The countdown to the 2019 Grand National has begun and we take a look at this year’s race
Hard to believe perhaps but the 2019 Grand National Festival is just a little over ten weeks away, the most popular jumps race in the UK almost sold out with tens of thousands set to descend upon the famous Aintree Racecourse in early April.
What is the Grand National?
The Grand National is without a doubt one of the most famous horse races in the world, watched my millions around the globe and attended by around 150,000 over the course of the three day festival. The big race sees 40 runners tackle some very daunting obstacles over a distance of four and a half miles and we can expect a few surprises along the way as some of the favourites bow out in the early stages and a few unfancied horses close in on glory.
When is the Grand National?
The big race takes place on Saturday April 6th 2019 at 5:15pm, however the three day festival starts on Thursday 4th April with Ladies Day on the Friday.
Where is the Grand National Staged?
The meeting is held at Aintree Racecourse which is situated just a little to the north of Liverpool. This venue has hosted the event since its inauguration in 1838.
What TV Channel is the Grand National being shown on?
For the third time, ITV will be providing full coverage of the 2019 Grand National with Ed Chamberlain the presenter, a popular figure amongst football fans.
Which horses will be taking part?
The final field is yet to be decided upon and won’t be finalised until a few days prior to the big race. Each horse will be assigned a weight which will be given by the British Horse Racing Authority Head of Handicapping next month (February), however the field will once again be restricted to forty horses.
What are the latest odds?
Given that the final field has yet to be selected, bookies are offering ‘ante post’ odds. This means that you won’t get any money back should your chosen horse not actually enter the race for whatever reason, however you can often get heftier prices by going ante post with the added risk that this entails.
Here are some of the Ante Post odds for the 2019 Grand National (correct as of 21.01.19). Ladbrokes Odds
16/1 – Tiger Roll (2018 winner)
16/1 – Native River
20/1 – Elegant Escape
20/1 – Pleasant Company
25/1 – Vintage Clouds
25/1 – Bellshill
25/1 – General Principle
25/1 – Rock The Kasbah
25/1 – Definitly Red
25/1 – One For Arthur (2017 winner)
What are the biggest (and most testing) fences?
Some changes have been made to the famous Aintree fences over the years but they are still daunting and notorious obstacles.
The 6th and 22nd fence on the circuits isn’t the biggest at Aintree, however the difficulty comes from the fact that the landing side is lower than the take off by some ten inches. The fence is named after Captain Martin Becher who was a jockey who fell off his mount at this point and hid in the brook thus avoiding injury.
This is a part of the race which has caused plenty of problems over the years, this particular obstacle named after a sharp turn to the left which comes straight after the five foot obstacle.
One of the Grand National’s smaller fences but one which forced a pile-up in the 1967 race, thus allowing 100/1 shot Foinavon to romp home to a famous victory
This is the tallest fence on the racecourse at a height of five foot three inches
Are there any tickets left for the 2019 Grand National?
Most of the terrace and seated areas have now sold out, however there remains availability in the Steeplechase enclosure and the Festival Zone