The 175th Grand National

The Aintree racecourse (Liverpool) will host today (18:15 Spanish time) the 175th edition of the Grand National, the most famous obstacle course in the world. Historically, The test has been held since 1839, 184 years ago, not being held during the two World Wars (1916-18 and 1941-45), in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic plus the unfortunate 1993 edition, declared deserted due to multiple misfortunes: invasion of the track by animalists, a first null start and a second in in which the tape became entangled around the neck of a participant. Keith Brown, the starter, He had to be escorted out by Scotland Yard so as not to be lynched in front of more than 55,000 spectators.

Much has changed since that first edition of 1839, which arose from the tradition of hunting, in which seventeen competitors participated who traveled six kilometers through cultivated fields, including embankments, the fencing of a couple of sheep pens and three major obstacles: a wall and two streams.

Today, the race is held over 6,907 meters and has 30 obstacles (16 in the first round and 14 in the second), including the wall and the estuary, although not the original ones, of course.

Among the 40 participants of this 175th edition will be Noble Yeats (12/1) last year’s winner, and Ain’t that a Shame (8/1), the top favorite at the bookies, who will be ridden by Rachael Blackmore, the first and only female jockey to win the Grand National. The Irish woman achieved it in 2021 with the horse Minella Times.

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bets. Yesterday’s betting odds may well be modified during today, not being strange that it appears among the favorites Any Second Now, third in 2021 and second in 2022 and that he hopes to close the sequence of results and be first in 2023. Trainer Venetia Williams, who won the 2009 Grand National with mon momesurprise that paid 100/1, will saddle the English hope in this edition, Cloudy Glen.

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