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Could you pick a winner?
The Grand National
Member Name: Amanda-Jayne
The Grand National
Advantages: Good day out especially if the weather is good
Disadvantages: Could hurt financially
I must admit gambling on horses is completely out of my depth. I could not distinguish between a winner and a three legged donkey. However , my boyfriend and his friends have been going to Aintree for the last several years, so when they suggested the girlfriends also join them I thought why not.
The Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool is the biggest racing social event of the year spanning over three days with the main even taking place on the Saturday. The event always takes place in April. This year the even took place on the 10th April 2011 and attracted crowd f around 75,000. My overall experience was mixed.
I did not play any part in organising our groups outing so unable to comment of the price range of tickets. I think the tickets cost around £20 which are the cheapest tickets available. These tickets get you into the steeple chase part of the ground. We got out tickets around January time, but for the best seats I hear people book them up to 12 months in advance. The steeple chase is basically a grass verge, at the top are a number of port loos and a bar whilst at the bottom the bookmakers set out their stalls.
Upon entering Aintre you are able to purchase a race programme, we paid £5. This is handy as it gives you information about the individual horses and race times to aid your selections. At the bar there are a selection of drinks available which included strongbow, fosters, john smiths, wine and a small selection of spirits. Drinks are not cheap often costing at least £3.50, they then poor them into plastic cups. Although I understand the reasons behind this, I find it really irritating as it results in people spilling their drinks everywhere especially whilst trying to manoeuvre down a steep hill. Plastic bottles would have been far more practical.
I found one of the most enjoyable aspects of the day was trying to find the bookmaker with the best odds once you have picked the horse you want to back. It is important to note that with the exception of the Grand National race itself you don't actually see any horses run past you if you are watching from the steeple chase. The action has to be watched from a screen. I couldn't help felling a bit cheated by this. For the most part I could not see or hear what was going on which completely removed any excitement of the race as you had no idea how your horse was doing.
We were fortunate enough to experience glorious sunshine. I think had it been raining the experience would have been quite awful. Many women being women including myself opted to wear heels-big mistake! First of all it was quite a walk to the ground once being dropped of by taxi or getting a train. Many women were complaining of burning feet as they entered the racecourse. The good weather meant many people could sit on the grass and many women opted to remove their shoes as standing on a steep hill in heels is quite uncomfortable. If it had been unfortunate to rain I dread to think about the mud bath that would of happened.
Overall I did find the day quite enjoyable. I'm mot convinced if was enough to guarantee I will attend next year but one thing is definite-I will wear flat shoes!
Summary: Still can't pick a winner from a three legged donkey
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