You bet. They Die.

You cannot see a great deal of the actual race from the top of the County Stand at Aintree, but the overall sweep of the spectacle as the Grand National unfolds below is among the most magnificent in all of sport. For 10 minutes, it feels like a chance to watch life with the colour and volume controls turned up to maximum – and, if there are injuries or deaths to horses or riders, the contrast, too.

Greg Wood