The World's Toughest Steeplechase Race - The Grand National
Camping out at The Grand National Race Course was allowed back then. This writer camped out the night before at the Canal Turn - a huge jump where the horse must turn 90 degrees immediately after landing.
The Grand National
In April, outside of Liverpool, on Aintree race course, the English Grand National will take place. The field is huge - usually twenty some horses participate in this prestigious race. This writer pitched his very small tent beside The Canal Turn - a huge fence which the horse must jump, land, and immediately turn 90 degrees to the left. There are many falls as you can imagine. The course consists of sixteen fences and the horses go around the course twice. All fences are jumped twice with the exception of "The Chair" and "The Water Jump". It is a grueling race. The height of the fences range from 4'5" to well over 5'. Because of the large numbers of horses participating, the falls are many and cause others to fall as well. As you can imagine, the amount of money being bet is huge! Fortunes have been made and lost at Aintree.
An American horse - Jay Trump - participated and won The Grand National. He won so much money that his owner had to be escorted off f the track by the Bobbies.
This year the race will be held on April 14th. I know I will be watching and hope you will too. Happy race day!