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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 7/2 4 7/2 4 4 7/2 9/2 4
Rathvinden 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Anibale Fly 12 14 10 12 14 12 12 12
Vintage Clouds 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Lake View Lad 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Joe Farrell 16 18 20 12 14 14 16 12
Rock The Kasbah 16 16 20 16 20 20 16 16
Pleasant Company 16 18 20 16 20 16 16 16
Jury Duty 16 22 20 20 20 20 18 20
Mall Dini 20 - 20 20 20 20 20 20
Step Back 25 25 20 20 25 20 20 20
One For Arthur 25 22 25 25 25 25 22 25
Ramses De Teillee 25 25 25 20 20 25 22 20
Walk In The Mill 25 28 25 25 25 25 25 25
Minella Rocco 25 40 25 33 40 25 33 33
Up For Review 25 40 25 33 40 33 33 33
General Principle 40 40 25 33 33 33 28 33
Dounikos 33 40 33 33 33 33 28 33
Ballyoptic 28 40 33 33 33 33 33 33
Noble Endeavor 28 50 33 33 33 33 40 33
Vieux Lion Rouge 33 50 40 40 50 40 40 40
The Young Master 33 50 33 40 40 40 40 40
Go Conquer 33 50 40 40 50 50 40 40
Captain Redbeard 50 50 50 50 66 50 50 50
Folsom Blue 50 66 40 50 50 50 50 50
Valtor 50 50 33 50 66 40 66 50
Isleofhopendreams 40 50 50 50 50 50 40 50
Warriors Tale 50 66 40 50 66 50 50 50
Monbeg Notorious 40 66 66 50 50 50 40 50
Ultragold 50 66 66 66 66 66 50 66
Singlefarmpayment 40 66 50 66 66 50 50 66
Valseur Lido 66 66 66 40 66 50 40 40
Regal Encore 66 66 66 66 66 66 50 66
Mala Beach 50 80 66 50 66 66 50 50
A Toi Phil 50 80 50 66 80 50 66 66
Tea For Two 40 66 80 66 80 66 50 66
Don Poli 66 100 80 66 66 80 66 66
Livelovelaugh 66 66 50 66 80 66 66 66
Magic Of Light 50 80 66 66 80 66 66 66
Bless The Wings 66 100 100 66 66 100 80 66
Outlander 100 100 80 66 100 66 66 66
Blow By Blow 66 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Just A Par 66 100 100 100 100 100 80 100
Exitas 100 66 100 100 100 100 100 100
Each Way Terms 6
1/5
6
1/5
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1/5
6
1/5
6
1/5
6
1/5
6
1/5

2019 Grand National Odds

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9/2
4
4
4
4
7/2
7/2
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10
10
10
10
10
10
10
8
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14
14
12
12
12
12
12
10
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12
12
12
12
12
12
12
11
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14
14
14
14
14
14
14
14
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20
18
16
16
14
14
12
12
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20
20
20
16
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16
16
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20
20
18
16
16
16
16
16
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22
20
20
20
20
20
18
16
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20
20
20
20
20
20
20
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25
25
25
20
20
20
20
20
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25
25
25
25
25
25
22
22
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25
25
25
25
22
20
20
20
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28
25
25
25
25
25
25
25
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40
40
33
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33
25
25
25
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40
40
33
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33
25
25
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40
33
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33
28
25
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40
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
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40
33
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33
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33
28
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40
33
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33
28
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40
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