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Aintree, Liverpool, Merseyside


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The first official races at Aintree were organised by the owner of Liverpool's Waterloo Hotel, Mr William Lynn. Lynn leased the land from Lord Sefton, laid out a course, built a grandstand and staged the first Flat fixture on July 7, 1829.

On Tuesday February 26, 1839, Lottery became the first winner of The Grand National. In those days the field had to jump a stone wall (now the water jump), cross a stretch of plough land and finish over two hurdles.

Aintree racecourse is now enjoying its most successful period in modern times. While many courses rely on subsidies, the Aintree management is very much commercially minded and on non-race days the new Queen Mother stand, opened by Her Majesty in 1991, hosts wedding receptions, conferences and exhibitions.

In the heart of the racecourse a new golf complex features a superb driving range and one of the longest nine-hole courses in the UK.

Future plans include a new grandstand, a Heritage Centre and a strong ambition to establish Aintree as an international tourist attraction on non-race days.

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