Where does The Grand National take place?

Aintree Racecourse - home of the Grand National

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Today, people across the country will place bets on the Grand National, one of the most famous horse races in the world.

The steeplechase itself has been held since 1836 and is considered an extremely difficult course with a number of difficult turns and jumps.

With the big 40 horse show taking place today, let’s take a look at where it’s taking place.

Aintree Racecourse

The Grand National takes place at Aintree Racecourse, which is located in the village of Aintree in the Borough of Sefton, Merseyside.

It is north of Liverpool and the parish’s last recorded population was just under 7,000.

The course itself opened on July 7, 1829 and features 16 obstacles that are considered exceptionally challenging.

These hurdles have become famous, earning nicknames such as Chair, Foinavon, Valentine’s, Canal Turn and Becher’s Brook.

Horses run 4 miles and 514 yards, with a number of runners not making it to the end (and some dying along the way).

However, the track is not only used for horse racing. Michael Jackson played here in 1988 to a crowd of 125,000, and Pink, Kaiser Chiefs and The Chemical Brothers have also performed.

There is also a 9 hole golf course and driving range on site, with features such as Belcher’s Brook as part of it. However, things will be tight for today and other race days.

Motorsport is another thing that Aintree has become famous for and it has hosted the British Grand Prix as well as a number of other races.

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