31 
Mar

Horses and Three Courses

Grand National horses and factsThe next two weekends are going to be extraordinarily busy for the catering fraternity as spring is welcomed in by two main calendar events: Easter Sunday and the Grand National.

Easter Sunday this year falls on April 5th, when restaurants, pubs and eateries will be offering the public a traditional Sunday roast and a myriad of chocolate-inspired desserts.

The following weekend sees horse racing’s most famous event, the Grand National at Aintree where this year, 74 horses have been put forward to be whittled down to just 40 for the 4.15 Saturday race on 11th April.

And this historic race guarantees that pubs and clubs will be teaming with avid punters hoping that the 100-1 outsider will come in! Kitchens be ready . . .

Grand National Facts

So while you enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the pub on 11th April, waiting for the big race, arm yourself with a few lesser known facts about the Grand National, a British sporting institution since 1839.

•  The first winner was a horse called Lottery

•  Initially called the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, horses were required to jump a stone wall, cross a stretch of ploughed land and finish over two hurdles.

•  Red Rum is the only horse to have won the Grand National three times (yes, that was forty years ago!) but astonishingly, overcame a debilitating bone disease, which should have rendered him unraceable. It was only because he was trained on a beach rather than land that his condition healed.

•  Aldaniti won the Grand National in 1981, with his jockey Bob Champion given only months to live and the horse himself was almost retired because of leg trouble. Bob Champion made a full recovery and raised millions of pounds for cancer research.

•  A “Devon Loch” is the metaphor given to an event in sport to explain the sudden, last-minute failure in an expected victory and was named after the Queen Mother’s horse, who inexplicably collapsed 50 yards from the finish line in 1956. The jockey was Dick Francis, who was so puzzled by the event that he became a thriller writer, inventing his own mysteries.

•  Becher’s Brook earned its name when in the first ever race, jockey, Captain Martin Becher, took shelter in the brook after being unseated. “Water tastes disgusting without the benefits of whisky” he reflected.

Gamblers Beware

If you are catering for Easter and/or the Grand National in the coming weeks, don’t gamble with your kitchen appliances. Make sure that they are fit for purpose and if you have any concerns, contact us at AC Services (Southern) and we will come and check your Rational oven so that you can keep your own punters happy!

Published Date: 31st March 2015
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