Last year, the Grand National was in the balance whether it would take place. It looked likely, but as Coronavirus hindered life for both man and beast the Greatest Steeplechase in the World was cancelled with just days to go.
In its place the Virtual Grand National.
I hate to be critical, but it was also a non event.
This year, horse racing fans are praying that the 2021 Grand National takes place at Aintree, Liverpool, England. Make sure you are ready for the 10th April, for the 173rd running of the Grand National. It's one of the few races that gets everyone excited and good reason to take a closer look at popular website bet-grand-national.co.uk for the best bookmakers' offers. After a year without our beloved race punters will be doubly enthralled to see it take place.
Fingers crossed that materialises.
The Grand National is raced at Aintree, over four-miles-two-and-a-half furlongs, two laps, and thirty jumps with foreboding names such as Becher's Brook, The Chair, Canal Turn and Foinavon, named after the winning horse in 1967 at odds of 100/1.
The most famous winner of the Grand National is Red Rum, who proved successful on three occasions winning in 1972, 1973 & 1977. To add to his story, he finished runner-up twice.
This Grand National will be important not simply because last year was such a disappointment when cancelled but because Tiger Roll, trained by George Eilliott, in the familiar silks of Giggingstown House Stud, is hoping to equal Red Rum's third success, a feat that few ever considered possible in this modern era. Considering Tiger Roll was pulled-up on his return race at Cheltenham in preparation for the Grand National, there are many question marks whether this gelding will even make it to the starting line. Considering he has won over £1M in price money, this 11-year-old doesn't owe anyone anything.
Whether you want to see Tiger Roll equal the wins of Red Rum is a matter for you to decide.
If there is one race which has a story to tell it's the Grand National.
Here are a few facts about this famous steeplechase:
Inaugurated in 1839
The first winner named Lottery
5 horses have won at odds of 100/1
4 female trainers have won the Grand National: Jenny Pitman (1995), Venetia Williams (2009), Sue Smith (2013) & Lucinda Russell (2017)
3 grey horses have won the Grand National: The Lamb (1868, 1871), Nicolaus Silver (1961) & Neptune Collonges (2012)
Fastest time of winner Mr Frisk (1990)
The most intimidating fence: The Chair
Whether you love to simply watch the Grand National or place a bet for a little bit of fun, I'm sure race fans and bookmakers alike will be hoping this year's race isn't troubled by the impact of the Coronavirus.
After having to watch the virtual race last year, we will be cheering all the more when the race starts.