HOW TO WIN THE GRAND NATIONAL
Drawing on the testimony of top jockeys (AP McCoy/DON'T PUSH IT, Bob Champion/ALDANITI and Richard Pitman/CRISP) and talking to trainers as he visits stables and yards along the way; in addition to analyzing the anatomy of the horses, Mark Evans (veterinarian and broadcaster) gets to grips with the race. His aim is to learn what qualities separate the winner from the also-rans.
With the help of some breathtaking photography - including a horse jumping over a parked car - he shows what it takes to win the toughest and most controversial race on the planet.
For racing aficionados, the science revealing exactly what is required to perfectly jump 30 massive fences over four-and-a-half miles with a 10-stone human being on your back will be absolutely fascinating.
And even if your interest in the Grand National doesn't extend further than the office sweepstake, this is bound to make you view these magnificent animals and their riders with renewed awe.
A race is viewed in forensic detail: first the adrenaline-pumping start where 40 horses line up ready to charge, followed by the immense power they need to jump the nearly six-foot-high fences, then the precise combination of human balance and equine skill to land safely, and finally the power, will and endurance that decide the final sprint.
From its origins in the muddy chaos of Irish cross-country drag hunting, the Grand National has transformed itself, with new research in laboratories now unlocking the biological basis of success.
With demonstrations including horses leaping over cars, new film techniques taking viewers inside the race, and trainers revealing the secrets behind creating winners, the programme provides an unprecedented insight into the sport, and into the people and horses whose goal is to conquer four and half miles and 30 fences, and to satisfy what is often a lifetime's obsession.
Mark Evans examines what it takes to win the most famous steeplechase in the world - the Grand National. Drawing on new technology and analysis of horse anatomy to reveal the biological basis of success to the physicality of the rider, he leaves no stone unturned.
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|Category:||National Hunt / Jumps / Steeplechase|