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The Grand National itself is the culmination of a three-day festival sharing the same name, and is famously one of the most challenging horse races in the world. The Aintree course is 2 ¼ miles, with the huge field of runners having to circle the track twice (i.e. two laps).

On their way round they must make it over 30 fences, with the first 14, including the world-famous Becher’s Brook, being jumped twice, missing out fences 15 and 16 on the second lap. The home straight here is the longest run-in of any UK racecourse.

Each of these fences stands over 4ft 6in high, except for the 16th, which is a water jump. Over half of the horses that start the race will not make it past the finishing post.

The race has been staged at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool since first being run in 1839. Its prize money amounts to £750,000, with £375,000 of that going to the winner. The event usually draws in a crowd of around 70,000 people.

The Grand National Festival has captured the hearts and minds of the UK racing public since 1839, with the event itself split over three days of exhilarating action. We have provided a list of the races and the expected timings below, although these details may be updated as the starting date approaches.

Opening Day – Thursday 13th April 2023

The 2023 Grand National is finally here; after a year-long wait, the event is finally back at Aintree, and we can't wait to cover all the action of this year's festival. The much-awaited Randox Grand National Steeple Chase will take place on Saturday, but until then, we have these great races to look forward to on the Grand National Opening Day.

1.45pm – The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1 Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • And we’re off… Hold on! Straw Fan Jack lost his shoe just before the race, causing a slight delay!
  • And we're actually off! Favourites, Stage Star takes the lead and holds onto the lead for much of the race. They can't hold on ending up in last place.

Banbridge, with jockey J. J. Slevin, has won the Manifesto Novices' Steeple at 2/1 odds

2.20pm – The Anniversary 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • The Second race of the day did not disappoint! Sarsons Risk took the lead and even held a three-length lead up to the last. The final straight saw all the action as Bo Zenith and Zanta picked up the pace in a thrilling showdown. A photo finish in incredible fashion decided the winner.

Odds on favourites at 5/4, Zanta, beat Bo Zenith by a nose to be crowned Juvenile hurdle Champion – both horses showing off their massive potential

2.55pm – The Aintree Bowl Steeple Chase (Class 1 Grade 1) 3m 1f

  • The Aintree bowl has thrown another twist into the mix. Ahoy Senor held on to the lead with Shishkin close by – It looked to be all over as Ahoy Senor created a gap of six lengths coming up to the last. Shishkin dug deep and caught up to the leader on the final stretch – overtaking Ahoy Senor in the final half furlong.

Shishkin and N de Boinville win the Aintree Bowl; priced at odds of 15/8

3.30pm – The Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • It's time for probably the most predictable race of the day; to say Constitution Hill is the heavy favourite would be an understatement. Set at 1/8, Constitution Hill's closest competitor is set at 18/1.
  • As was expected, Constitution Hill took control of the race and never let go – finishing a few lengths ahead of Sharjah in second. A well-deserved seventh successive victory for an exceptional horse.

Constitution Hill and N de Boinville win the Aintree Hurdle with ease. This is also Nico De Boinville's second win of the day

4.05pm – The Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase 2m 5f

  • Here we go! Reigning champion Latenightpass will do his best to retain his crown, priced at 5/1. In the end, it was Famous Clermont who cruised into victory, beating Bennys King in second, Lough Derg Spirit in third and Latenightpass in fourth.

Famous Clermont and the first amateur jockey of the day: William Biddick have won the Randox Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Steeple Chase

4.40pm – The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1 Grade 3) 2m

  • In the Penultimate race for Day One of the Grand National, 13 racers have taken to the starting line. The pre-race favourite, Douglas Talking, took the lead early on and kept the lead heading into the last. Tragedy struck as Douglas Talking hit the final fence allowing Dancing On My Own to take the lead at the final stretch.

Dancing On My Own and Rachael Blackmore win the Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase, priced at 9/1. They're the highest priced winners of the day

5.15pm – The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2)

  • The day's final race has arrived; 20 horses took the stage for a thrilling match-up. However, it was Dysart Enos who obliterated the opposition, winning comfortably and even ending the race a whole nine lengths out in front of Golden Ace in second and Williamstowndancer in third.

Dysart Enos and P J Brennan have won the Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open with ease

Grand National Friday – Ladies Day – Friday 14th April 2023

We're back for the second day of the Grand National, and it's Ladies' Day! Featuring seven great races, the day will surely be just as exciting as yesterday. Read on for our live updates and race-day schedule! 

1.45pm – The Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1 Grade 1) 3m 1f

  • Day 2 is a go! Sholokjack takes the early lead but doesn't keep it for long. Heavy favourite Gerri Colombe took the lead and never looked back, ending the race comfortably out in front without much pressure from his opponents.

Heavy favourite Gerri Colombe and Davy Russel have won the Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase priced at 4/6

2.20pm – The William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 3) 2m 4f

  • West To The Bridge gets us going, out in front for the day's second race. He could hold it on for long though and a close race saw Fennor Cross end the race on top – just two lengths ahead of Buddy One and Sonigino.

It's Fenner Cross and Ben Harvey who win the William Hill Handicap Hurdle, priced at 8/1

2.55pm – The Top Novices’ Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 1) 2m ½f

  • The third race begins! Rank outsider Matata (80/1) has an impressively strong start and creates a seven- lengths gap in the race's first half. He could hold on, though, and at the second to last, Inthepocket took the lead. A close finish for the top three saw; Inthepocket in first, Strong Leader in second and Luccia in third

Starting Priced favourites at 10/3, Inthepocket and jockey De Bromhead have won the Poundland Top Novices' Hurdle

3.30pm – The Marsh Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • History could be made today as no horse has ever won the Marsh three times – the two-time reigning champion, and current favourite, Fakir D'oudairies could do just that today. It was a close race, but Fakir couldn't catch up to Pic D'Orhy, who won the race four lengths in front.

Priced at 4/1 Pic D'Orhy has won the Marsh Steeple Chase

4.05pm – The Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Chase (Grade 3) 2m 5f

  • Definitely the biggest race of the day in terms of competitors; 29 racers took to the field to compete. The beauty of large fields is the high odds on offer; the race was dominated by Bill Baxter (20/1) and Fantastic Lady (25/1), who finished ahead of third place by 12 lengths.

Bill Baxter wins the Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Chase priced at 20/1

4.40pm – The Cavani Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 1) 3m ½f

  • A close contest till the end; four horses remained in contention even after the last – Apple Away, Maximilian, Iroko and Stay Away Fay ended the race within four lengths; a real nail-biter for each way betting. Surprisingly enough, it was the highest priced of the four to win – Apple Away.

Apple Away and S Mulqueen wins the Cavani Menswear Sefton Novices' Hurdle, priced at 16/1

5.15pm – The Lydiate Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m ½f

  • The final race of the day, with a pool of 20 racers, the Lydiate Handicap, was sure to be great. Today wasn't a day to back the favourites as Parramount (9/2) finished in 12th, and the top four spots all had odds over 10/1. Punctuation finished on top with a 3-length lead.

Priced at 40/1 Punctuation wins the Lydiate Handicap Hurdle

Grand National Saturday – Saturday 15th April 2023

The blue-riband Grand National takes place on another bumper-packed day of racing action at Aintree.

1.45pm – The EFT Construction Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1 Grade 1) 2m

  • The first race of the final day of the Grand National has begun Jonbon is the heavy favourite from the small pull of runners. Marvel De Cerisy led early on, but Jonbon eventually breezes into the lead.
  • Calico moves into second place and falls over the last! Surely no one will catch Jonbon now!

Heavy favourites at 2/11 Jonbon and Aidan Coleman win the Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase

2.25pm – The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 3) 3m ½f

  • It’s a solid start for Outlaw Peter, who takes the lead with Glimpse of Gala close by. Outlaw Peter remains in front, but the rest of the pack is closing in on his position. It all opens up near the end, with West Balbao taking the lead at the last hurdle – he’ll hold onto it until the end of the race. 

West Balbao and jockey Harry Skelton, have won the Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle – priced at 9/2

3.00pm – The Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • A great start by the riders who come out the gate flying! Hermes Allen takes the pole position. You Wear It Well overtakes, and Dark Raven falls! The competition is tight, and Irish Point takes the lead at the last.  Kateira does their best to catch up, but it’s too little too late now.

Priced at 5/1 – Irish Point and jockey D N Russell, have won the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

3.35pm – The JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Class 1 Grade 1) 3m ½f

  • It has been a brilliant race by any standard – the favourite, Flooring Porter, takes the lead with Sire Du Berlais at the back. Flooring Porter is dictating the race and is in first place for the whole race. From out of nowhere, Sire Du Berlais has kicked into second gear, overtaking most of the pack, positioned in second after the last. 
  • Sire Du Berlais didn’t stop there – dislodging Flooring Porter from first place in the final straight. Winning the event. 

Sire Du Berlais and jockey M P Walsh, priced at 8/1, have won the Liverpool Hurdle

4.15pm – The Freebooter Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1 Grade 3) 3m 1f

  • In yet another close race, the grey horse, Eldorado Allen, holds onto a steady lead from the off. Beauport falls and takes a few from the back of the pack with him – the front five riders break away from the rest of the group. Shakem Uparry, Bowtogreatness and Midnight River overtake Eldorado Allen over the last. Midnight River is the fastest over the jump – taking the lead and winning the race at the very end. 

It's a second win on the day for Dan Skelton who wins the Freebooter Handicap Steeple Chase, riding Midnight River

5.15pm – The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 4m 2 ½f

  • It’s a hectic day at the races; the race has been delayed by 15 minutes as animal rights protesters storm the field, forcing riders to wait in the paddock.
  • The race is on – and it’s a close one, with many horses exchanging pole positions. Corach Rambler took the lead at the last, pulling away from Vanillier and Gaillard Du Mesnil to take hold of the gold! 
  • This is Corach Rambler’s first victory, but it’s trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Derek Fox’s second victory in the event.

8/1 favourits, Corach Rambler has won the Grand National with trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Derek Fox

6.20pm – The Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1

  • The final event of the Grand National Festival, the Standard Open, provided a thrilling race – a fitting closure for a fantastic festival. 
  • Esprit Du Potier made a strong start holding onto the lead for a good stretch. Shinji kept the pressure on coming up to the final straight. Blizzard of Oz also catches up, but the whole pack is close. It’s anyone's race to win. 
  • Florida Dreams is looking good, quickly reaching the front of the pack and eventually overtaking everyone to win the race at the death.

Florida Dreams wins the Weatherby’s Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at odds of 18/1

The runners and riders will set off for the Grand National 2023 at 5:15pm on Saturday, 15th April at Aintree.

The aim of this Grand National guide is to bring you up to speed with this Grade Three steeplechase that is the ultimate test of a horse’s agility and stamina. Read on for the latest Aintree Grand National tips.

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Grand National Betting Odds 2023

HorseOddsBookmaker
Noble Yeats8/1Paddy Power
Longhouse Poet16/1Ladbrokes
Any Second Now16/1Betfred
Gaillard Du Mesnil16/110bet
Corach Rambler16/1William Hill
Carefully Selected20/1bet365
Lifetime Ambition20/1Betfair
The Big Dog25/1Coral
Delta Work25/1Unibet
Remastered25/1BetVictor
Le Milos25/1Parimatch
Hewick25/1888sport
Capodanno33/1Unibet
Conflated33/1Betway
Pencilfulloflead33/1Coral

Grand National Betting Tips & Predictions 2023

  • Once again, 40 runners will take to the line for the Grand National which will be pulsating as ever, and inevitably, it will be a bit of a lottery as to whether all the designated starters will finish. Heading the betting is the 2022 champion Noble Yeats, who was valued at 50/1 just 12 months ago and defeated the 15/2 favourite Any Second Now by two and a quarter lengths, becoming the first seven-year-old since Bogskar in 1940 to win the blue-riband event. It was a momentous occasion for Sam Waley-Cohen, who became just the second amateur since 1990 to win Britain’s biggest race. Noble Yeats finished more than 20 lengths ahead of the rest of the field, and if he can come flying out of the blocks, he could clinch back-to-back wins. He’s trading at a short 8/1 to do so.
  • Meanwhile, Any Second Now is joint second in the market, and is currently priced at 16/1 to step into the winner’s circle. His credentials shouldn’t be overlooked, having collected four wins from 22 chase starts, and he will be wanting to go one better than last year. The notorious Becher’s Brook is one of the toughest hurdles on the course, and if he can safely negotiate that, then he could be in the reckoning, although another top-three finish could be likely.
  • If you are looking for value elsewhere, you may wish to consider Carefully Selected. The 11-year-old was out of commission for three years before returning this season, so while there is a question of stamina, he could well finish at odds of 20/1 to win the Grand National.
  • Similarly, Lifetime Ambition is trading at 20/1 with Betfair to win the Grand National. Betfair itself also owns the biggest exchange platform in the UK, allowing you to lay and back bets against odds set by fellow punters during the Grand National and scoop some potentially big wins!

Grand National Betting Promotions 2023

  • Betfair has a mouthwatering welcome offer to capitalise on, which consists of £30 in free bets when you sign up – perfect for betting on the Grand National!
  • Alternatively, you may like the offer dished up by Coral, which will see you snap up £20 in free bets when you wager £5.
  • It is the richest race in the UK, with over £500,000 awarded to the winner.
  • The race is a test of endurance, as it covers over four miles.
  • It is somewhat of a lottery, as there will be many fallers in the 40-horse field.
  • There have been a number of surprise winners over the years.
  • The fences are bigger and steeper than any other steeple chase race.

The Grand National is a race that tends to draw out casual bettors or rookie punters who do not generally like to bet the rest of the year. Of course, your regular bettor will be keen to follow along too and maybe enjoy a flutter or two.

However, this race, in which a field of 40 horses run over the highest fences and longest distance in the game, can be trickier to predict than others of its kind, so form watchers tend to prefer betting on the Cheltenham Festival instead. Therefore, as a one-off race, it makes sense to keep the bets simple and base them on the best Grand National tips you're able to find.

Outright Betting

Outright betting is simply a case of backing the race’s winning horse. With the Grand National, you can study the form for hours (and read our Grand National betting tips above) to give yourself the hightest chances of success, but the truth is that this race regularly throws up long-shot winners.

In fact, there has been only one single-figure odds winner in the last 12 years, which was Comply or Die in 2008. Even Tiger Roll in 2019, going for his second win, was priced at 11/1 – about as short as you can generally get.

Because many “once-a-year” bettors come out and have a bet on the National, bookies often feel the biggest pinch when an amusingly named horse does well, even placing in this race. This, though, is obviously no route to success – it is better therefore to stick to well-researched tips and hope for a good outcome.

Taking advantage of any Non Runner No Bet offers is a great way to protect your bets in case your horse is declared a non runner. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of bookies offering NRNB here.

Each-Way Betting

To cover yourself when outright betting on the National, it is advisable to double your stake and go each-way, which allows your horse to place in the race. Placing means to come within a set amount of finishers from the winner.

Typically, this is four runners – however, due to the competitive nature of online bookmaking, the best horse racing betting sites will often run special promotions in which they will pay for a higher amount of places at either a 1/4 or 1/5 of the starting odds. By betting each-way, bettors stand a better chance of getting some money back.

Forecast Betting

In horse racing, a forecast is where bettors pick, in the correct finishing order, the top two finishers in a race. Because of the amount of runners in a race such as the Grand National, forecasts, which are paid according to the official industry forecast return, can be extremely high, with winnings paid out to the £1.

In the UK, the return is calculated using an equation that takes into account the odds of the horses involved and the number of runners in the race, which in this case is around 40.

Reverse Forecast Betting

This is the each-way equivalent of a forecast, in which you double your stake to allow your two horses to finish in the top two in any order. So long as they come first and second between them, your stake will pay out as above.

  • Aintree was founded by the hotelier William Lynn who leased the land in Aintree from William Molyneux, the 2nd Earl of Sefton. In 1829, Lord Sefton laid the foundation for the course and accompanying grandstand.
  • The first ever Grand National at Aintree was won, quite appropriately, by a horse called Lottery in 1939. In that race, the horse Captain Becher fell at the brook to give it a globally infamous name that is still in place today. Back then, the horses were forced to jump a stone wall, as well as travel over farmed land and navigate a double hurdle finish.
  • There is an argument that the Grand National actually began three years prior to its first staging at Aintree. This, though, has largely been disregarded. From 1836 through 1838, races, known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, are believed to have taken place at nearby Maghull, Merseyside. That said, there is evidence to suggest that those three races were also run at Aintree, as racing at Maghull is believed to have ceased in 1835. For the record, the first running was in 1836 and won by The Duke. Either way, due to the confusion, the Grand National is officially recorded as beginning in 1839.
  • One of the main factors that helped propel the Liverpool race into a major national event was the introduction of the railway to the city in the 1830s. The race was also boosted by the permanent cancellation of the Great St. Albans Chase in 1838, after which a committee was formed to better organise the Liverpudlian event. These factors led to a highly publicised race in 1839 with a much enhanced field of top horses and greater press coverage. In 1843, Edward Topham turned the chase into a handicap, and within five years, had bought the course outright. Since 2012, huge improvements, such as rebuilding fences, facilities and stables, have successfully been introduced in order to improve the welfare of horses racing at the Aintree Grand National.
  • Noble Yeats remains the horse to beat after his stunning run at the 2022 Grand National, where he stormed to victory by over two lengths. Ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, Noble Yeats will hope to follow in the footsteps of other legendary Grand National horses, such as Tiger Roll.

Recent Grand National Winners

YearWinnerJockeyTrainer
2022Noble YeatsSam Waley-CohenEmmet Mullins
2021Minella TimesRachael BlackmoreHenry de Bromhead
2020CancelledCancelledCancelled
2019Tiger RollDavy RussellGordon Elliott
2018Tiger RollDavy RussellGordon Elliott
2017One For ArthurDerek FoxLucinda Russell
2016Rule The WorldDavid MullinsMouse Morris
2015Many CloudsLeighton AspellOliver Sherwood
2014Pineau de ReLeighton AspellRichard Newland
2013Auroras EncoreRyan ManiaSue Smith
2012Neptune CollongesDaryl JacobPaul Nicholls

Grand National Key Stats

  • No horse has competed in the Grand National more times than Manifesto, who ran eight times between 1895 and 1904, winning in 1897 and 1899 and finishing third on three other occasions.
  • 17-year-old Bruce Hobbs became the youngest winning jockey in 1939 in the centenary of the race.
  • Hobbs won on Battleship, the smallest horse ever to win.
  • Dick Saunders became the oldest winning jockey when he came in first on Grittar in 1982, aged 48.
  • Jenny Pitman was the first woman to train a Grand National winner with Corbiere in 1983.
  • Pitman won again with Royal Athlete in 1995.
  • The least number of horses to complete the race is two, when Tipperary Tim and Billy Barton, who remounted, made it back in 1928.
  • Red Rum is currently the only horse to have won three Grand Nationals in 1973, 1974, and 1977.
  • This absolute legend of British horse racing also came second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976.
  • George Stevens is the most successful Grand National jockey, having won the race five times between 1856 and 1870.
  • Peter Simple, aged 15, became the oldest horse to win the race in 1853.
  • In 2021, Rachael Blackmore became the first ever female jockey to win the Grand National when she rode home Minella Times in first place.

Similar Tournaments to the Grand National

  • Saturday 22nd April 2023, Coral Scottish Grand National: One of the biggest days of the Scottish jump race calendar, this race is a good prelude for the Grand National, featuring some of the horses that will line up at Aintree.
  • 5th May – 7th May 2023, QIPCO Guineas Festival: The first big flat racing event of the season and one of the oldest set of races in the sport, the Guineas festival features the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas races which are held at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.
  • Saturday June 3, 2023, Epsom Derby FestivalFeaturing the Derby and the Oaks, two of the classics in English racing, this is an event not to be missed.

We think William Hill, Betfair, and Ladbrokes are the best sites for betting on the Grand National.

The race will be broadcast live from Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse on ITV 1.

The Grand National gets underway at 5.15pm on Saturday, 15th April at Aintree, and 40 runners will be on the starting line.

The Grand National is the richest race in the UK, with over £500,000 awarded to the winner.

The horses must successfully clear 30 fences if they want to win the Grand National.

The Grand National is run over 4 miles and 2½ furlongs.

A maximum of 40 horses can start the Grand National.

Over the course of the three-day meeting, around 150,000 spectators attend the event, with Saturday’s Grand National day regularly selling out.

There are plenty of ways to have fun betting on the Grand National, but we recommend betting each-way on the main race.

Taking place in the middle of April in 2023, the Grand National is one of the most challenging jump races in the calendar, consistently producing moments of drama and excitement in equal measure. 40 horses line up for the famous showpiece race each year, but it is a bit of a lottery to get around and finish, given they have to negotiate tough hurdles, such as Becher’s Brook. However, the winner will reap the rewards and etch a place in Aintree folklore.

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