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J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Emmet Mullins
Held up in rear, steady headway from 12th, tracked leaders 23rd (2nd Canal Turn), disputed lead 2 out, headed when not fluent last, soon hard ridden, led run-in, stayed on final 110yds, ridden out
J: Mark Walsh
T: T M Walsh
Held up in midfield, headway 3 out, shaken up home turn, disputed lead 2 out, led narrowly last, soon ridden, headed run-in, stayed on until no extra final 110yds
J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Midfield, pushed along 25th, ridden and good headway home turn, disputed lead 2 out, soon headed, held last, stayed on until no extra final 110yds (op 12/1)
Working his way from the rear of the field to take up a prominent position by halfway, Walyer-Cohen got the better of a fine duel up the run-in, with the rest well beaten off. Runner-up to Ahoy Senor two starts back and ninth in the Ultima at Cheltenham on his latest start, he's only the second novice to win since 1958, but 2016 hero Rule The World was considerably more experienced and in his second season as a chaser. Putting in a fine round of jumping, in his newly fitted cheekpieces, he became the first 7yo to win since Bogskar back in 1940, and the fifth Irish-trained winner in the last six runnings. The win sets the seal on the career of Sam Waley-Cohen, who compiled such a superb record over these fences. He picked up a nine-day whip ban, but won't mind too much as this was his final ride.
The 2023 Grand National will take place at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, on Saturday 15th April 2023 and will be sponsored by Randox Health. In 2022, Sam Waley-Cohen rode Noble Yeats to a 50-1 victory against all odds, highlighting the amazing nature of the Grand National, a race where any horse can win.
The Aintree Festival is a three day meeting that begins on Thursday 13th April known as Grand Opening Day followed by Ladies Day on the Friday, and concludes with Grand National day on the Saturday. The Grand National is the longest national hunt race in Britain, run over a marathon trip of 4 miles and 2½ furlongs and is contested by 40 horses. There are a total of 16 fences on the Aintree racecourse, 14 of which are tackled twice during the Grand National totalling 30 obstacles that Grand National hopefuls must navigate. The five most iconic fences of the race are named in part to the heritage of the race; Becher’s Brook, Foinavpn, The Canal Turn, Valentines Brook and the Chair.The 2021 Grand National was run behind closed doors with no spectators, where Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the feature race aboard Minella Times.
The Grand National has seen numerous upsets since it was first run in 1839, when ironically it was won by a horse called Lottery. As recently as 2009, Mon Mome landed odds of 100/1, the same price as Foinavon who, in 1967, benefitted after the rest of the field fell, refused to race, were hampered or brought down at the 23rd fence. In such a wide open race just about every horse has a chance of winning the Grand National. Find out who the experts are backing with our Grand National tips for the best betting advice ahead of time. Once you’ve selected your horse, make sure you get the best price with the Grand National odds comparison grid. If you’re new to betting, why not check the latest Grand National free bets to get a head start on your festival punting.
The Grand National - also known as the Grand National Steeplechase - is the world’s most famous horse race, watched by an estimated 600 million people worldwide, which takes place at Aintree every year in April.
The marathon Aintree Grand National Festival headlines 3 days of jump racing at the Aintree Grand National Festival near Liverpool in April every year, culminating with a 40-runner steeplechase that is by far the single biggest race on the Jump Racing calendar and the UK’s biggest betting event. A British sporting institution, the Aintree Grand National attracts over 150,000 race-goers for this race alone. Over 11 million viewers tune in to watch the race on TV.
Everyone has a chance of betting on the winner of the Grand National and almost half of those who bet on the Grand National will choose their horse by its name. Make sure you keep a close eye on our Tips page for expert advice or head over to our Runners & Riders page for our verdicts on the major contenders for the 2022 Grand National. Click on this link to find out more about what our experts think on how to pick the winner for the Grand National 2022. https://www.racingpost.com/guide-to-racing/grand-national-picking-the-winner/ (content needs updating for 2022)
The Grand National will be broadcast live on ITV1 and streamed live on the ITV Hub for digital users. Racing TV also hold the rights to broadcast the race, and subscribers can stream live online or tune in to their TV Channel on Sky (426) and Virgin (536).
The next Grand National will take place on Saturday 15th April 2023.
The 2023 Grand National starts at 5.15pm (17:15 GMT) and will usually finish around 10 minutes later, at 5.25pm (17:25 GMT).
The Grand National always takes place at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. The address for Aintree Racecourse is: Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Rd, Liverpool, Merseyside, L9 5AS.
Aintree is just five miles from Liverpool and the bustling city, named a European Capital of Culture in 2008, has a wide range of hotels to suit every budget.
The Grand National meeting takes place over three days. Thursday is Grand Opening Day, Friday is Ladies Day, while Grand National Day takes place on Saturday.
The Grand National was first run in 1839. The 2022 renewal was the 175th running of the race, as there have been several years when the race has not been run, including 2020 when the meeting was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Until recently the Grand National was run over four and a half miles, however the race is now run over just longer than four and a quarter miles after the distance to the first fence was reduced in a bid to improve safety. Visit our comprehensive guide about the Aintree Racecourse by clicking on the link https://www.racingpost.com/guide-to-racing/aintree-racecourse/
There are a total of 30 fences to be jumped in the Grand National. There are 16 fences on the Aintree course, 14 of which the field must tackle twice in two laps of the track (missing out The Chair and Water Jump on the second circuit). Visit our comprehensive guide about the Aintree Racecourse by clicking on the link https://www.racingpost.com/guide-to-racing/aintree-racecourse/
The first prize for the most recent Grand National was £500,000. Most of this will go to the owners of the Grand National winner, while a percentage of the winnings will go to the trainer of the horse and the winning jockey. The total Grand National prize money is £1 million.
Having a runner in the Grand National is priceless! Owners love to win the race, especially Aintree supremo Trevor Hemmings who has won the race three times - with Hedgehunter in 2005, Ballabriggs in 2011 and Many Clouds in 2015. He often buys one or two horses in the build up to the race every year, often paying hundreds and thousands of pounds. The winner of the Grand National receives £500,000.
As with all races, as well as a riding fee of around £170, jockeys receive a percentage of any prize money that is won. That figure generally ranges from 8.5 to 9 percent of winning prize-money over jumps, meaning the Grand National winning jockey could receive as much as £45,000.