The 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National takes place at Aintree this Saturday (9th April) and it’s only the biggest horse racing event in the world!
It’s a race that commands attention and never seems to disappoint, which means an annual bet on the GN is almost engraved in British tradition.
The vibrant colours and energetic atmosphere makes this one of the most entertaining events of the sporting calendar. There aren’t many sporting occasions that can bring a nation together in celebration quite like this.
So, what makes this prestigious Horse Race just so Grand?
Well, everyone loves an underdog story – especially the Brits. The National provides outsiders with the gift of hope. If any horse can get round the gruelling course and over the insurmountable fences, you can guarantee they won’t have many others for company – hence why horses as far out as 100-1 have won it!
The Possibility of Eternal Greatness
Whether it’s the jockey, horse, trainer or owner, the winners of this prestigious race aren’t forgotten swiftly and quite right too. Just think Red Rum – the only horse to win back to back Grand Nationals, is still regarded as the greatest ever.
The crowd at Aintree is deafening, especially during the final few furlongs. The horses are just about dead on their feet whilst the jockeys attempt to summon every ounce of energy from their trusted steed and each spectator does their best to telepathically will-on their horse to the finish line: it is one of the great moments in sport.
Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to attend Aintree but that doesn’t mean you’ll suffer from a lack of atmosphere – far from it. Pubs throughout the UK and the world are packed to the rafters with punters screaming at TV’s.
No, we’re not talking about the jockeys and their vibrantly colourful tops that flutter in the breeze all so elegantly; or in fact their rather trendy boots.
No, we’re talking about the thousands of spectators that put a huge amount of thought into their apparel for the days racing. Whether your Terry Henry or Thierry Henry, it’s an occassion to fix up look sharp…some people’s efforts are in vein but since it’s a sporting event we guess it’s the taking part that counts…
If you’re at the races and are staying with us at our pentahotel in Warrington, don’t worry about rushing back after the racing – our #pentalounge is open 24 hours a day so if you win big, it means you can celebrate all night long!
Stay the night with us in Warrington after an exhilarating day at the races and keep the night going as long as you want…Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates.
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