Aintree

aintree racecourseAintree is regarded as one of the toughest courses to race in, where only top-deck horses and jockeys can survive, and even they have to be in their A-element. Located in the civil parish of Aintree in the North Western County of Merseyside, England, Aintree is the home of the Grand National Steeplechase. This race is world famous and sees horses cross oceans to take part.

It is owned by the Jockey Club Racecourses.

History

Aintree was initially a flat racing course, but was converted to a fences and ditches (steeplechase) course in 1839, when the first of sixteen fences were introduced.This made for quite the upgrade.

Major races

The Grand National descends on the Aintree every April, drawing competitors from all over the world. The races form a kind of tourism event, which causes a buzz around the entire village town.

From Golden Miller, L’ Escargot, Red Rum, Mon Mome and Esha Ness, the best horses in the trade have been to the Aintree.

The course

Fences and ditches mark most areas of the tracks in this steeplechase platform. The particular tricky setting of these barriers makes it unique and more demanding than most courses of its kind. The presence of spruce trees at all but one of its fences makes it even trickier, and different from any other course of the national hunt.

Other events

The ground has also been used for other events, including The Grand Prix motor racing, Michael Jackson’s 1988 Bad World Tour event and other music concerts. It also has a 9-hole golf course within its area.

Complaints

Due to the toughness of the Grand National, there have often been complaints regarding deaths and injuries at the Aintree, mainly from animal rights campaigners. Objectively viewed, however, The Aintree does not have any abnormal stats of these happenings, only they are more widely popularised.

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