Grand National 2018 – Sat 14th April 2018 | 5.15pm
A notable event in British culture, the Grand National is hugely popular; even amongst the many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year. A 70,000 strong crowd will be at Aintree racecourse to cheer on the horses from the first fence to the final furlong, and it's estimated that 10 million people in the UK will watch the Randox Health sponsored Grand National on televison, not to mention the millions of more people around the world will follow the race to see which horse triumphs on the day!
The Grand National is run over the National Course at Aintree and consists of two laps of 16 fences, the first 14 of which are jumped twice. Horses completing the race cover a distance of 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km), which makes it the longest of any National Hunt race in Britain. It's famed for its unpredictable nature and rightly so, in the past century, five 100/1 shots have triumphed over the famous fences. However, according to recent trends and statistics, the Grand National is far less of a lottery than many people believe it to be; making it possible to predict which horse might finish first.
Most famously, in the 1970's, Red Rum broke all records to become the most successful racehorse in Grand National's history; he became, and remains, the only horse to have won the Grand National three times.
Whether you decide to follow the trends and stats or choose your horse based on its name, silk colour or the jockey riding it, find everything you need to know about this year's hopefuls at www.grandnational.fans
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