Why I Will Never Support the Grand National

Writing Beckles

The Grand National is an annual horseracing event held in Aintree which is just up the road from where I live. It has been going since 1839 and is over 4 miles long with 30 fences. The Grand National is one of the most popular horse racing events and it is estimated that around 600 million people watch it all over the world. It has previously been known as one of the most intense and difficult tracks for horses to run and this was one of its main selling points. Over time the race has apparently become more focussed on the welfare of the horses running it. Many of the more dangerous fences have been altered so that they are safer (much to the disgust of many horse racing fans) and vets have been made more available. Despite these changes many animal rights campaigners and horse lovers campaign for the…

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