British English Holidays – Grand National

hi everyone I’m Gina the grand national
is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar in the UK is an annual
steeplechase and the most prestigious horse race in the country in this lesson
you’re going to learn about why the Grand National is so important the Grand
National is held every year but what was special and unique about the race in
1993 will show you the answer at the end of this video the Grand National is a
horse race held annually at Aintree racecourse
in Liverpool it has been running since 1839 the course is four miles long and
has 30 fences making it one of the toughest horse races in the world and
far tougher the more conventional horses some of the fencers such as Beecher’s
Brook are almost as famous as the race itself the Grand National is the one day
when even those that don’t gamble may place a bet it is popular amongst the
general public and it’s a busiest day of the year for bookies the Grand National
is the most valuable horse race in Europe and in 2013 it had a prize fund
of just under a million pounds it is watched by an estimated 600 million
people across 140 countries the race is however not without controversy due to
the harsh demands of the course and the fencers the horse mortality rate for the
Grand National is far higher than for other races every year there are many
protests about the alleged cruelty of the race and the race organisers have
responded to the criticism by modifying fences and moving the start line some of the winners of the race have
become famous in their own right in the 1970s a horse called Red Rum won the
race three times and his death in 1990 made the front page of the newspapers
and now I’ll give you the answer to the earlier quiz the Grand National is held
every year but what was special and unique about race in 1993 it was unique
because it was the only time that the race has been declared null and void the
starting tape became tangled around the jockeys on two separate occasions and a
false start was declared some jockeys that were able to start the race thought
the officials trying to stop them were protesters and so carried on the race
was considered void and bets refunded how was this lesson did you learn
something interesting do you know of any other prestigious horse races
leave us a comment at English past 101.com
and we’ll see you in the next lesson you

Stephen Childs


  1. Interesting! The only horse race I've ever been to was outside of Paris (Chantilly, I think), and it seemed like the main attraction was "to see and be seen" not necessarily the race. Overall, a fun time! 🙂

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