I want to have a bet in the Grand National but I haven’t got a clue…
Here is your one stop guide to what the fiddle is going on at Aintree next weekend.
It’s the Randox Health Grand National run over 4 miles 2 furlongs and 74 yards with 40 runners and riders. No less than 30 fences await the participants in the sternest test in horse racing for man and beast…
The Grand National is a horse race…
Yes you got that far on your own…if you didn’t well then you’re already making progress.
At 5.15pm Saturday 8th April at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool a total of 40 horses with only the bravest chaps and lassies on board will line up for a rather annoyed man (the starter) ready for the “off” of the most popular race of the year and the worlds most famous steeplechase.
It’s kind of a big deal…
About 600m people around the world will tune in to this on the telly! A further 70,000 will head to the track and it’s the one race a year that the housewives find a reason to pick a winner and don’t mind missing Come Dine With Me and the Countdown conundrum.
It’s a marathon not a sprint and they have to jump fences…
The race will take about 9 minutes and almost certainly longer if the rains pour down over Liverpool to make the going ( the state of the ground under foot ) soft or heavy.
The 40 runners will attempt to jump 30 fences and some of them remain pretty formidable even allowing for the changes made in to protect the safety of horse and jockey over the recent years.
The famous fences are even given their own names, Bechers Brook, The Canal Turn and The Chair all mark significant points in the race and it’s a serious achievement for many just to be part of the race, complete the course and enjoy a safe passage.
Foinavon in 1967 was a 100/1 winner and as you can see below in all it’s glory there is a good reason why the “Foinavon fence” jumped 7th and 23rd during the race is named after the famous winner.
Who won last year?
Rule The World won the 2016 Grand National and in the process became the first novice to win the race and was winning his first ever race over fences – a huge stats and trends buster for those that know what it usually takes to win the race! He is now retired so won’t be back this year so the stage is set for a new hero.
Back to back winners are rare anyway. The remarkable Red Rum who triumphed in 1973, 1974 and again in 1977 was clearly something special. Only three other horses other than Red Rum have managed that feat and not since 1936.
Here is Many Clouds and jockey Leighton Aspell showing you all how it was done in 2015…the brilliant horse who defeated Thistlecrack at Cheltenham this season sadly passed away but this run was something special for connections and trainer Oliver Sherwood.
Is it the equivalent of the National Lottery in Horse Racing?
Many think it is any ones race and amazingly the first ever official running, back in 1839, was won by the perfectly named Lottery, although just to make this rather pointless he was the 5/1 favourite!
100/1 winners like Foinavon mentioned above are uncommon but as recently as 2009, Mon Mome took the prize at just those odds of 100/1 for trainer Venetia Williams. She is just one of three female trainers to saddle the first past the post.
If you want to back a big priced fancy don’t be put off at all, last six winners of the race returned 14/1, 33/1, 66/1, 25/1, 25/1 and 33/1….
Does the winner get millions then?
Prize money for the winner is a cool £561,300 and the race is worth a mammoth £1m in total. Owners and connections will be rewarded all the way down to 10th place and the size of the prize pot has seen the standard of horses competing significantly rise over recent years.
Current sponsors Randox Health have replaced Crabbies who were the fourth successive drinks company to sponsor the race after Seagram, Martell and John Smith’s attached their brand names to the race. So from bottoms up to mind yourselves!
What ways can I bet on the race?
BetBright are currently paying 4 places on the race and at Ante Post rules which mean if you back at horse at it’s current price and it doesn’t line up you will lose your wager – once we get closer to the race you can expect extra places and Non Runner No Bet to apply to all stakes – do you take a big price now or wait to be sure you’re lining up!?
The “place terms” referred too means an “each way” bet ( backing your selection twice, once to win and once to finish in the places – first four or five depending on the terms ) will return you a profit if you horse manages to win or finish in the money.
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The current Grand National betting is available here.
Prices correct at time of publishing.
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