The public love affair for the Grand National is directly tied into 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 Becher’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. The 2013 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. However, the majority of winners come home at double-digit odds. The reason why Mon Mome had odds of 100/1 was primarily due to him being a French-bred horse. Throughout the entire history of the Grand National, there had only been three previous French winners. Remember you can read more about each Grand National winner by clicking on the horses' name.