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As the home of the Grand National, the most prestigious handicap steeplechase in the world, Aintree holds a special place in the hearts of British horseracing fans.
Racing in Aintree dates back to the early 1830s, however it was the running of the first Grand National in 1839 that the destined Aintree racecourse for greatness.
Today Aintree is recognised as one of the toughest racecourses in national hunt racing. The spruce covered jumps have become household names, and some of the toughest include Becher’s Brook, The Chair and The Water Jump.
Aintree racecourse comprises two left-handed courses, the Grand National circuit and the Mildmay circuit. The Grand National circuit covers a distance of 2 miles 2 furlongs with long straights and a tight turn at the canal. The Mildmay circuit is shorter at 1 mile 3 furlongs, with regulation fences and sharp turns.
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