The Steeplechase Race Of The Year
The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world of horse racing and is held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The race is a thorough test of a horse’s jumping and stamina with thirty fences and over four miles to cover.
It is the climax of a three-day race meeting in early April which features many championship contests, often involving horses successful at the Cheltenham Festival in March. In 2019 the races are from April 4 to 6.
Tiger Roll is the winner of The Grand National 2018 and 2019.
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It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund in excess of £1 million. The Grand National is by far the most popular betting race of the year and attracts many “once a year” punters to have a flutter. An estimated 600 million people watch the Grand National in over 140 countries.
How much do Grand National tickets cost?
- Grand National Thursday: from 29-90£ ( roughly 37-116$, 31-97€ )
- Ladies Day: from 43-120£ ( roughly 55-155$, 46-129€ )
- Grand National Day: from 59-115£ ( roughly 76-148$, 63-124€ )
- Hospitality Tickets: from 125-499£ + VAT ( roughly 161-645$ + VAT, 134-538€ + VAT )
The Grand National 2017
One For Arthur provided Scotland with their first victory in the Aintree Grand National since Rubstic in 1979. Trainer Lucinda Russell had mapped out a path to Aintree at the start of the season. The eight-year-old advertised his claims with an impressive win in the Warwick Classic Chase in January.
Confidence in the gelding had waned slightly due to the drying ground at Liverpool but his connections need not have worried. Jockey Derek Fox hunted him round safely on the first circuit before swooping to beat Irish raider Cause Of Causes by four and a half lengths. Saint Are, runner-up to Many Clouds in 2015, finished an excellent third with the favourite Blaklion in fourth.
Grand National result 2017
- 1st One For Arthur 14-1, 2nd Cause Of Causes 16-1, 3rd Saint Are 25-1, 4th Blaklion 8-1 Fav
How The Race Changed
Steeplechasing at Aintree was introduced in 1839, though flat racing had taken place there for many years prior to this.
The appropriately-named Lottery became the first winner of the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase that year. The original course included a stone wall, a stretch of ploughed land and two regulation hurdles.
The Handicap Switch
Originally a weight-for-age contest, the race was turned into a handicap in 1843 under the guidance of handicapper Edward Topham. His family bought the course outright from Lord Sefton in 1849 and both men have races named in their honour.
Aintree and the Grand National came under threat of sale to a property developer in the early 1980’s until Ladbrokes took over to manage the race with sponsorship by Seagram Distillers. Aintree is now owned and managed by Jockey Club Racecourses.
Why Is The Grand National Unique?
The race is unique in that the fences are larger than on conventional National Hunt courses. Fences such as Becher’s and The Chairs have become famous in their own right for incidents which have happened over the years. All fences bar the water jump are covered with spruce, unlike at any other course in British National Hunt racing. It makes for one of the most thrilling spectacles in the world of sport.
Only four races are run over the fearsome Grand National fences each year. The rest of the steeplechases at Aintree are run over traditional fences on the smaller Mildmay course.
Grand National Day At Aintree Racecourse
is quite simply one of the biggest and most exciting sporting occasions in existence, attracting hundreds of millions of viewers around the World each year. This year’s race takes place on 8th April 2017. Book the horse racing experience of a lifetime now!