The Grand National is the biggest race in the UK, even more than the Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. This is the World Cup of hunt racing.
Legends like Red Rum, Aldini, Hedgehunter and Party Politics have left their mark. Fans crowd the Aintree Racecourse just outside of Liverpool each year to see a race of 40 runners jumping over some of the toughest obstacles that a race of the kind offers.
Favorites do not always win the Grand National, this is one of those races were selecting the winner is far more complicated. In 2017 One For Arthur snatched victory from major favorites.
Grand National Festival Overview
The Grand National is a National Hunt race, horses jump over 30 fences and pools during 3 laps over a course of 4 miles 514 yards. The race is one of the oldest in the world, it began in 1839 as a tradition between town folk that competed against each other between local landmarks. The racecourse was built over the same path the initial path, old stone walls and wooden fences have been replaced by the standard obstacles. Famous fences include The Chair, Becher’s Brook and the Canal Turn.
When is the Grand National Festival
April 12th to 14th.
The big race takes place the 14th at 5:15pm UK time.
ITV channel will be airing the race.
Grand National Festival Odds Live
Get the latest Aintree Racecourse results and great odds live from William Hill, the contender list gets updated regularly with betting tips and latest news.