Competitors surviving Becher’s then need to make a hard right turn. Over the years many horses have died here, so it was modified recently to reduce risk. BECHER’S BROOK is one of the toughest jumps in national hunt racing. At 5ft high it appears straightforward on approach, but conceals a 6ft 9in drop over a stream on landing; almost 2ft lower than on take-off. The starting tape position was also moved further from the crowd noise in an attempt to reduce excitement and speed coming to the first fence.
Big screen viewing is also available along with Tote facilities. Princess Royal Stand situated between the Chair and the Water Jump, offers 2 choices; reserve a seat in the main grandstand or stand on the roof terrace which gives a terrific view of the of the racecourse and has its own private bar. The covered main grandstand offers excellent views of the final furlong of the Aintree Grand National and has a private bar. Tattersalls Enclosure is the largest enclosure at Aintree, with access to view the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure and enjoy the café bars on Red Rum lawn. Ticket holders have access to the Irish Bar, live music in the Aintree Pavilion, tote betting + big screen viewing.
There are 16 different jumps, known as fences, on the National Course. The Grand National is one of the most famous and unpredictable horse races in the world – and it takes place today. Around 14 to 16 inches of spruce can be knocked off by the horses during the race.
It’s estimated that 600 million people will watch the Grand National worldwide. You can now claim to know more about the race than most of them! Stats, images and facts for this webpage have been collated from a number of sources and using old prints & photos, I would like to thank all of them for helping me produce this site. Full credit is given in the boxes on the right-hand side of this page.
The race is part of a three-day race meeting held in Liverpool, with more than 150,000 people attending. Lots of people follow it at home, and you and your family might even pick your own favourite horse – often based on its name and colours. It’s the opposite to the Becher’s Brook jump, with the ground on the landing side raised. At 5ft 2in high, it’s the tallest fence on the course and has a 6ft wide ditch on the takeoff side.
These fences are woven into the very fabric of the Grand National race. All have varying levels of access to facilities including live music, bars, refreshments, some with seats, some without. And of course, the more expensive the ticket the better the view of the Grand National, its fences, the parade ring, and the winning enclosure. Becher’s Brook earned its name as one of the most famous Grand National fences when a top jockey, Captain Martin Becher, took shelter in the brook after being unseated.
During the three-day event, more than 20 different races will take place. Between during World War One, the race had to be moved to Gatwick Racecourse. Then, it was called off between because of the Second World War. Fence 14 & 30 is also 4ft 7in high and 3ft wide and is the final jump on the second lap of the race.
But back then, only the first three to five finishers received prizes, with no field-size limit allowing plenty more than 40 runners to line up. There’s no data on how much smaller they all are now versus decades ago, but many have been officially tweaked, none more so than Becher’s Brook, the most notorious fence on Aintree’s infamous course. This fence is exactly the same height as the previous fence, but with an additional 1.83 metre ditch on the landing side. Fence five, known most commonly as ‘the fence before Becher’s’, is actually identical in height to Becher’s, but with a lesser drop on the landing side.