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Grand National (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

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 The race is on
Grand National ZX Spectrum Bet on horses and see there form and odds
Grand National ZX Spectrum The pre-race screen
Grand National ZX Spectrum The horse falls at the 6th fence this means the race is over for you

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The Press Says

Tilt Sep, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Sinclair User Jun, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Spectrum Jun, 1985 11 out of 15 73

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Martin Smith (63162) added Grand National (ZX Spectrum) on Feb 22, 2005
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