It's the equine event that unites the nation like no other - nothing beats the thrill of watching the world's most famous
horserace live and up close. For those who attend the Aintree event every April, this is much more than watching a field of
wild stallions tackling the notoriously tricky course - it's a top social occasion filled with fine dining, gambling fun and
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There's been much debate among historians about the exact year this famous race first took place, but all agree that it
dates back to the 1830s, when businessman William Lynn built a course at Aintree. Since then, various incarnations of the
race have taken place, with the event growing in popularity among mainstream audiences to that point that millions now tune
in to watch proceedings unfold on TV. Much of the appeal comes from its unpredictable nature - against-the-odds upsets have
become commonplace. For example, in 1967 a melee at the 23rd fence resulted in 100/1 outsider Foinavin crossing
the line first, while more recently Mon Mome romped home at the same price in 2009. Meanwhile, stars of the equine world have
written themselves into legend at the event - none more so than Red Rum, whose record of three wins in 1973, 1974 and 1977
has yet to broken.
Given its prestige and history, it's unsurprising that it's become a huge spectator event massively popular with both enthusiasts
and casual spectators. Indeed, the famous Ladies' Day, replete with its variety of hats and outfits, regularly gains as much
press attention as the horses themselves.
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