A Comprehensive Guide to the Grand National 2017
The most anticipated horse racing event in the UK is approaching fast, and as each day passes – the eager anticipation builds. It’s part of the parcel that many people will have had a flutter on the races and that ups the stakes for all those involved.
Millions of people will be tuning in to watch the Grand National, while many thousands of people will attend the races themselves to watch it in person. All the people who have taken a bet on the races will be hoping that their horses will come out top out of the 40 or so competitors out there and come out unscathed from the dozens of fences along the course.
So, here’s Everything you need to know about Grand Opening Day 2017 that will ensure that you have enough information to place your best bet:
Where is the race taking place?
This world-renowned steeplechase takes place at the Aintree Racecourse, which is found just outside Liverpool. The event has been held at Aintree for many years and the first race dates back to as early as 1839.
When does it take place?
The Grand National Opening Day is on Thursday the 6th of April, the Aintree Ladies Day is on the 7th of April and the Grand National Day (final) takes place on Saturday the 8th of April 2017.
What time is the first race?
The big race will be on at 5:15 on the 8th of April 2017.
Where can I watch it?
If you aren’t lucky enough to be attending the races themselves and aren’t popping down to the pub to watch it, then you can find it on ITV. This is first time that the channel will be showing the Grand National after they got the UK broadcasting rights in the bag.
Which horses are running?
This is one thing that we can’t tell you yet – as the final field hasn’t been decided. 110 horses have entered the competition and they will all fight for the 40 places in the final. The deciding races will be held on Thursday the 6th and Friday the 7th before the final takes place on the 8th.
Are there any favorites that I should be keeping my eye on?
Obviously it’s impossible to predict exactly who you should put your money (that would take all the fun out of it). However, there are a few clear favorites that you should keep your eye on BUT remember that these are bound to change and fluctuate over the next few weeks. There is also the chance of a surprise result that upsets the predicted outcome.
Here are current favorites and odds:
Vieux Lion Rouge 10/1
Definitly Red 14/1
One of Arthur 16/1
The Last Samuri 16/1
More Of That 20/1
As the Grand National approaches you should get your betting in on your choice, and remember that if you are attending the actual event that you mustn’t under any circumstances forget to wear your most fabulous outfit to fit the spectacular day.