The most eagerly anticipated steeplechase in the world, the Grand National tests 40 runners and riders around two circuits of the National course at Aintree.
The obstacles to be overcome are as famous as the race itself: Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s and the Chair are fences known around the globe.
So much more than a race, the elegance and excitement the crowd have come to symbolise the spectacle. Form is studied by some, others choose names on the strength of a familiar phrase. The drama unfolds in a competition fought over four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards.
Across the Melling Road they run, nearly 10 minutes of breathtaking action in total, with the winner so often decided in the 465 yards between the last fence and the Winning Post. The prize money on offer in 2014 will top £1m for the first time. The crowd will roar, rise and celebrate.
Every year delivers a new legend. Names like Red Rum, a triple winner, and last year’s champion, Auroras Encore, have been immortalised. Win or lose, it will be worth it. Exhilarating. Unscripted. The Grandest Show, The Greatest Drama.
Having just completed Cheltenham Races, our very own Martyn trotted on over to Aintree for this prestigious event.Kit List: