WHERE CAN I WATCH?
The best place to be on Grand National day is Aintree Racecourse, sample the atmosphere first hand and see history in the making. Ticket prices range from £20 all the way up to several hundred pounds for VIP and hospitality tickets. If you're in the UK you can enjoy live coverage of the race from ITV. Those outside the UK will need to check local TV listings, the race is screened in most countries but may only be available on satellite or pay per view channels. One option which you may not have considered is to watch the race streamed over the internet, many online bookmakers offer this as a free service to customers.
WHO CAN ENTER?
Only horses aged seven or above can now compete and every runner must have been placed in the first four of a chase of three miles or more by March 20th and be rated 120 or above.
The regulations surrounding the Grand National are very specific and are as follows: The race is a Class 1, Grade 3 event over four miles and four furlongs. There is a total prize fund of £1,000,000. The Grand National is a handicap race, in short a better horse will have to carry more weight than his rivals. The theory is to give all runners an equal chance of winning and the weights are set by the official BHA handicapper and the top weight is set at 11st-10lbs with a minimum weight of 10st. The Grand National is the only race fixture in which the handicapper can deviate from the published ratings and also take into account previous hurdle form.
BETTING ON THE RACE
A few quid each-way on a horse you fancy can add to the excitement of the day. Without doubt the Grand National remains one of the few horse races that nearly everyone has a bet on. Maybe it's the unpredictable nature of the race or the chance of landing a big odds winner, that keeps us handing over our money to the bookies year after year. Whatever your reason for having a bet we can help you find a bookmaker offering fantastic bonus bet deals and also help you find a horse to back. Check out our betting guide to the Grand National.
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