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Make sure you pick a winner...

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10 Apr 2015

There are two phenomenal sporting events that bring Merseyside to a standstill every year - the Derby (matches between Everton and Liverpool football clubs)... and the Grand National - the famous horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England.

For a city with a modest population of circa 500,000 - Liverpool punches well above its weight in terms of world-renown events. Year-on-year the Grand National fixes the spotlight firmly on the city and is globally televised - reaching an audience of 500 million.

The first Grand National took place in 1836 and has gone on to produce some very interesting and hair-raising races over the years. In 1928 the winner was somewhat fortunate as 41 of the 42 runners fell! A notable period for the race was the 1970s, which saw the rise of Red Rum (the only horse to have ever one the race three times), trained by the infamous Ginger McCain.

The Grand National has come a long way since the 70s... last years' prize for the winner was a whopping £1 million. The National creates a real buzz in the city, and across the country - it's 'anybody's race' with over 40 runners. 

Best of luck to whoever you back this weekend!

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