The Grand National



grand-national.net tells the history and tales of the worlds greatest horse race, The Grand National. The famous horse race is run at Aintree racecourse in April each year with Grand National 2015 due to take place on Saturday 11th April.

To enjoy a bet on this years race please pick your horse from the list below and click the bookmaker link to easily place your bet.

  Horse Rating Odds Bookie
Shutthefrontdoor
8 years. 11-2 stone AP McCoy Jonjo ONeill AP McCoy's last ever Grand National ride. Sure to come in for huge support.
7-1
Rocky Creek
9 years. 11-3 stone Sam Twiston Davies Paul Nicholls Routed a good field in his last race and now looks well handicapped.
8-1
Balthazar King
11 years. 11-2 stone Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Ran a brave race to finish second to Pineau De Re last year.
8.5-1
Soll
10 years. 10-2 stone Tom Scudamore David Pipe Dual recent winner, now with Grand National winning trainer, David Pipe.
10-1
The Druids Nephew
8 years. 10-9 stone Aidan Coleman Neil Mulholland Easy winner at the Cheltenham Festival; looks well treated for the Grand National now.
11-1
Cause Of Causes
7 years. 10-9 stone Paul Carberry Gordon Elliott Convincing winner of the National Hunt Chase. Must have a great chance in the National now that stamina is confirmed.
16-1
First Lieutenant
10 years. 11-3 stone Nina Carberry Mouse Morris Former top class chaser who has looked badly out of form this season.
16-1
Godsmejudge
9 years. 10-8 stone Wayne Hutchinson Alan King Former Scottish National winner who had to be pulled out at Aintree last year due to injury.
18-1
Al Co
10 years. 10-8 stone Denis ORegan Peter Bowen Scottish National winner looks to have been trained all season with this race in mind.
20-1
Alvarado
10 years. 10-3 stone Paul Moloney Fergal OBrien Stayed on well to finish fourth last year.
20-1
Night In Milan
9 years. 10-9 stone James Reveley Keith Reveley Jumps brilliantly; should love the Grand National test.
20-1
Oscar Time
14 years. 10-5 stone Sam Waley Cohen Robert Waley Cohen Superb veteran who defied his age to win the Becher Chase here in December. Sure to go well.
20-1
Unioniste
7 years. 11-6 stone Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls Same owner and trainer as former winner Neptune Collonges.
20-1
Ballycasey
8 years. 10-13 stone Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins Willie Mullins has selected this horse as his only runner in the National. Should we take the hint?.
25-1
Pineau De Re
12 years. 11-0 stone Daryl Jacob Richard Newland Easy winner of the Grand National last year; can he win it again?.
25-1
Royale Knight
9 years. 10-2 stone Brendan Powell Richard Newland Hails from last year's winning stable. Jumps superbly and has proven stamina..
25-1
Saint Are
9 years. 10-6 stone Paddy Brennan Tom George Ran really well here in December and should relish the extra distance.
25-1
Spring Heeled
8 years. 10-12 stone Nick Scholfield Jim Culloty This race has been the target for over a year.
25-1
Many Clouds
8 years. 11-9 stone Leighton Aspell Oliver Sherwood Three time winner this season but may be best on soft ground.
28-1
Chance Du Roy
11 years. 10-4 stone Tom OBrien Philip Hobbs Previous winner over the big Aintree fences and finished sixth last year.
33-1
Court By Surprise
10 years. 10-3 stone Richie McLernon Emma Lavelle Has been off the track for five months as doesn't like soft ground. Likely to be well supported.
33-1
Lord Windermere
9 years. 11-10 stone Brian OConnell Jim Culloty Lots of weight but is the class horse of the race.
33-1
Rebel Rebellion
10 years. 10-12 stone Ryan Mahon Paul Nicholls In excellent form but could find this distance difficult.
33-1
Across The Bay
11 years. 10-6 stone Henry Brooke Donald McCain Ran well here two years ago and unlucky last year.
40-1
Monbeg Dude
10 years. 10-7 stone Liam Treadwell Michael Scudamore Looked to be going well here last year but could only finish seventh.
40-1
Mon Parrain
9 years. 10-11 stone Sean Bowen Paul Nicholls Former runner-up over these fences in the Topham Chase.
50-1
Owega Star
8 years. 10-3 stone Robbie Power Peter Fahey Ran well in a couple of big Irish handicaps this season and is relatively unexposed.
50-1
Portrait King
10 years. 10-3 stone Davy Condon Maurice Phelan Plenty of stamina but might not be quite good enough.
50-1
Rubi Light
10 years. 10-9 stone Andrew Lynch Robert Alan Hennessy Won his last two races but might find this distance difficult.
50-1
The Rainbow Hunter
11 years. 10-7 stone David Bass Kim Bailey Progressive handicapper from a former Grand National winning stable. Interesting outsider..
50-1
Bob Ford
8 years. 10-4 stone Paul Townend Rebecca Curtis Proved he has plenty of stamina with recent win on very heavy ground at Ffos Las.
66-1
Corrin Wood
8 years. 10-7 stone David Casey Superb jumper who could be well suited to this race but has been a little out of form this year.
66-1
Dolatulo
8 years. 10-11 stone Dougie Costello Waren Greatrex Well backed when racing over these fences in December.
66-1
Gas Line Boy
9 years. 10-4 stone James Best Philip Hobbs Talented performer but has his fair share of temperament as well.
66-1
Super Duty
9 years. 10-4 stone Will Kennedy Ian Williams Lightly raced in last couple of seasons. Looks well handicapped now.
66-1
Tranquil Sea
13 years. 10-5 stone Gavin Sheehan Warren Greatrex Best known as a horse who excels at shorter distances.
66-1
Wyck Hill
11 years. 10-4 stone Tom Cannon David Bridgwater One of the few horses in the field that has won a race of over four miles.
66-1
Ely Brown
10 years. 10-2 stone Brian Hughes Charlie Longsdon Highly rated by his progressive stable but has only made it to the racecourse once in over a year.
100-1
River Choice
12 years. 10-3 stone David Cottin Richard Chotard Vastly experienced raider from France but will have to adapt to these fences very quickly on his first race in the UK.
100-1

We hope that you enjoy reading about the history of the Grand National and the famous grand national horses such as Red Rum and Foinavon.

What makes the Grand National horse race so unique is the distance of the race combined with the difficulty of the grand national fences and the volume of runners (normally 40 horses). The horses and riders have to contend with many different types of fences and lots of other horses trying to jump them at the same time. Halfway through the course is the canal turn, a fence with a 90 degree turn after the jump. Bechers Brook, the Chair and the water jump all offer their own challenges. All this adds up to a true test for horse and jockey and that is why trainers, jockeys and owners want their runners to join the prestigous list of past grand national winners

On these pages you can read about how Dick Frances thought the race was won before his mount, Devon Loch, collapsed just yards from the winning line. How Crisp, possibly the greatest ever Grand National runner, didnt manage to win the race. Even the grand national that didnt take place in 1993 is an amazing story.

We will be adding more tales soon but for further information about the Grand National, try the Grand National Wikipedia page, or for a list of possible grand national runners for the 2015 race, betting tips and latest odds try Grand National Guide