The 2017 Grand National will be run at 17.15pm on Saturday 8th April. The Randox Health, formerly known as Crabbie’s, Grand National is probably the world’s most famous horse race. It takes place in April each year at the Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England. It is an incredibly tough race, run over 4 miles and features some notoriously high fences such as Becher’s Brook and the Chair. There is usually a field of 40 runners and riders, with the race being open to seven year olds with a BHA rating of 120 or more. The Grand National is reported to be watched by over 600 million people worldwide, and is regarded as one of the biggest betting events of the year in the UK.
The 2016 Grand National was an enthralling race. 39 runners started the race, and as is testament to the tough course and distance, only 16 finished. The winner was Rule the World, ridden by David Mullins and trained by Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris. It was a first win for both trainer and jockey, and at odds of 33/1 put smiles on the faces of many punters. It was a mixed bag for joint favouites The Last Samuri (2nd) and Many Clouds (16th). The latter was the 2015 winner and was highly fancied to emulate the likes of Red Rum and Reynoldstown as a multiple Grand National winner.
The race itself was a slow burner, with the lead changing several times. Things started to heat up when The Last Samuri passed Many Clouds after the 26th fence. Rule the World blundered on the 27th, but came through on the home straight to pass The Last Samuri and win by a couple of lengths. The race throws up some intriguing possibilities for the 2017 Grand National with Rule the World, runner up The Last Samuri and 2015 winner Many Clouds all still young enough to be in contention next year and beyond.
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So what to expect from the 2017 Grand National? As ever, expect the unexpected! Alongside the stars of the 2016 race, there could be another run from Silviniaco Conti, who is a smart, gutsy type with the class to win the race. There is also the chance that double Irish Gold Cup winner, Carlingford Lough, could land the big one at Aintree. Perhaps, like Auroras Encore in 2013, the winner of the 2017 Grand National could be a surprise package with huge longs odds in the betting.
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