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The Grand National is a horse racing event, run in the UK since 1839. It has gone on to become arguably the best known race in the world, so it’s little surprise to see Grand National betting offers in the build up to the race.
With the Grand National 2020 cancelled due to the coronavirus, and last year’s race held without a crowd, the excitement levels will be at fever pitch, when Grand National 2023 comes around on Saturday 15th April. UK bookmakers have their busiest day of the year, as bettors decide which of the 40 Grand National runners 2023 will come out on top. The race is the pinnacle of the three-day festival that starts on 13th April, and is followed by Ladies’ Day on 14th April 2023.
On Saturday 15th April 2023, at 5.15pm, 40 horses will start their trek over 4 miles 514 yards, jumping 30 fences over two laps – we can see why it has been called “the ultimate test of horse and rider”. Each year there are many different favourites, but the outcome of the race often remains highly unpredictable. Every time, many horses fall and don’t make it till the end.
The Grand National is prominent in British culture. Thanks to its long and rich tradition, it’s popular among the public who usually don’t follow nor bet on horse races. It is estimated that around 8.5 million people from the UK watch the race, and 600 million people worldwide.
Winner of 2018 and 2019 was Tiger Roll ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliot. It was decided not to enter him in 2021 though, and so the race was eventually won by Rachael Blackmore’s mount, Minella Times.
When it comes to successive victories, we must mention Red Rum who entered the history books with his three triumphs during the 70s. Until now, this horse is the only one to have won the race three times, in 1973, 1974, and 1977. He finished 2nd in 1975 and 1976. Now you can see why Red Rum is one of the most memorable Grand National winners of all time.
There are some other horses who earned themselves a place in the record books. For example, a horse named Manifesto is the horse that appeared the most in Grand Nationals. He appeared eight times between 1895 and 1904, and he finished twice as a winner.
Bruce Hobbs holds a record for the youngest winning jockey. At the age of 17, he won the Grand National in 1939 with Battleship, the smallest horse ever to win. On the other hand, Dick Saunders, aged 48 in 1982 is the oldest successful participant who managed to finish the race as a winner. It was his first and only Grand National race.
Jenny Pitman was the first woman to train a Grand National winning horse. In 1983 her horse Corbiere won the race at Aintree, and in 1995 Royal Athlete finished in top spot. Rachael Blackmore made history at the 2021 Grand National, when she rode Minella Times to victory, so becoming the first Grand National winning female jockey.
Even though 1839 is the official year of the beginning of the event, there is a debate between certain historians. Some of them claim that the first Grand National was held in 1836 and that it was won by a horse named The Duke. The Duke won again in 1837, while Sir William won the race in 1838.
However, their official status was later revoked, leaving the first official Grand National race as 1839, with the aptly named Lottery coming home as the winner.
When it comes to the Grand National betting offers, the choice is extensive. After all, this is the biggest betting horse race on the planet.
With an array of bookmakers, it’s easy to find suitable Grand National betting offers even in the ante-post markets. The most famous sportsbooks in the industry always provide some special promotions for the event. Don’t forget to look around and check the offers of different bookmakers. Some of them include even special Grand National Free Bets.
In order to clarify details about the Grand National betting offers, take a look at our FAQ section.
In order to place a bet on Grand National, visit some of the biggest UK bookmakers and find the best possible odds. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for some promotional offers like Grand National free bets, for example.
Once you’ve placed your bets, you can watch the Grand National on ITV. The ITV website and ITV player app will be streaming the race too, so you can watch it on the go. You can also watch Grand National 2023 live at your online sportsbook.
The next Grand National will be held on Saturday 15th April 2023.
Like always, the final participants will be selected and announced just a few days before the race. However, you can find Grand National betting offers on possible entrants way before the final 40 participants are revealed.
Some of 2023’s favourites are:
The 2022 Grand National winning horse was Noble Yeats. He finished ahead of Any Second Now, and the two are the ante-post favourites for 2023 as well.