The public love affair for the Grand National is directly tied in to the nail-biting excitement of the race. Visually the spectacle is awe inspiring, as 40 horses charge up on the first fence the nervous anticipation of the crowd waiting to see if their horse makes it safely over is palpable even to those watching on TV. As the runners approach the fearsome Brecher’s Brook the excitement builds again. Twice around the course and the remaining horses are heading towards the ‘Elbow’ and the history books.
The Grand National has lots of famous winners in its history. Last years winner Auroras Encore (66/1) is clearly the example of how the race can still spring a surprise or two, although there have been bigger priced winners in recent years, like Mon Mome in 2009 the majority for winners come home at double digit odds. The reason why Mon Mome had odds of 100/1 was primarily due to him being a Frence bred horse. Throughout the entire history of the Grand National, there had only been three previous winners that were French. Remember you can read more about each Grand National winner by clicking on the horses name.