The Grand National In Numbers – 10 Facts You Need To Know
The Grand National is a huge part of scouse culture, and after 178 years of this iconic race, the famous four-legged legends and brave jockeys it’s produced, we reckon we know it all. But do we?
More than 150,000 people flock to the Grand National at Aintree during the annual three-day festival and given how much effort goes into making sure we look the part, here at The Guide Liverpool we got to thinking about important questions like how many bottles of Prosecco are opened, how long is the race itself and most importantly, how much money is up for grabs on the gee-gees this weekend?
We’ve delved into the history books to bring you 10 facts and figures we should all know about the Randox Health Grand National.
1839 – the year of the first ever Grand National Chase, the winner was a horse called Lottery.
£3 million – The colossal prize fund at this years Randox Health Grand National, the richest jump race in Britain.
8.47 minutes – the time it took the fastest ever winner, Mr Frisk, to complete the course back in 1990.
1904 – The year ‘Moifaa’ rode by Arthur Birch, was crowned winner having disappeared a year earlier in a shipwreck during the horses journey from New Zealand to Liverpool.
9 – The most common age of previous Grand National four-legged winners. Remember this when placing your bets.
5 – British Grand Prix events have also taken place at Aintree racecourse. That’s what we call horse power!
21 – The number of races taking places over the three-day festival. It all kicks-off at 1:40pm on Thursday 6th April with the Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Chase.
£35,000 – The total up for grabs in this years #FabulousFriday Style Award Competition. And it includes a brand spanking-new Range Rover Evoque too!
40 – The maximum number of horses allowed to take on the Grand National Chase (plus 4 reserves)
600 million – The number of people, worldwide who tune in to watch the Grand National action either on tv or online.