45 hours of footage was shot over two days using 44 cameras and a cast and crew of almost 300 people, including race and stunt horses and jockeys to achieve the ambitious final film.
The trail sees Liverpool city take the place of Aintree’s race course and features ten horses racing through streets, allotments, back gardens, parks and ponds whilst cars, fences, park benches and a skate park take the place of legendary jumps The Chair, Becher’s Brook and Canal Turn.
A wee bit of apples to oranges with 'chasing to flat track racing, both with their own merits of course with excitement. The Grand National at Aintree being a completely different heart pumping exhibit from standard 'chasing in the US with NSA brush fences
Riders are being told to be calm at the beginning of the race and that false starts "create an awful impression."
"We are all ambassadors for the race," said a note issued by the racecourse and Professional Jockeys' Association.
"We all need to savour the day and together you can do your profession and our sport proud."
Changes already announced for this year's race include shortening the distance to four miles and three-and-a-half furlongs from four-and-a-half miles and changing the core of fences - which are dressed in spruce - from wood to a more forgiving, flexible plastic material.
The advice for this year includes the following: "The start has been moved forward 90 yards to create a quieter environment and hopefully reduce the tension for all concerned.
"The line will be well back from the tape and jockeys will be requested to line up at or on the line, prior to the starter starting the race."
Runners haring off at high speed is considered a contributory factor to statistics which show that on average, more than half the falls in the 30-fence National occur in the first 90 seconds of a race which lasts more than nine minutes.
Riders are also urged to remember that they should use the full width of the course to avoid crowding around the inside line.
"I said last year that Becher's is on a yellow card," [RSPCA's chief executive, Gavin Grant] said, "and, if we see repetition of the problems that we have had there before, then that will be a second yellow card and it will be time for Becher's to go."
He added: "I want to pay tribute to Aintree and the British Horseracing Authority because they have acted on the vast majority of the concerns we expressed following last year's race."
It seems like a lot of the controversy is around Becher's Brook. What makes that such a dangerous spot?
I've never seen the Grand National (heard a lot about it though), but this topic has me watching a lot of YouTube of it. All I can say is that it makes me appreciate even more how athletic horses can be and that jocks must be completely unflappable.
I didn't think to check the TV guide, Toadie, I was looking at the online guide. I'll check when I get him.
Vaquero... Becher's is a famous fence because it was one of the trickiest to ride. It had a ditch and a slope angled down towards the fence on the landing side. It was named because the ditch used to be an actual brook and, in the first official running of the race, a Captain Becher fell there, right into the brook and he made such a fuss about it, the fence was named Becher's Brook after him. Now the ditch has been filled in and the slope has been leveled somewhat so the 'danger' has been lessened.
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