aintreeFriday 11th JuneTurf / Good
Ormskirk Road, Aintree,
Liverpool L9 5AS / 0151 523 2600 / Website
Home of the Grand National and as such known the world over, the Merseyside venue presents an honest test these days since the fences were modified on the National course.
The circuit is triangular in shape and has a circumference of two miles and two furlongs.
There cannot be a more adrenalin pumping sight than watching the leaders in the most famous race in the world landing over the final fence to negotiate the 494 yards run-in complete with elbow.
The more conventional Mildmay course is rectangular in shape, stretching to 12 furlongs. The bends are sharp, favouring the handy, nippy sort rather than the big striding individual. The run-in is measured at 260 yards.