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All the racing information you need about the Grand National Festival

The Grand National is unique – the race of dreams and creator of legends. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Grand National receives more attention around the world than any other horse race.

Since the inaugural running at Aintree Racecourse in 1839, when Lottery had his name etched on the roll of honour, victory in the Grand National has been the pinnacle of ambition for owners, trainers and jockeys.

 

It is the most famous chase in the world and one of the biggest tests for racehorse and rider who have to complete two circuits of the iconic Grand National course – with 30 fences to be jumped as four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards are covered. Famous landmarks around the course are an integral part of the Grand National experience; with the fences such as Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s and the Chair so well known.

Prize money of £1 million is on offer for those who compete in the 170th running of the Grand National at Aintree in 2017, with the rewards stretching down to the 10th home for the fourth time. It is by far the highest amount of money that any chase outside Japan can boast.

The Grand National is a national treasure, both enthralling and fascinating, and not to be missed.