The Grand National – A Tale to Tell
No doubt there’ll be more than a tale or two to tell before the end of this year’s Grand National. Held at Aintree, in Liverpool, each year thousands of spectators gather for the three day event. The focus race, the 1-million pound Randox Health Grand National, takes place on the Saturday following three exhilarating days of race action.
The Grand National race itself has this year received over 105 entries for the iconic world renowned steeplechase. For 2018, the race is scheduled to take place at the later time of 5.15pm on Saturday 14th April, making it the penultimate race in this year’s calendar. For those who Bet On Grand National Free Bets 2018 can be accessed for tips, offers and odds. A total for 40 horses will run over 16 fences; the lap is ran twice, horses jumping over 14 of the fence a second time.
Last year’s Grand National winner, One for Arthur, is not running in the race due to injury making the Nigel Twiston-Davies’, Blacklion, the ante-post favourite so far. Finishing fourth in the race last year, Blacklion is set to miss out on his run at Cheltenham to favour a prep run at Aintree.
Definitly Red will run again this year and is a predicted favourite after his win at The Cotswolds Chase and Cheltenham, however the horse has been known to blow a little hot and cold with wins.
Irish runner, The Last Samuri, is another Aintree favourite for 2018 following his successful run at Cheltenham last weekend, finishing fourth behind Definitly Red. The Kim Bailey trained horse was Grand National runner up in 2016, finishing behind Rule the World.
Trainer, Nicky Henderson, is yet to have a horse win the race despite considerable successes over the years including races at the very same Festival. This year, the trainer will present Gold Present, Vyta Du Roc and O O Seven.
Grand National Thursday – A Day for Champions
Originally known as the Grand Opening Day, Grand National Thursday is remarked upon as one of the best jump racing days in the UK calendar due the four grade one races that take place that day.
One of the most important races of Grand National Thursday is the Grade 1 Betway Aintree Hurdle. Attracting runners from the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, the race is set for the the more experienced hurdlers at 4 furlongs with a total of 11 hurdles to be jumped. The total prize fund of £250,000.00 is up a total of £50,000.00 from 2017.
The 2017 Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle winner, Buveur d’Air, trained by Nicky Henderson will be back this year to defend the title. Unbeaten so far this season, the horse also won the the Top Novices’ Hurdle at this event last year, The New One, another ante-post favourite and posed leading rival for Buveur, last won this race in 2014.
My Tent Or Yours, the 2017 runner up for the Aintree Hurdle, will be back after another thrilling chase behind Buveur earlier on in the season, but the longer track will test this horse who does runs better over a shorter distance.
The New One, who last won the Aintree Hurdle in 2014 is third favourite in the Ante-post stakes so far.
Altogether, the three days of racing action at Aintree for 2018 looks set to be as exhilarating as ever for horses, jockeys, race goers and spectators alike.