The Grand National is back and bigger than ever

The Grand National will be held at its annual destination, Aintree Racecourse which has been the recognised race course for the Grand National since the first race in 1859. The race is a handicap steeplechase over 4 miles long with the horses jumping 50 fences over two circuits.

A prize fund of £97,000 makes the Grand National the most valuable horse race in Europe. The race is popular among people who don’t tend to bet on horse racing at other points of the year, With many in attendance enjoying the opportunity to dress in their best suits and designer dresses.

Over the course of the race, horses are required to cover a lengthy distance and jump over a number of fences; making the Grand National ‘the ultimate test of the horse and the rider’. Fences such as Becher’s Brook and The Chair have become famous within the Grand National, Widely recognised as the hardest fences to jump.

It is estimated that between 500 to 600 million people tune in to watch the Grand National in over 140 countries. There are 65 horses racing in the Grand National in 2014, with Teaforthree being favourite.

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