Grand National Steeplechase
The Grand National Steeplechase is the most prestigious handicap race in national hunt racing. The event is run as the feature race of the 3rd day of the annual Aintree Festival, and is one of the biggest betting events in the United Kingdom, with millions of people around the world placing bets on the race.
The Grand National is one of the longest races in national hunt racing, covering a distance of 4 miles 4 furlongs over the Grand National track at Aintree Racecourse. The race is notoriously tough and dangerous, with entries required to clear 30 spruce covered fences on the way to the finishing post.
The prize money offered for the Grand National is close to £1 million, making it the richest national hunt race in the United Kingdom. While the race has a rich heritage, and is one of the most coveted prizes in the sport, entries tend to be of relatively mediocre quality, and Grade 1 winners rarely participate in the race due to high probability of racehorse injury.
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Grand National Betting & Trends
Weight: Weight has a significant impact on this arduous race. Only two winners in the last decade have carried 11 stone or more, while the majority of winners in the same period have been weighted between 10st 5 lbs and 10st 12 lbs.
Age: Experience counts in the Grand National, and most winners fall in the 9- to 12-year-old age range. Only 2 racehorses outside this age range have won the Grand National in the past 20 years.
Odds: The Grand National is something of a lottery with winners pricing anywhere from 7/1 to 100/1. It is notable that all four favourites that won the race in the past two decades started the race priced at 7/1. The majority of race winners are priced 20/1 or lower.
Jockey: Ruby Walsh has won the Grand National twice since 2000.
Trainer: Nigel Twiston Davies has fielded two Grand National winners since 1998.
Grand National Tip: With a large field, horses of variable quality and the impact of the notorious Aintree fences at play, predicting the winner of this race is like betting on the lottery. A spread of each-way bets on entries priced under 20/1 is one tactic that can pay dividends, but a lay bet on the favourite seems the best option in a race where so much can, and does, go wrong.
Grand National Winners
The Grand National has blooded a number of the greatest champions in the history of national hunt racing. Legendary winners include Golden Miller, the only horse to win both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and three times winner, Red Rum, who won the race despite suffering from an incurable bone disease in his foot.