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Grand National Horseracing Jump

One For Arthur ridden by Derek Fox (right) before going on to win the Randox Health Grand National on Grand National Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

This horse racing spectacle takes place next on the 12th – 14th April 2018. The first Grand National Event ran in February 1839 and consisted of 2 laps over a handicap steeplechase totalling 4 miles or 514 yards, with a total of 30 fences to jump.

Winning the first Grand National was a horse by the name of Lottery, the fences across the course back then were made of stone and part of the course was made up of land that had been freshly ploughed. Lottery ran across the finish line at an almost respectable 5/1 favourite.

The Grand National has seen some great runners over the decades, one of the most successful and famous is Red Rum. Red Rum recorded three victories placing him within the record books.

The race has made some historical figures a lot of cash too. One worthy of note, is a man by the name of Edward Studd. Back in 1866, Edward placed a £1000 bet on a 40/1 horse named Salamander. The £40,000 winnings would equate to around £3 million in today’s world of money. In lesser historical times Joe ‘Mincemeat’ Griffin walked away with £100,000 in prize winnings after placing a good sum on Early Mist, a tip given to him by Vincent O’Brien.

Some of the best outsiders that have come in at the National include several 100/1’s – Mon Mome in 2009, and just a handful of others that date back to the 1920’s.

Grand National Betting

Same rules apply when placing a bet at The Grand National, in terms of places (win or each way). Just like on a usual Aintree race day, you’ll find the same opportunities to get your bets on at The Grand National too.

Totepools are located throughout the course, bookmakers occupy the betting ring and Aintree homes a racecourse betting shop too. So, you don’t have to miss out on any other races occurring on the same day.

Grand National Tips

Top Tip

Definitely Red 11/1– Definitly Red comes into the race after a very impressive win in the Grimthorpe in which he beat the talented The Last Samurai by 14 lengths. Before that at Wetherby, Definitly Red also beat Blaklion, so his form stacks up very well. Brian Ellison is very bullish about the horse – “His schooling couldn’t have gone any better, he worked well on Tuesday and he’s scoped 100 per cent clean. He’s never let us down. Last year I was doubtful about his stamina, but he’s much stronger this season. When you look at his Doncaster win you couldn’t say he won’t stay. That was over three miles and two furlongs, and he definitely wasn’t stopping.” Jockey Danny Cook has a great relationship with the horse and we see no reason why this can’t go all the way. He fits all the bills to be a national stayer.

Top Each Way Bet

The Young Master 20/1 – Trainer Neil Mulholland has had a great year and he definitely has a chance at landing this race with The Young Master. He put in a decent run last time out at Cheltenham. He was deemed not experienced or mature enough last year, but he’s stronger this year. Mulholland has bee impressed with his schooling and the booking of Sam Waley-Cohen , who has ridden an incredible six winners over the unique fences, which is a contemporary record, is definitely a plus.


Le Mercurey 40/1 A big outsider which we’re really taking a fancy too is the Paul Nicholls trained 7-year-old Le Mercurey. The gelding was recently bought by Cheveley Park Stud owners Patricia and David Thompson who most famously owned the 1992 Grand National winner Party Politics. Despite not winning in just under a year, he has had a solid season which saw him put in an impressive performance to finish 3.25 lengths behind Native River at Newbury in February and we’re fully expecting him to put in a big race in the National and if things go his race in the race, he could quite easily be in the mix for the places at the end.


Gas Line Boy 100/1 has decent form going into the race and is definitely worth a shot each way at 100/1. There’s been some big priced winners of the National over the years and at 100/1 he’s worth chancing. Even if he gets a place it’s a nice winner! Ian Williams has been pleased with his horse -“He’s in good form at the moment and has worked really well under his big race jockey Robbie Dunne. “All is well and we are very happy with him”.

All signs point to a big run!

So, don’t miss out on a bet for The National and who knows! You too may become one of the lucky punters who was scooped a small fortune over the years. Like when Mike Futter, from Blackpool, reportedly scooped over £1 million back in 2003. It’s been reported Mike and his co-owners placed numerous bets; £5,000 each-way bets at 33-1 and several at £10,000 each-way at 20-1.

If you’re not fortunate enough to be able to spread several bets across The National, like Mike was. Then don’t forget about the 100-1 shots. Mon Mome’s 2009 victory got a few lucky punters substantial winnings at these great odds.

The Grand National is truly a great horseracing event that has tipsters and odds playing out in the lead with dramatic effect.

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Tickets for The Grand National

Tickets are available from £27 and can go up to £109, tickets are on sale now and selling fast so get your tickets booked now. Depending on where you want to watch the event take place will determine the prices which start from:

Enclosure Price

Steeplechase Enclosure£27.00

West Tip Seats£79.00

Lord Daresbury Roof£109.00

Earl of Derby Terrace£90.00

Lord Sefton Terrace£90.00

What Time Does the Grand National Start?

Start times have varied in recent, so do check back. Last year’s Grand National in 2017 started at 5.15pm. It is attempting to remain at a consistent 5 pm start but this is dependent on TV audiences more than anything. If with over 40 countries tuning it’s the local audience who is moving away to other sports, hence the start time for The National remaining dynamic.

Grand National Event Itinerary

Each day there’ll be 7 races, consisting of novice hurdles and chases. Closer to the event we’ll have the full rundown, along with tips and odds for each day.

Day 1, 12th April: Grand National Thursday; A day for champions, a unique day of high-class horseracing across a course designed for the best jump racing in the country. The day offers two G1 races and two G1 races for novices.

Day 2, 13th April: Ladies Day; Along with top-class racing, competition stakes are raised by the fashionistas on the racing circuit. There’ll be an award for the most stylish and racing features include The Melling Steeple Chase, The Topham Steeple Chase and the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.

Day 3, 14th April: Expect a full day of hurdle and chase racing preceding the major Grand National race, this usually starts at 5.15pm, though can be TV dependent.

This is arguably one of the most popular horseracing events of the year, with huge worldwide exposure. Each day is packed with racing action with bets coming in from across the globe.

Grand National Prize Money

The 2017 Grand National had a prize fund of £1 million, making it one of Europe’s most valuable horse race events.

  1. £561,300
  2. £211,100
  3. £105,500
  4. £52,700
  5. £26,500
  6. £13,200
  7. £6,800
  8. £3,600
  9. £2,000
  10. £1,000

Where Does the Grand National Take Place?

The Grand National takes place at Aintree Race Course. Check out our Aintree Race Course page for location details, just follow the link.

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