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The Grand National: All You Need To Know About The Aintree Showpiece Ahead Of Saturday's Race

Thursday 4th April 2019
40 horses will line up for the 2019 Grand National at Aintree on Saturday
40 horses will line up for the 2019 Grand National at Aintree on Saturday

First run in 1839, the Grand National has become one of the highlights on the British sporting calendar, as 40 horses do battle over 4m 2f 74y and jump 30 fences around Aintree racecourse, with only the toughest coming out on top.

With £500,000 up for grabs for the winner of the Merseyside marathon, then it's no surprise to see some of the best horses in training lining up in the most valuable handicap prize on the National Hunt calendar.  

George Dockeray's Lottery was the inaugural winner of the Grand National and down the years there have been some memorable renewals of the race with the world famous Devon Loch's failure to win the race when out in front in the 1956 Grand National one of the standout moments.  Owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Devon Loch was leading up the run-in, only to slip and fail to maintain the lead and gifted victory to E.S.B.

In 1967, Foinavon was a shock 100/1 winner of the race, as at the 23rd fence a plethora of horses piled up in a melee, and it was Foinavon, who was miles behind the field managed to scythe through the carnage and jump the fence and storm to victory, and Aintree has now commemorated his shock win by naming the fence that created that bedlam after the John Kempton-trained runner.

However, the most famous winner of the race was the Donald McCain-trained Red Rum, who stormed to Grand National glory in 1973.  In sensational scenes, 'Rummy' returned 12 months later to retain the coveted race, while in 1977 the legendary staying chaser picked up a third victory in the race.

During his career, Red Rum also finished second on two occasions, so will always be a horse synonymous with the race and in the 2019 Grand National at Aintree on Saturday afternoon, Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll will attempt to emulate Red Rum by winning back-to-back Grand Nationals.

More recently, there have been some memorable renewals with Kim Bailey's Mr Frisk setting a new course record for the race in 1990, while in 2010 the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Don't Push It handed multiple champion jockey AP McCoy his first win in the race after a multitude of attempts trying to win the race.

Some may argue that the current race isn't the test it once was, with safety measures and smaller fences providing a slightly easier task, but the 2019 Grand National will still provide a magnificent spectacle and it's still the toughest race to win for horses, jockeys and trainers, so enjoy watching Saturday's contest, which is set to be an absolute corker.

Tiger Roll will be a warm order for Saturday's race, but the likes of Rathvinden, Anibale Fly and Lake View Lad will be notable rivals in a race that oozes quality throughout.

Grand National Odds

2019 Grand National Odds

Tiger Roll D N Russell / G Elliott 7/2 4 7/2 4 4 7/2 9/2
Rathvinden R Walsh / W P Mullins 8 10 10 10 10 8 10
Anibale Fly B J Geraghty / A J Martin 12 14 10 12 14 12 12
Vintage Clouds Danny Cook / Mrs S J Smith 11 12 12 12 12 11 12
Lake View Lad Henry Brooke / N W Alexander 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Joe Farrell Adam Wedge / Miss R Curtis 16 18 20 12 14 16 16
Rock The Kasbah R Johnson / P J Hobbs 16 16 20 16 20 16 16
Pleasant Company P Townend / W P Mullins 16 18 20 16 20 16 16
Jury Duty R M Power / G Elliott 16 22 20 20 20 16 18
Mall Dini 20 - 20 20 20 20 20
Step Back Nico de Boinville / M Bradstock 25 25 20 20 25 25 20
One For Arthur D R Fox / Miss Lucinda V Russell 25 22 25 25 25 25 22
Ramses De Teillee David Noonan / D Pipe 25 25 25 20 20 25 22
Walk In The Mill James Best / R Walford 25 28 25 25 25 25 25
Minella Rocco R P McLernon / Jonjo O'Neill 25 40 25 33 40 25 33
Up For Review D E Mullins / W P Mullins 25 40 25 33 40 25 33
General Principle Mr J J Slevin / G Elliott 40 40 25 33 33 40 28
Dounikos J W Kennedy / G Elliott 33 40 33 33 33 33 28
Ballyoptic Thomas Bellamy / N A Twiston-Davies 28 40 33 33 33 28 33
Noble Endeavor M A Enright / G Elliott 28 50 33 33 33 28 40
Vieux Lion Rouge T Scudamore / D Pipe 33 50 40 40 50 33 40
The Young Master 33 50 33 40 40 33 40
Go Conquer Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies 33 50 40 40 50 33 40
Captain Redbeard Sam Coltherd / W Coltherd 50 50 50 50 66 50 50
Folsom Blue L P Dempsey / G Elliott 50 66 40 50 50 50 50
Valtor D A Jacob / N J Henderson 50 50 33 50 66 50 66
Isleofhopendreams 40 50 50 50 50 40 40
Warriors Tale Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 50 66 40 50 66 50 50
Monbeg Notorious Sean Bowen / G Elliott 40 66 66 50 50 40 40
Ultragold T J O'Brien / C L Tizzard 50 66 66 66 66 50 50
Singlefarmpayment P J Brennan / T R George 40 66 50 66 66 40 50
Valseur Lido Rachael Blackmore / H de Bromhead 66 66 66 40 66 66 40
Regal Encore M P Walsh / A J Honeyball 66 66 66 66 66 66 50
Mala Beach Mr J J Codd / G Elliott 50 80 66 50 66 50 50
A Toi Phil D F O'Regan / G Elliott 50 80 50 66 80 50 66
Tea For Two Lizzie Kelly / Mrs J Williams 40 66 80 66 80 40 50
Don Poli Mr P W Mullins / P A Kirby 66 100 80 66 66 66 66
Livelovelaugh D J Mullins / W P Mullins 66 66 50 66 80 66 66
Magic Of Light P D Kennedy / Mrs J Harrington 50 80 66 66 80 50 66
Bless The Wings R T Dunne / G Elliott 66 100 100 66 66 66 80
Outlander Mr J C Bowen / Richard Spencer 100 100 80 66 100 100 66
Blow By Blow A Ring / G Elliott 66 100 100 100 100 66 100
Just A Par Aidan Coleman / James Moffatt 66 100 100 100 100 66 80
Exitas 100 66 100 100 100 100 100
Each Way Terms 6
1/5
6
1/5
- 6
1/5
6
1/5
6
1/5
6
1/5

2019 Grand National Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Tiger Roll D N Russell / G Elliott
9/2
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9/2
4
4
4
7/2
7/2
2. Rathvinden R Walsh / W P Mullins
10
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10
10
10
10
10
8
8
3. Anibale Fly B J Geraghty / A J Martin
14
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14
14
12
12
12
12
10
4. Vintage Clouds Danny Cook / Mrs S J Smith
12
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12
12
12
12
12
11
11
5. Lake View Lad Henry Brooke / N W Alexander
14
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14
14
14
14
14
14
14
6. Joe Farrell Adam Wedge / Miss R Curtis
20
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20
18
16
16
16
14
12
7. Rock The Kasbah R Johnson / P J Hobbs
20
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20
20
16
16
16
16
16
8. Pleasant Company P Townend / W P Mullins
20
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20
20
18
16
16
16
16
9. Jury Duty R M Power / G Elliott
22
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22
20
20
20
18
16
16
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20
20
20
20
20
20
11. Step Back Nico de Boinville / M Bradstock
25
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25
25
25
25
20
20
20
12. One For Arthur D R Fox / Miss Lucinda V Russell
25
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25
25
25
25
25
22
22
13. Ramses De Teillee David Noonan / D Pipe
25
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25
25
25
25
22
20
20
14. Walk In The Mill James Best / R Walford
28
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28
25
25
25
25
25
25
15. Minella Rocco R P McLernon / Jonjo O'Neill
40
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40
40
33
33
25
25
25
16. Up For Review D E Mullins / W P Mullins
40
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40
40
33
33
25
25
25
17. General Principle Mr J J Slevin / G Elliott
40
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40
40
40
33
33
28
25
18. Dounikos J W Kennedy / G Elliott
40
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40
33
33
33
33
33
28
19. Ballyoptic Thomas Bellamy / N A Twiston-Davies
40
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40
33
33
33
33
28
28
20. Noble Endeavor M A Enright / G Elliott
50
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50
40
33
33
33
28
28
21. Vieux Lion Rouge T Scudamore / D Pipe
50
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50
50
40
40
40
33
33
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50
40
40
40
33
33
33
23. Go Conquer Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies
50
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50
50
40
40
40
33
33
24. Captain Redbeard Sam Coltherd / W Coltherd
66
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66
50
50
50
50
50
50
25. Folsom Blue L P Dempsey / G Elliott
66
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66
50
50
50
50
50
40
26. Valtor D A Jacob / N J Henderson
66
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66
66
50
50
50
50
33
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