Saturday, April 08, 2017

The National.

Simply say The National to any English person and they will know exactly what one is referring to: just the greatest steeplechase in the universe, that's all.  The Grand National is an annual horse race which is held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.  The race is famous for having larger, and deeper, jumps than the common or garden steeplechase and it is run over a much longer distance, i.e., over 4 miles.  The race is a big event for Britons - even if one doesn't usually bet on the gee-gees, one will have a wager on The National.  The race has been run since 1839 and there have been a lot of winners.  But the 2017 race will mark 40 years since Red Rum, the most famous of all National winners, in an unsurpassed and historic feat, won his third and final Grand National.
I was excited to be home for The National this year, I love the spectacle of it all.  The entire family, even the 3 year old, got in on the act and placed bets (two horses each).  In fact, the horse the toddler picked came in first, a horse called One for Arthur.  (How did she do that?) Another niece and I both picked the horse that placed fourth, so we broke even money-wise, meanwhile the 3 year old is a big winner.  I still love the race, whether I win or lose.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

I'm steeped in learning something new!
Red Rum

Thud said...

gotta love the national.

phlegmfatale said...

I love the photos of all the dressed-up people at the races in the UK-- so very civilised!

And the hats? oh, my, the hats!

[Puppy picture is up, btw]

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Red Rum also came second, twice.

Thud: Love it!

Phlegmmy: Friday is 'Ladies Day' - you should see the hats then!