Saturday March 16, 2019
Everyone knows the name Aintree. Everyone knows about the Grand National. Everyone, it seems, is ready to have a flutter on this famous horse race, even if they would never place a wager on another horse race for the remainder of the year.
The Grand National is special. Everyone who has ever ridden to victory in this race will know the truth of that statement. Last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, is ready to ride again this year, currently standing as one of the favourites to win. History is against that occurring though, especially since we have not seen the same horse win two Grand Nationals in a row since the mid-Seventies, when a certain Red Rum managed it. He showed the others how it was done by coming back and winning a third time three years after his second win, too.
Elegant Escape, Rathvinden, and Vintage Clouds are also among the front runners in the betting stakes at this stage, although that could change in the coming days. Between 10 and 66 horses have started the race in various years gone by, but we can expect plenty of horses and riders to back this time around. Of course, the number of starters often varies greatly from the number who finish each race. In 2018, just 17 horses made it all the way to the finish line.
It takes one month to prepare the jumps and the course for the race itself. As such, work has already begun in earnest to complete the course in time for Saturday 6th April. Runners and riders will complete a four-mile, 514-yard course, with 14 fences being tackled twice over and the remaining two on the final stretch towards the finish line. This popular steeplechase takes in many bets, with people watching to see whether their horse will come in first place as the race goes on. Most races are completed in around nine to 11 minutes, although the finish time depends on the conditions present on the day.
Who will you bet on this year in the Grand National? Have you managed to pick the winning horse before? If not, you may find this will be your lucky year.