Aintree racecourse is of course synonymous with the Grand National which is by far the most popular horse race in England. The fact that Aintree hosts the Grand National shouldn't deflect from the fact that Aintree is a first class racecourse with excellent facilities. Aintree racecourse is situated very close to Liverpool.
Key CharacteristicsThere are two courses at Aintree. The Grand National course and the Mildmay course which is used more often.
The Grand National Course is two and a quarter miles in length, triangular and perfectly flat throughout. The Grand National is run over two laps of the course. With 16 fences on the first lap and 14 on the second. Needless to say these are some of the toughest if not the toughest fences in the country.
The Mildmay course is inside the Grand National course and is considerably easier. It is a mile and a half all the way round, with some sharp turns and definitely suits the type of horse which races handily.