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Grand National Key Trends

Key Trends in The Aintree Grand National

Saturday 8th April

Key Trends in The Aintree Grand National

The Grand National is generally regarded as one of the toughest horse races in the world. Even just finishing the 4 miles, 3 and a half furlongs circuit at Aintree Racecourse is considered a feat. So if it is so tough the question begs - how do you go about winning the thing? Looking at key factors and trends it is possible to come up with a checklist of what it takes to win, and more importantly which horses you should be betting on. The first factor that becomes apparent is age; the last three ‘Nationals’ have been won by 11 year olds. In fact, 80% of the last 25 winners were aged ten or over, when you couple this with the fact that no ‘teenager’ has been placed in the race in over 50 years we can see a pattern. Put simply, bets should be put on horses that are no younger than nine, and no older than twelve.

So what else is there to look out for? Weight plays an important factor in all horse races so it should be noted that only three horses (“Hedgehunter”, “Don’t Push it” and “Neptune Collonges”) in the last 33 years have won carrying more than 11 stone. In modern times only the great “Red Rum” has ever won carrying more than 11 stone 5lbs. A general rule of thumb should be to not back a horse that is carrying 14lbs more than bottom weight.

Grandnational Key Trends





Desirable Criteria and Facts

Over 8

Carrying no more than 11 stone

Aintree experience

Irish or French bred


Under 13

No more than 14lbs over bottom weight

Previously placed

Check trainer Grand National record


Preferably 10/11 year old horse

Officially at least 5lb well in

Win over 3 miles

Jockey has been placed before


No 7 year old placed for over forty years

Only three horse to win carry 11 stone + in last 33 years

Previous experience in other Nationals

Big odds are not a factor, 25-1 + has won 5 of last 8


No teenager has placed for over forty years

Only Red Rum won carrying more than 11 stone 5lbs

Placed in other Nationals (Welsh, Irish etc.)

Rated 143 or higher (Ideally 148)


Last 3 winners were 11 year olds


Only 1 Cheltenham winner has won in same season

Previously won a graded or listed chase


Run in at least 10 chases, winning at least 3

23 of last 24 winners ran between 3-6 times earlier in the season


Finished in top 3 in last completed start

No Irish trained winner since 2007, Irish previously dominant 6 wins 1999-2007

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Everyone knows that jockeys and trainers play a big role in the outcome of race, if you are racing a Ferrari you want Michael Schumacher in the driving seat and the best team behind the controls. Top trainers like Nicky Henderson have never won the Grand National despite 37 attempts. Others have has more success, J P McManus has secured 7 places in the last 11 Nationals. Jockey Paul Maloney has been placed 6 times in the last 6 Nationals. This is all worth noting, some jockeys ‘like’ Aintree they are comfortable in the long distance race. It also follows that some trainers’ styles may not be suited to the Aintree. Looking at the records of both trainers and jockeys is definitely a smart move before betting on The Grand National.

Experience too is key to unlocking a win at Aintree. Unlike many races The Grand National has entrants who enter year after year. Greats like “Red Rum” (3 wins 2 places) succeeded in the race multiple times. Look to other ‘Nationals’ (Welsh, Irish etc) to see how horses fare over the long distance, 12 out of the last 18 winners had won or been placed in another ‘National’. Course knowledge is also important as more than half of the last 14 winners had experienced the fences at Aintree before, 5 of whom had ran the National the previous year. It is always good to look at which trainers and jockeys are having recent success at Aintree. The Grand National is held on Day 3 of The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, Day 1 (Opening Day) and Day 2 (Ladies’ Day) can be good markers for ‘National’ success.

The National is a gruelling test of stamina for every horse, so looking at those who have had success in longer distance races is advisable. For example, every one of the last 43 winners had previously won races at over three miles. You can get invaluable information on all the runners and riders in the Grand National by visiting William Hill.

The 2017 Grand National is fast approaching and for some great early prices check out William Hill. William Hill has been covering the Grand National horse race for decades, so it is no wonder that so many decide to place their bets with us. Check out our Grand National Home Page to get all the latest betting news, results and promotions. William Hill is the number one choice for betting on The Grand National.

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