The Aintree Grand National is much of the history of England sports as the Queen is to England. The Grand National has been ran since its first race in 1839 making the Grand National one the oldest and most famous horse races in the world.
The Grand National was founded by William Lynn, a syndicate head and proprietor of the Waterloo Hotel on land he leased in Aintree from the 2nd Earl of Sefton. The Grand National was ran out of this location until the mid 1860’s when it was moved to a more permanent home base of where he national is now.
Where to bet on the Grand National
The most famous and best bookmaker to bet on the Grand National is bet365
What makes betting on the Grand National is the sheer number of horses taking part, on top of the fences the horses have to clear. This means you can see bets from 3/1 all the way up to and sometimes over 250/1 giving you as the gambler a great choice to win some big money. Unlike the other races the Grand National places can be won by a variety of horses and some of the least likely contenders. View our latest list of Grand National Winners
The most famous racehorse to date to take part in the Grand National is Red Rum who made his way to become a legend of the racetrack by winning the national a record breaking three times, in 1973, 1974 and 1977. No other horse before or after has been close to winning and taking part in the Grand National as many times as Red Rum did.
The Grand National is normally ran on the first Saturday of April, and here we take a look at the Grand National race course along with the famous fences the horses in the Grand National need to clear.
Famous Fences to Clear on the Grand National
What sets the Grand National apart from any traditional famous race is that the horses have to clear many obstacles in the form of fences.
A. Open Stretch – five fences to clear in an open run. Horses tend to bunch up over the fences causing many hazards.
B. Becher’s Brook – infamous 6th fence for claiming many riders and horses and resulting in taking them out of the race. The angle and ditch add to the complexity of this fence.
C. Foinavon – 7th fence is very close to the 6th fence not giving much time for riders and the horse to recover after clearing Becher’s Brook,
D. Canal Turn – The Canal Turn is so named because the course turns a full 90 degrees on landing and has a canal in front of them on the landing side of the fence. This decides on the winner of the race and who continues.
E. Valentine’s Brook to the Melling Road – Valentine’s Brook precedes one of two open-ditched fences and the Melling Road, but this is mainly a time for regrouping and taking stock of which rivals are intact.
F – The Chair to the Finish – The final two jumps of the circuit form the only pair negotiated just once – and they could not be more different.
Good luck on your Grand National Bet!