Never a Dull Moment at the 2017 Grand National
Grand National Betting Never Fails to Set Records
On Saturday, 8 April 2017, the attention of the horseracing world will concentrate on Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse, where the annual Grand National race will take place. Grand National Day is the third day of the horseracing festival that begins on Thursday 6 April, known as Liverpool Day, continues on Friday (Ladies’ Day), and culminates on the incomparable Grand National Day.
The Grand National Race is known for its huge audience and record-breaking betting, the legendary course on which the race is run, and, of course, the awesome horses that compete for the crown. Ahead of this year’s Grand National, the young Minella Rocco is easily one of the favourites, after an impressive showing at Cheltenham, with Vieux Lion Rouge expected to be a contender, as well. Great ante post odds have also been given to Blaklion and Cause of Causes (among others), making this year’s Grand National more highly anticipated than usual.
Betting on the Grand National is always huge – with the pundits expecting that more than £100 million will be gambled on Saturday’s feature race alone. The atmosphere at Aintree is charged with excitement, and horseracing fans will flock to the track from across the globe. However, if you cannot get your hands on a ticket, despair not; it is easy and convenient to bet on the Grand National online and you can find outstanding Grand National odds at William Hill.
Great races are offered every day at Aintree during the Grand National festival. On the first day, racing fans can look forward to the Betfred Bowl, the Class 1 Aintree Hurdle, and the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase. Day 2 – Ladies’ Day – brings fashion, style, and eye-catching hats, but the horses take centre stage, with the Betfred Mildmay Novices, the Aintree Melling Chase, and the Topham Steeplechase. However, the highlight of the festival is undoubtedly Saturday’s Grand National, this year sponsored by Randox Health.
The Course: as Unpredictable as Ever
The remarkable Grand National race, initially run at Aintree in 1839, covers a daunting course that is 4 miles, 3½ furlongs long. Horses will run two circuits and face 16 fences; they jump each fence twice with the exception of the final two fences, which are by-passed in the second circuit. The infamous and sometimes dangerous fences include Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s Brook, and The Chair. Due to the challenging obstacles that the course presents to jockeys and steeds, the results of the Grand National are always hard to predict, and the ultimate winner often enters the race with deceptively long odds.
Between the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National race, the excitement starts to build toward what many fans consider the peak of the horse racing season. On Saturday 8 April, Aintree Racetrack is expected to deliver the same heart-stopping thrills that it has in the past, as horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, and fans gather for the one and only Grand National.