The 2017 Grand National will take place at
Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, at 5.15pm on Saturday 8th April and will feature a new sponsor this year. Randox Health – which has twenty-time champion jump jockey Sir Anthony (A.P.) McCoy as an ambassador – is taking over from Crabbies who provided £1m in total prize money in 2016 when the race was won by Rule The World. As well as a new sponsor, the 2017 Grand National will also have a new broadcaster due to ITV taking over the rights for showing the race on terrestrial television. The race attracted a peak viewing figure of over 10 million in the UK alone in 2016.
The racing at Aintree begins on Thursday – otherwise known as Grand Opening Day – while Friday is
Ladies Day. Up to 40 horses line up in the Grand National on Saturday, a race which has seen a number of upsets since it was first run in 1839, when aptly won by a horse called Lottery. As recently as 2009, Mon Mome landed odds of 100/1, the same price as Foinavon who, in 1967, benefitted after the rest of the field fell, refused or were hampered or brought down in a mêlée at the 23rd fence. Since 1984, that obstacle has been known as the Foinavon jump one of 30 Fences that the horses must successfully navigate over the Grand National race distance of four miles and 514 yards.
Whether you back a horse because of its
Grand National odds, the colour of the jockey’s silks, or because of the horse’s name, everyone has a chance of betting on the winner of the historic race. Look around these pages to get the lowdown on the Grand National Runners and riders, to get Grand National Free Bets, or to get the best Timeform Grand National Tips and Latest News ahead of the 2017 Grand National. You can also to find out where to buy Grand National tickets, how to get to Aintree racecourse and the best places in Liverpool to stay.
Which horse will win the 2017 Grand National? Check out the Timeform Runner Guide
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