Every year, millions of people worldwide focus on the little town of Aintree, Liverpool. There you will experience the thrill and scintillating experience of the annual Grand National horse race. The Grand National is one of the biggest horse racing events in the world. It is attended by thousands of people from all over the word – cementing its status as one of the most followed sports events in Britain.
The 3-day event is also televised live around the world and over 600 million people watch Grand National Live. Grand National has also become a trending topic on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. Many fans discuss plans to attend the event on this platform while others provide a live stream of the event for others to see. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the 2020 edition which promises to be even bigger and better than any other edition.
Here Are Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Grand National
- The competition first started way back in the year 1839 – that is some 180 years ago. However, the 2020 edition will be the 173rd edition.
- 40 runners enter into the race annually.
- Grand National is the most valuable jump race run in all of Europe; it has a prize fund of 1 million pounds.
- 100/1 is the biggest priced winner of the event – and the most recent triple-figure price tag was Mon Mome in 2009.
- 3 trainers have won the competition the most; Ginger McCain, George Dockery, and Fred Rimmell.
- Each year, 30 fences stand between the starting point and being crowned Grand National Champion.
- The Chair, standing at five-feet two inches is the most arduous and most famous jump of all – it has directly resulted in many fallers including favorites.
- The official distance of the race is 6.907km.
- The jockey with the highest win in Grand National history is George Stevens – he won in 1856, 1863, 1864, 1869 and 1870.
- The leading horse in Grand National History is Red Rum; it won in 1973, 1974 and 1977.