Unfortunately, the event was cancelled in 2020 and did not take place. In 2021, no racers withdrew at the last minute, and 40 runners competed. It was reported that there were more than 100 deaths during the year after the cancellation of the event.
The Grand National is a British National Hunt steeplechase which has been held every year since 1854 except for two years: 1907 when there was no race because the English countryside had been devastated by flooding and 1918 when it was canceled due to World War I. The current distance is about four miles and six furlongs (1400 meters), and the main course is based around Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The fastest time recorded over the three-year-old age category is by Lord Windermere's son in 2019 who ran 2:23.80. This is considered a very fast time for this type of race.
The most famous horse to have participated in the Grand National is Near East. He finished first in 1880 but was disqualified after it was found that he had taken a wrong turn at one point on the course. However, this didn't affect his victory because he came in ahead of all other runners including Silvies Stakes winner Flippant. He died in 1881 at the age of 27.
With this in mind, we have made the difficult choice to cancel the 2021 concert. This is not a decision we made lightly, especially since the majority of our costs have already been incurred. We believe, however, that it is the proper thing to do for our riders, stakeholders, exhibitors, and spectators.
The 2021 Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials have been canceled. This was a very difficult decision for us to make after trying so hard to find a way forward that would keep everyone involved happy and healthy. We know that this will be disappointing for many of you who had planned on attending, but we feel it is the right thing to do at this time.
We are working with the organizers of another major horse trial, the Royal Hunt Cup in North Yorkshire, to see if they can help us bring the event forward to a date that would allow us to continue. If these negotiations fail, then we will have no choice but to cancel the event completely.
Bramham has been part of the international horse trials calendar since 1949. Over the years it has become one of the most prestigious events on the circuit with top riders from all over the world coming to compete. In 2020, the Bramham International Horse Trials were due to take place from August 4-7. However, due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the event has been postponed until further notice.
The 68 horses still enrolled in the event were cut to a final group of 40 runners on Thursday morning. Because the Storyteller was scratched, Blaklion was the last horse to run in the race. He won by a length and half over The Fugitive with High Chaparral in third.
The favorite was Muir of Dundalk with odds of 7-1. The joint second choice was Ballydoyle Bay with odds of 10-1. The third place finisher will earn $150,000.
The Irish Grand National is a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Ireland which has been held at Leopardstown Racecourse near Dublin every year since its creation in 1971 except for 1973 when it was not held because of funding issues. The current distance is about 1 mile (1.6 km). It is considered the most important steeplechase in Europe outside of Great Britain. The winner takes home more than $1 million.
Horses enter the race without any restraining weights but are rated according to their previous performances. The highest-rated horse does not always win because they often face better opponents. But even if they don't win, they usually come in very close behind the first place horse.