Can someone please confirm if the following is an urban myth or not.
When special trains ran to right next to the course, as shown in the film of the 1967 pile up. People who had no interest in the race or horse racing used to book just to travel on the Aintree freight branch.
I was going to have a sea bass for tea tonight so I went into a betting shop for the first time in years and put £10 on the horse of that name each way. I am not a mug so I took the odds on offer of 14/1 and not the starting price which was 8/1.
No doubt it was a rare bit of track in the day, so I can't see why some people wouldn't want to bash it. Same goes for some of the freight-only routes today - when there is a diversion on due to engineering work, there is usually a few people on just to get that bit of track in.