For some this weekend in the UK will be the highlight of the horse racing calendar. Traditionally The Grand National has a more widespread range of punters than other races. People who would never normally gamble will often have a "flutter" on the National. With the chance of an outside winner always on the cards it is possible to win big time with a relatively small bet.
For many, including this blogger, the problem with the Grand National is the harm too many of the horses come to. High jumps and too many horses competing inevitably leads to serious injuries for the horses and sometimes for their riders. Of course the riders have the option to participate or not.
According to the Grand National official Aintree website:
The Grand National at Aintree has been a British sporting institution since 1839, when a horse called Lottery won the first Grand National and Captain Becher parted company with his horse at a now famous brook The Grand National is a race synonymous with a horse called Red Rum, the horse who captured the nation's hearts and was trained on the beaches of Southport and went on to win 3 Grand Nationals.
The Festival is 3 full days of stories and wonder and the highest quality jump racing in the UK. Starting with Liverpool Day on the 12th April, followed by Ladies Day on the 13th April and culminating with the worlds greatest steeplechase, the 2012 Grand National on Saturday the 14th April. Tickets and grandstand badges' are ON SALE NOW and prices for Liverpool Day, Ladies' Day and John Smith's Grand National Day are now available to view and book online together with a range of corporate Hospitality packages. Or you can call our ticket hotline on 0151 909 3748. You can be sure of an enjoyable and memorable day at Aintree racecourse.
Liverpool Day 12th April, Ladies' Day 13th April, Grand National Day 14th April
Hopefully Grand National 2012 will pass with no serious injuries to any animal or participant. Fancy a flutter? Check out online tips here
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