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Grand National

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Every aspect of the famous horse race, held over the daunting hurdles course at Aintree in Liverpool every April, is recreated here. Before each race you can place bets on up to five horses, with the odds calculated realistically, even taking betting tax into account. When choosing which horses to back, and which one to actually ride, you must consider the 'going' (what condition the ground surface is in) and which horses are likely to suit your style.

Once the race is underway you must direct the horse left and right (weaving across other horses can cause disqualification in the post-race Steward's Enquiry), jump at the right time to clear each hurdle, and crack the whip to speed up the horse. During the race you will be told how many horses are still running, as well as your own position and the identity of the leader.

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Grand National ZX Spectrum Carefully time your jump
Grand National ZX Spectrum The horse falls at the 6th fence this means the race is over for you
Grand National ZX Spectrum The pre-race screen
Grand National ZX Spectrum Loading screen

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The Press Says

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga May, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 11 out of 15 73
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1990 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1990 7.8 out of 12 65
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Génération 4 Amiga Apr, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Micro News Amiga May, 1990 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 50
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1990 36 out of 100 36
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17

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