One of the most famous national hunt races in the UK, the Grand National makes the entire kingdom collectively skip a beat when those horses challenge over 30 fences every year. Grand National can make the UK stop in its tracks and concentrate on the race. Here is all the information you will need about the race, that is, when it will happen, where it will happen, which horses are running, and more.
What is the Grand National?
The Grand National is one of the most popular National Hunt Races in the country. Every year at Aintree, close to 40 horses participate and jump over 30 fences over a course of 4 and a half miles to take home the prize money of 1 million pounds. This year, the race will be a 3-day event where over 150000 people are expected to attend. The Grand national sponsors for this year have been changed from Crabbie’s to Randox Health.
When is the Grand National 2018?
The Grand National festival will run in the UK from 12 April 2018 to 14 April 2018. The final race is scheduled at 5:15 pm on April 14, 2018. A total of 21 races are expected to take place in the festival.
Where is the Grand National happening?
The race was first hosted in 1839 at Aintree Race Course. Since then, the race has always happened on this course only. The race course is a 6-hour drive away from Liverpool.
What TV channel would air it?
ITV has won the broadcasting rights for the Grand National this year. Ed Chamberlain is expected to be their presenter for the festival. The football star is expected to make raising a more popular event in the country. The program was broadcasted exclusively by BBC till 2012, but the rights for the festival are now up for grabs every year.
Which horses are running in Grand National?
The Grand National has had its share of quite famous horses running for the championship like rule the world, One for Arthur, Neptune Collonges and more. However, this year’s final field of 40 runners has not been selected yet. Last year the number of forces participating were 110, who were assigned their weights by the British horse racing authority head of handicapping.
Handicapping is a process used to keep the race as close as possible. Here, the most weight is carried by the horses who are considered better and the least, by the outsiders. The weight is usually determined by the official rating of the horse. The Grand National for this year will see the maximum weight of 11 stone 10 lbs and the minimum weight of 10 stone.
The weights were released in February this year. Now, the owners of the horses, as well as the trainers, can withdraw from the game if they are unhappy with the allocated weight. The final field of the top 40 horses will be prepared by the Thursday and Friday before the festival along with 4 reserves.
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