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Aintree Racecourse is the most famous racecourse in the county of Merseyside and a landmark for the city of Liverpool when it comes to horse racing. The biggest challenge that is celebrated is the Grand National, while music concerts and even golf competitions are regularly held on the local course.
The Grand National
The opening date of the sports facility is a testament to the long sporting tradition. The racecourse was opened as far back as 1829; until 1960, the local railway provided a station for spectators to arrive.
The Grand National is undoubtedly the most eagerly awaited sporting event, because of the passion for horses that the people of Liverpool share and the long history of the race. Historical sources trace the first edition back to 1836, at the behest of the Earl of Sefton. Although it is not certain that the first races were held at Aintree but at Maghull Racecourse.
The Grand National is an obstacle jumping competition, comprising 16 obstacles, made up of hedges and ditches. Many of the obstacles that the jockeys have to jump over bear names that recall the long history of the competition. The total length of the course is four and a half miles, or more than seven kilometres. About 40 horses show up at the start, although about ten complete the race.
Other events at Aintree
In addition to horses, cars are also the protagonists at Aintree Racecourse. For five years, between 1955 and 1962, the Formula 1 British Grand Prix was held here. Nowadays, car races of various levels are held.
Musical events enliven Liverpool’s nights. Top names have graced the grounds of the Aintree, such as Michael Jackon, McFly, and The Chemical Brothers. It also takes part in the city’s regular music events.
The official website of the Aintree Racecourse offers all kinds of information and updates regarding events.