First run in 1839, the Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually in early April at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. The race is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of around four miles and two and a half furlongs. Over the course of the race, the horses need to clear 30 fences over two laps.
Grand National 2022 Stats
|Date||Saturday, 9 April 2022|
|Race Distance||Four miles and two and a half furlongs|
|Number of Jumps||30|
|Race Type||Handicap Steeplechase|
|Horses’ Minimum Age||Seven years old and over|
2022 Grand National Betting Odds
|Any Second Now||17/2|
|Run Wild Fred||18/1|
|Good Boy Bobby||25/1|
|School Boy Hours||33/1|
|De Rasher Counter||33/1|
|Two For Gold||40/1|
|Top Ville Ben||66/1|
|Domaine De LIsle||80/1|
|Romain De Senam||80/1|
|Lord Du Mesnil||100/1|
2022 Grand National Betting Tips
2021 winner Minella Times was first last year with 10st 3lbs on his back but Rachael Blackmore’s mount will this year carry the top weight of 11st 10lbs. This means that he will need to put in the best weight carrying performance since 1974 when Red Rum won his second National carrying 12st. While Blackmore’s chances of successfully securing a double are to be respected, we like the look of the Gordon Elliot trained Delta Work.
He won the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival when beating the Aintree legend and two time National winner Tiger Roll into second. In doing so, the nine year old proved his versatility as those unique Gloucestershire fences require an extremely nimble and flexible runner to negotiate them. He has also won a Pertemps Hurdle and was fifth in a Gold Cup, so he has got a lot more about him form wise than plenty of the other runners this coming Saturday. True, he hasn’t taken on the challenging fences at Aintree yet but that didn’t stop Tiger Roll who won on his first run on the Merseyside track proving that it can be done.
The favourite at the point of writing is Snow Leopardess who has returned to racing after giving birth and is who owned by the famous Fox-Pitt family. She can be backed at 7/1, while for a more outside punt Blaklion, sixth last year, has another year of experience under his belt and has a decent chance at massive odds.
All About The Grand National
One of the biggest days in racing over the Irish sea, the English Grand National normally takes place annually on the first Saturday in April. The race, said to be the ultimate test of horse and rider, is a handicap steeplechase and is run at Aintree in Liverpool, lasting for four miles and two and a half furlongs.
During the two lap run there are 30 hurdles for the horses to clear. With a prize fund of £1 million, this is the most valuable jump race in Europe. Featuring much tougher hurdles than other National Hunt tracks, the course over which the race is run features world famous fences such as Becher’s Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn.
A History Of The Grand National
The Grand National’s disputed first running was in 1836 and was won by The Duke, who won again the following year. The Duke was ridden by Martin Becher and the fence Becher’s Brook is named after him and is situated at the exact point where he fell in the race.
When the clashing Great St. Albans Chase was not renewed after its run in 1938, it left behind a major void in the horse racing schedule which, when a rail network link was established between Liverpool and London for the first time, led to a more highly publicised race in 1839 which some identify as its inaugural run.
Over the years, the race continued to attract a larger field of top quality horses and riders which in turn led to greater press coverage and larger crowds. The 1839 race was won by Lottery ridden by Jem Mason.
Former Winners of Grand National
|2021||2021||Minella Times||8||10-03||Rachael Blackmore||Henry de Bromhead||J. P. McManus|
|2020||2020||Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic|
|2019||2019||Tiger Roll||9||11-05||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||Gigginstown House Stud|
|2018||2018||Tiger Roll||8||10–13||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||Gigginstown House Stud|
|2017||2017||One For Arthur||8||10–11||Derek Fox||Lucinda Russell||Two Golf Widows|
|2016||2016||Rule The World||9||10-07||David Mullins||Mouse Morris||Gigginstown House Stud|
|2015||2015||Many Clouds||8||11-09||Leighton Aspell||Oliver Sherwood||Trevor Hemmings|
|2014||2014||Pineau de Re||11||10-06||Leighton Aspell||Richard Newland||John Proven|
|2013||2013||Auroras Encore||11||10-03||Ryan Mania||Sue Smith||Douglas Pryde, Jim Beaumont & David P van der Hoeven|
|2012||2012||Neptune Collonges||11||11-06||Daryl Jacob||Paul Nicholls||John Hales|
Grand National Records
- The race’s most successful ever horse is famously Red Rum who won the event three times in the 1970s.
- George Stevens has ridden five winners in the Grand National making him the race’s most successful ever jockey.
- In 1990, Mr Frisk posted the fastest ever winning time in the race when he came home first in 8:47.80.
- Although he never won the race, Richard Johnson has competed in the Grand National a record 21 times.
- In 1928, only two horses finished the race.
Grand National Betting FAQs
Who is the favourite to win the Grand National?
This could change but right now it is Snow Leopardess.
Which channel broadcasts the Grand National?
In Ireland, viewers looking to watch the race can do so on Virgin Media One.
What is the distance of the Grand National?
The distance for this race is a gruelling four miles and two and a half furlongs.
Is this a right handed track or a left handed track?
The course at Aintree is ridden left handed.
Are winning favourites common or rare in the Grand National?
No, winning favourites do happen but are not common.