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First Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree Liverpool (1839)

First Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree Liverpool (1839)

The Grand National is a world-famous horse race that takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. The race is run over a distance of 4 miles and 6 furlongs and features a unique course with fences that are much larger and more challenging than those found in other steeplechases.

The first Grand National Steeplechase took place in 1839 and was won by the horse Lottery. Since then, the race has been held every year with the exception of two years during World War I and four years during World War II. Today, the Grand National is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, with an estimated 500 million people watching it on television each year. The race is also famous for its traditions, such as the post-race celebration of the winning horse with a pint of Guinness.

Activity Ideas:

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