"as if she is at Aintree"

Horses jumping Beecher's Brook during the Grand National at Aintree in 1890
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeHorses jumping Beecher's Brook during the Grand National at Aintree in 1890 - Credit: Lordpiece Collection
Aintree is a village in Merseyside, whose name comes from the Saxon meaning ‘one tree’. It is famous as the home of Aintree Racecourse, which has hosted the Grand National since 1839. The Grand National is a 4½ mile horse race, run in early April every year, which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the world. It features 16 fences, most of which are incredibly difficult to jump, and can only be tackled by the most experienced jockeys.

Other races run at Aintree include the Topham Chase, the Fox Hunters’ Chase, the Becher Handicap Chase and the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase.