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What is the Grand National?

Added on: March 29, 2016

The Grand National is the most famous horse race in Great Britain and it is held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. The first ever Grand National took place back in 1839 and this is event is basically England’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. This National Hunt horse race is a handicap steeplechase for seven-year-olds and up and it is estimated that the race is watched every year by 500 to 600 million people in more than 140 countries.

The 2015 Grand National had a £1,000,000.00 prize pool and the winner, Many Clouds, priced at 25/1 (+2500.00) and ridden by Leighton Aspell, walked away with £561,300. The 2016 Grand National will have a similar purse and it will take place on Saturday 9th April. Previous winners have included the 2014 winner Pineau de Re (25/1, +2500.00), also ridden by Leighton Aspell, and in 2013 it was11-year-old longshot Auroras Encore (66/1, +6600.00) who was ridden by Ryan Mania.

Let’s take a look at some of the horses that are likely to run this year and their odds (which may have changed a great deal by race day). Many Clouds is this year’s favourite, priced at 8/1 (+800.00). Some of the other likely runners include Silviniaco Conti (10/1, +1000.00 ), The Last Samurai (12/1, +1200.00), Holywell (14/1, +1400.00), Carlingford Lough (16/1, +1600.00), Cause of Causes (+1600.00), Goonyella (+1600.00), The Druids Nephew (+1600.00) and Gallant Oscar (+2000.00).

If you fancy an outsider, you may want to keep an eye on Ballycasey (50/1, +5000.00), Ballynagour (+5000.00), Black Thunder (+5000.00), Buywise (+5000.00), Godsmejudge (+5000.00), Mountainous (+5000.00), Perfect Candidate (+5000.00), or Rocky Creek (+5000.00). Altogether we should see about 40 runners and there are plenty of perfectly secure US online sportsbooks where you can place a bet on this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National.

Crabbie’s has been the official sponsor since August 2013 and this year’s Grand National will be the last one sponsored by Crabbie’s. It was announced in March 2016 that Randox Health will take over from Crabbie’s as the official partners of Aintree's three-day festival, the highlight which of course is the Grand National.

The Aintree Racetrack used for the Grand National is left-handed, turf surface track that measures 4 mi, 770 yd. (7.141 km). The longest priced winner in 42 years was Mon Mome in 2004 with a starting price of 100/1 (+10000.00). Mon Mome was ridden by Liam Treadwell (his first Grand National) and it was also the first victory for the horse’s trainer, Venetia Williams. In our next post on Kentucky Gaming we will take a look at what happened at the 2016 Grand National, so remember to check back with us regularly.