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The 2018 Grand National

2018 Grand NationalIn the world of horseracing, the Grand National is one of the biggest in the world and a highlight of the racing calendar. For those who are new to the event, the Grand National is an annual handicap steeplechase held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Officially, it is the richest jump race in Europe with a whopping £1 million in prize money handed out in 2017. Like the Melbourne Cup in Australia, this event is imbedded into the British culture to the extent that even the non-betting public will take a punt on the day.

The first Grand National took place at Aintree in Liverpool, England back in 1836 and won by The Duke. The same horse went on to win in 1837 before Sir William took the honours in 1838. The running continued every year at Aintree until 1916 when the racecourse was used as a war office in the First World War. From 1919 it returned to Aintree where it gained momentum but had to be put on hold between 1941 to 1945 due to the Second Word War.

Race Details

Since then it has enjoyed uninterrupted running and has become a day of national celebration. The race itself consist of 2 laps of 16 fences. In total, the horses run over a distance of 4 miles and 514 yards, making it the longest National Hunt event in Britain. While the final field of 40 is yet to be determined, over 100 horses enter each year. Last year, 110 horses were put forward for the prestigious run.

The Fences of Aintree are not as perilous as some of the other National Hunt tracks, but there are a few famous fences to look out for. These include the Chair, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s Brook, Foinavon and Becher’s Brook. The race also includes a handicap system that is designed to make the event as competitive as possible. Each horse is given an OR (official rating) which determines how much weight it will carry. The better horses carry the most weight while the less experienced horses carry less weight.

Grand National Betting Opportunities

Last year, One for Arthur become the second Scottish runner to win, beating out Cause of Causes and Saint Are. This year, it will be run on Saturday the 14th of April.

A total of 21 races will take place throughout the day including the showpiece that will get underway at 5:15pm local time. The event provides punters with plenty of betting opportunities including placing bets, win bets, doubles, trebles, and outright bets. To get in on the action, check out top betting sites that offer competitive odds, such as Paddy Power, Winner Sports, 888 Sport, and Titan Bet.