Aintree is a horse racing venue unsurprisingly in Aintree, Liverpool, England. It is one of the most famous racecourses in the world, and it is regarded as the most difficult to complete amongst all racecourses. The Aintree Jockey Club Racecourse is most prominent for its hosting of the world famous Grand National steeplechase which includes: Injured jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle, Betway Bowl, Anniversary 4-Years Old Novices’ hurdle, Aintree hurdle, Red rum Handicap chase, Manifesto Novices Chase, Top Novices Hurdle, Topham Chase, Sefton Novices Hurdle, Mildmay Novices Hurdle and a whole lot of others.
Founded: 1829 by Jockey Club Racecourses.
Course Type: National Hunt
Current Owner: Jockey Club Racecourses
The Aintree Racecourse consists of 16 steeplechase fences including feared obstacles like: the chair, Foinavon, Valentine’s Canal Turn, and Becher’s Brook. Fences bar the water jump are covered with spruce which makes it different from other race courses in the country.
Photo © Nick Smith
The Aintree Racecourse consists of two major courses: the large National course, and the Mildmay Course. Both courses are wide, however the Mildmay course is smaller and contains hurdles and fences; which are made of traditional national hunt material. The Aintree Racecourse has a whooping seating capacity of just over seventy five thousand however this figure is just the number of seats available.
Aintree Racecourse also holds the record of the ninth-largest attendance record of over 200,000!
Most racecourses are notable for a selection of races throughout the year and Aintree Racecourse is no different with a whole range of exciting races during the flat racing season. However, it is most prominent for annually holding the world-famous Grand National steeplechase.
The Grand National Racecourse: First organized in 1839 features a handicap steeplechase that runs for over 4 miles, 514 yards with horses having to jump 30 fences over two laps. This race is popular amongst a lot of people especially those that involve in betting, it is also an event prominent in British culture and runs throughout the Saturdays on the month of April. Other races are also held in this month but the Grand National Race tops it in measurement of distance.
Other notable events held in the Aintree Racecourse includes:
Old Roan Chase: This is a Grade 2 National Hunt that is scheduled annually every October. In this racecourse, horses are expected to run over a 2 miles and 4 furlongs with sixteen fences to be jumped. It was inaugurated in the year 2004, and is opened to horses from four years and above.
Grand Sefton Steeplechase: This race is run over a distance not greater than three miles. This race used to be one of the most important events in United Kingdom during Autumn, but after the second world war, as Aintree’s wealth foundered, so did the popularity of the race wane, until 2003 when it was revived and caused to be ran in the month of November. Currently this race is sponsored by 188bet.
Becher Chase: This is a race opened to horses that are five years and above. This race is ran over a distance of about 3 miles and 2 furlongs with twenty-one fences to be jumped. One of the obstacles to be jumped is the prominent Becher’s brook, and today it is currently sponsored by the betting company Betfred.
Aintree is never official about choice of clothing, and as a result of this, many use their presence there to flaunt their best race day outfits, there are no dress code but it is safer to look smart.
As usual, sportswear, trackies, trainers, fancy dress and ripped jeans are banned.
Some of the interesting facts about the Aintree racecourse include the following:
The Aintree racecourse was named after an ancient settlement for Vikings, trees were fell except one, and that standing one gave it its name “Ain Tree”.
The racecourse is prominent for its infamous fences feared by riders and horse. One of it being “the chair” where it was believed the famous Captain Martin Becher took shelter after he had been thrown from his race at the first ever race. It is a gigantic 5 feet 2 inches fence.
Because of how difficult the Aintree racecourse is, in 1928, forty one horses started the race but only two finished and because of the racecourse’s difficulty, there is a need to protect the life of the horses, and so five vets are always mobile and on the course ready to attend to injured horses or fallen riders.
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