For some this weekend in the U.K. will be the highlight of the horse racing calendar. Traditionally The Grand National has a more widespread range of punters than other races. People who would never normally gamble, let alone on the horses, will often have a "flutter" on the National. With the chance of an outside winner always on the cards it is possible to win big time with a relatively small bet.
For many, including this blogger, the problem with the Grand National is the harm inflicted on many of the horses. High jumps and too many horses competing inevitably leads to serious injuries for the horses, and sometimes for their riders. Of course the riders have the option of whether to participate or not.
According to the Grand National official Aintree website:
"The Crabbie's Grand National Festival 2014 will take place from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th April. Three days full of stories, wonder and the most ethereal horses in the world, the Grand National attracts over 154,000 visitors across the three days and over 9 million TV viewers."
Having observed young women, fags and pints of beer in hand, skirts barely covering their thongs, with wonky fascinators on their drunken heads it was anything but Ladies Day. Whilst it does not bother this writer that is not a traditional Ladies Day event. Aintree, home of the Grand National is not Royal Ascot though.
RACE HORSE, DEATH WATCH
Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to expose and record every on-course Thoroughbred fatality in Britain.
The latest sad figures are "1089 Deaths in 2579 Days.
Hopefully Grand National 2014 will pass with no serious injuries to any animal or participant.
Fancy a flutter? Check out online odds here
Race Horse deathwatch
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