The Grand National is the biggest horse racing event of the year, which is held annually at Aintree Race Course as part of a three-day meeting in April. It is the richest horse race in Britain with a prize pool of around £1 million.
This means that the Grand National is the most popular race to bet on during the year. It’s not just the diehard horse racing fanatic that takes an interest in betting on this race. With the rest of the country stopping for the race, even people who are less familiar with betting on horses try and pick a winner. Not only is the race popular in Britain, it attracts a global audience of more than 600 million viewers each and every year.
There are normally 40 horses that feature in the world’s most famous and prestigious horse race. These horses compete in a long distance steeplechase with 175 years of history behind it.
The Aintree racecourse is renowned for being one of the most demanding of courses with over 4 miles of track to run and 30 fences to jump with famous obstacles such as Becher’s Brook. With the track being so long, the competing horses need to have good stamina in addition to being good jumpers if they are to have any chance of winning this unique horse race.
Without question one of the most famous winners of the Grand National was Red Rum. This horse won the race in 1973, 1974, and again in 1977. It remains the only horse to have won three Grand Nationals.
For the 2014 Aintree Grand National horse race, the winner was Pineau De Re which had odds of 25 to 1. This horse was riden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Dr Richard Newland.