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Race Type: Steeplechase
Distance: 4 miles, 770 yards (7.141 km)
Track: Left Handed
Qualification: Seven-years-old and up that are rated 120 or more by BHA and have previously placed in a recognised chase of 3 miles or more
2017 Race Details: The race starts at 17:15 on 8th April 2017
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When non-racing fans or those with only a passing interest in the sport are asked to name a famous horse race, we would guess that the vast majority all would name the same race and that is the Grand National.
The Grand National is one of those special occasions that really grabs hold of the attention of the general public and puts the sport of Horse Racing in the national conscious.
As a National Hunt horse race, the handicap steeplechase features 30 fences over the 2 laps of Aintree Racecourse. The race is 4 miles and 3.5 furlongs (7.141 kilometres) in length. Many of the fences of race have become iconic names in the sport in their own right with Becher’s Brook, The Chair and Canal Turn standing out.
For many the Grand National is the ultimate test of rider and horse and thanks in part to that and its immense popularity it is also the most valuable jump race in Europe with a prize fund of over £1,000,000.
The Grand National is run annually and takes place at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool in April.
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When it comes to horse races there are few more famous and more iconic than the Grand National from Aintree in the north west of England.
There are also few races that grab the attention of the general public as much as the Grand National with the race breaking into the mainstream more so than any other race.
That means that not only are fans of the sport wanting to bet on the action but those who have never bet on horse racing before who only bet once a year for this race are looking to bet on the action.
If that is you, the choice of where to bet has never been more confusing with 100’s of online and offline bookies all vying for you to bet with them.
Whilst the offers that are pushed on you may sound great, the majority come with small print that means winnings will only be paid after you have placed more bets and for you to maximise the offer you will need to keep betting. Whilst that makes perfect sense for bookies, if you are only betting once, there is no advantage to you and lots of disappointment as you realised that extra bonus just isn’t for you.
What we find and what we would expect ourselves is that those wanting to bet on the Grand National are just wanting a trusty bookie, who makes it simply and safe to bet on the action and easy and safe to get any winnings back and that is exactly what the bookies shown on this website do.
Best of all, our partners allow you to watch the race live online so no matter if you are at home or on the move you can watch the entire Grand National live.
Part of the fun is picking your horse and cheering it on as it races around the iconic course and hopefully you will get the excitement of seeing your chosen horse battling it out towards the front of the pack as the horse race into the home straight and fight for the victory.
The race is about so much more than the excitement and the challenge of some of the biggest fences in the world as it is a race full of history and prestige.
Almost from the very beginning the race attracted many of the biggest names in the sport, from famous horses to top trainers and of course the owners with the most resources.
The race was first runway back in 1839 after been founded by William Lynn on land he leased in Aintree from the 2nd Earl of Sefton.
There are some discrepancies as to whether the first couple of running’s of the race were held at Aintree or Maghull but the history of the race is certainly associated with Aintree throughout its history and it is at the Liverpool course which is known around the world as the home of the National.
For many the race become what it is today in 1939 after the railway from Manchester to Liverpool made it easier for fans to get to the track from across the United Kingdom whilst the Great St Albans Chase, which had clashed with the Grand National wasn’t renewed and the race moved from a local race to a true national one.
As you would expect from a race with so much history and with so much prestige there have been many moments in its history that have been noteworthy.
In 1928 the race had 42 runners but after 41 of them fell, Tipperary Tim won unopposed.
The race was ended during the war period but in 1956 Devon Loch, who was owned by the Queen Mother was leading after clearing the final fence and for seemingly no reason, the horse leapt into the air and fell to the ground.
In 1967 an unseated horse caused havoc and brought about chaos that allowed Foinavon, a 100/1 outsider to avoid the melee and race away to victory.
The 1970’s saw the rise and dominance of the iconic Red Rum and whilst the 1980’s saw a downturn in interest in the race, by the 1990’s the nations gaze was back on Aintree, especially in 1993 when the race was abandoned after a jockey got tangled in the starting tape. A false start was announced but 30 of the 39 jockeys failed to realise and started to race.
Despite numerous officials standing on the course waving flags, the jockeys continued in the belief that these were protestors, after an earlier incident the same day. 7 horses went onto finish the race with Esha Ness first past the post in the race that never was.
In 1997 the race had to be moved to Monday after bomb threats from the Provisional Irish Republic Army (IRA) caused the evacuation of the racetrack on race day.
In 2010 the race became the first UK race to be shown live in HD whilst the 2020 race was the first to be run virtually after the real-world race was cancelled.
The history of the race has led to a number of records been made at the race that have proven to be hugely difficult to break.
The horse with the most wins is the famous Red Rum who won in 1973, 1974 and 1977 (he also came 2nd in 75 and 76).
The jockey with the most wins is George Stevens who won on 5 occasions in 1856 (on Freetrader), 1863 (on Emblem), 1864 (on Emblematic) and in 1869 & 1870 (on The Colonel).
There have been 4 owners to have won the race on 3 separate occasions.