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Grand National 2017

No tips- just tantalising titbits about the Grand National 2017....

The Grand National is nearly upon us! For those of you that do not know what I am talking about, I am of course talking about the biggest, the best, and the most brilliant horse racing event in the global equine calendar!

If you haven’t had a flutter on this spectacular sporting event in the past, then perhaps 2017 could be your lucky year.

Unfortunately, we cannot predict the future, nor can we give you the name of the winner, but we can point you in the direction of Grand National 2017 Free Bets, as well as providing you with some of the top, trivia, titbits to make this tantalising event even more titillating!

Grand National Start

So, read on, remember, and be sure to regale your friends with these impressive bits of information and knowledge.

Grand National 2017 Facts

  1. The main event- the Grand National Race stretches over 4.5 miles and includes 30 hurdles, or jumps. Quite an impressive distance with a high level of physical challenge for even the fittest and sturdiest of stallions.
  2. The current record holder for the fastest completion of the track is an impressive 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds and that accolade goes to Mr Frisk who sprinted to victory back in 1990.
  3. Unfortunately, although you have to be in it to win it, not every participant makes it to the finishing line although back in 1984 an impressive 23 out of 40 made it past the finish.
  4. Some horses just cannot get enough and the horse with the most appearances in the Grand National is a stallion by the name of Manifesto who ran a total of eight years! Ok, this was back at the turn of the 20th century but he still retains the record to this very day.
  5. Not everyone that takes part is quite as lucky, the title of the unluckiest horse must go to poor old Devon Loch who took quite a tumble when he tried to jump an invisible fence (there wasn’t actually one there) and landed in a heap a mere stone’s throw from the finish line. This same horse lost a different jockey the race when he broke his reins and did a runner, just metres from clearing the finishing line in the lead.
  6. And last but by no means least, did you know that Aintree is the only race where one side of the jump differs in height from the other side? Very disconcerting I know, but the take-off side is generally a few inches higher than the other side even though over the years, efforts have been made to even them out.

Grand National Finish

The Grand National is an amazing event to watch but it is also a challenge in physical fitness for the jockeys, training and breeding for the horses, and nail biting preparation for the owners.

These interesting facts and figures might give you an insight into just how challenging the event is, and why it is one of the most prestigious and revered races in the world.

Without further ado, we bid you adieu and wish you the best of luck in your fluttering on April the 8th!

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