Today people across the country will be placing bets on the Grand National, which is one of the most famous horse races in the world.
The steeplechase itself has been going on since 1836, and it”s considered an extremely difficult course, with a number of difficult turns and fences.
With the big 40-horse competition taking place today, lets take a look at where its held.
The course is located in the village of Aintree, in the Borough of Sefton, Merseyside.
Its just north of Liverpool, and the last recorded population of the parish was just under 7,000.
The course itself opened on 7 July 1829, and has 16 steeplechase fences, which are regarded to be exceptionally challenging.
Those hurdles have become renowned, and been given nicknames like the Chair, Foinavon, Valentines, Canal Turn and Bechers Brook.
Horses run 4 miles and 514 yards, with a number of runners failing to make it all the way to the end (and some dying on their way there).
The course isnt just used for horse racing, either. Michael Jackson played here in 1988 to 125,000 people, and Pink, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Chemical Brothers have also performed.
There is also a nine-hole golf course and driving range in the grounds, featuring features such as Belchers Brook as part of it. For today, and on other race days, however, itll be close.
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