Organised racing was introduced as early as the 16th century but there were developments when a hotel owner started flat racing. After this race, Lynn decided to introduce hurdles meeting where small obstacles were being used. The first ever competitive race was won by a horse called Duke which was being ridden by Potts in 1837. The next race was won by Sir William.
Steeplechase racing was introduced in this town at around 1839 though some form of armature racing had already been introduced. This year 1839 witnessed the first running of the Grand National.
This steeplechase is considered as one of the toughest for horses to complete since it has 16 fences including canal turn and the chair both terrifying jumps. Water jumps are covered by spruce, contrary to other racecourses found in Britain.
The racecourse also plays host to other four races which include Topham Chase, Fox Hunters Chase, Becher Chase, and Handicap Chase. Apart from the national race course, it is also fitted with a smaller course which contains fences and hurdles made of traditional material. There is no water jump on the Mildmay course. The National race which is participated on the main course covers around 7 kilometers making it the most difficult race in the world.
Forty horses compete in the race but often less than ten manage to finish due to the stiff task. 1928 only two horses finished the race. Red Rum is the only horse to have won the race three times and finished second twice. There are various races that have been hosted in Aintree.
The first winner of the Grand National was a horse called Manifesto which participated in the race eight times and winning twice in the years 1897 and 1899.
Golden Miller is another outstanding performer since he was the only stallion to win both the Gold Cup and Grand National in one season. Vincent O’Brien is the only person to win three consecutive races with three different horses. Jenny Pitman who was the first lady to train a winner horse in 1983 and 1995. We cannot wrap this list without the inclusion of McCoy who won a race on his 15th attempt.
Apart from horse racing, the course has been used in motor racing which events such as Grand Prix was hosted on five occasions. Apart from this, it has also played host to formula 1 race which was won by Mos. Alfonso is the only person to have participated in both motor and horse racing.
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