Most horseracing fans, particularly in the UK, will agree that the Grand National race is both the jewel in the crown of the annual four-day Grand National Festival and the most important and prestigious race of the National Hunt season.
This year, the race takes place on Saturday, 11 April, the third and final day of the festival, also known as Grand National Day (which follows Opening Day and Ladies Day). The Grand National Festival is held at Aintree Racecourse, and it always attracts a huge audience – of horseracing fans and avid punters. While thousands of lucky ticketholders will get to attend the races at Aintree, and will feel the electric atmosphere in person, millions more will be wagering online and tuning in around the world for a chance to be part of horseracing history. The race is as exciting and attention grabbing as it was when it was first run in 1839, making it a not-to-be-missed event of the racing calendar.
Every year, 40 horses compete in the Grand National, ridden by the most skilled and talented jockeys and trained by the top trainers in the sport. Last year, the Richard Newland-trained Pineau De Re surprised the field, as jockey Leighton Aspell rode him to victory. The 2013 Grand National was won by Auroras Encore, trained by Sue Smith and ridden by Ryan Mania.
This year’s favourites include Shutthefrontdoor, Balthazar King, Unioniste, and Back in Focus, trained, respectively, by world-famous trainers Jonjo ONeill, Philip Hobbs, Paul Nicholls, and Willie Mullins. The beauty of the Grand National, however, is that many a longshot has overcome the favourite(s) and has ended up in the Winner’s Circle, so the betting is always lively. This is true also because of the massive prize fund, which hovers around the £1 million mark.
Online Betting on the 2015 Grand National is Bound to Break Records
Those who will not be watching the Grand National from Aintree will have the opportunity to watch it online and on TV (and millions of global fans will do so). Betting online is the most convenient way to place a wager, and the leading sports betting sites, like William Hill, list the odds and offer valuable advice and tips. These sites make it easy to bet on Grand National Day 2015 – runners & results, along with odds and useful information, are right at your fingertips.
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