sports where you feel your blood pressure rises with each fence that is jumped. Just remember whoever your favorite is, keep in mind that at any time, another horse could refuse to clear one of the fences, and this could throw off your horse and the entire race all-together. This race won’t last that long, but while you watch, you may want to take a moment to breathe before, during, and after the event.