Grand National Day is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. The date for Grand National Day 2017 is Saturday 8th April. It is a day that brings those that do not normally watch horse racing into the fold. Most have been drawn in by the history and legend of the Grand National race. 600 million people around the world are expected to watch the race, with millions having a bet. If you are lucky enough to make it to Aintree Racecourse for Grand National Day, you will be witness to some of the most heart-pounding action in horse racing. Racegoers can wear what they want to the racecourse, just bring your A-Game for those all-important betting selections! Before you place your bets for the Grand National, you can take a look at the key trends in the William Hill Grand National Betting Guide. You can also get betting tips for Grand National Day by listening to William Hill racing podcasts, or by using the Tip Advisor feature.
There are also six more glorious races to look forward to throughout the day. Indeed, the Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle, The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase and Mersey Novices’ Hurdle are top class races that would headline any festival. These are Grade 1 races, which have been won by the likes of Thistlecrack, Big Buck’s and Sprinter Sacre down the years. Moreover, Grand Opening Day is just one part of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. Grand Opening Day (6th April) and Ladies’ Day (7th April) each host seven more blockbuster races that offer incredible drama and excitement.
Of course, the Grand National Race itself takes centre stage. Runners and riders tackle 30 fences over a distance of 4 miles 3 and ½ furlongs. Some of the fences, like The Chair, are over 5ft and have become part of horse racing legend. The test is so tough, that even completing the race is seen as an achievement. The race has played host to some iconic moments down the years, including Red Rum’s third win in 1977 and Bob Champion’s emotional win in 1981. More recently, we were treated to the sight of Tony McCoy finally winning the great race in 2010, with the entire Aintree crowd exploding in joy when Don’t Push It crossed the line. Last year was also something of a classic. Few gave Rule The World and jockey David Mullins much chance, but they won a thrilling race to the delight of trainer Mouse Morris. The 2017 Grand National race will go off at 5.15pm and will be shown on RTE2. Runners for the Grand National 2017 are expected to include Vieux Lion Rouge, Blaklion, Ucello Conti, The Last Samuri and One For Arthur..
Don’t forget, there are seven races in total on Grand National Day. All of them can match the big one for excitement and drama. Grand National Day 2017 will start with the The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle at 1.40pm. Always a cracking race, it was won by Ubak in 2016. Next comes the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2.25pm) and Maghull Novices’ Chase (3pm). These two Grade 1 races saw wins for two superstars from the Willie Mullins stable in 2016 – Yorkhill and Douvan. They should be both back and heading the betting in the Grand National races in 2017.
Apart from the National, the possible highlight of the day comes at 4.20pm – The Liverpool Hurdle. This is one of the most prestigious hurdle races of the year and was won in 2016 by the mighty Thistlecrack. Injury has ruled out Colin Tizzard’s Thistlecrack for the rest of the season, but many tipsters think that Harry Fry’s Unowhatimeanharry could be primed for glory in the 2017 race. Indeed, a lot of pundits agree that Unowhatimeanharry has what it takes to join the likes of Thistlecrack and Solwhit as a winner of Liverpool Hurdle and World Hurdle in the same year.
You will find lots of ways to bet on the Grand National Day with William Hill online. We will be offering betting markets for all 21 races in the Grand National Festival, with plenty of brilliant Opening Day betting odds as standard. Discover the best UK and Ireland horse racing betting, the Grand National races, Cheltenham and more online at William Hill now.
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