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The Grand National takes place at the iconic Aintree Racecourse in April each year. Considered the ultimate test for horse and jockey, the Grand National attracts bettors who rarely take much notice of horse racing. Hundreds of millions of people watch the race, which has been broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK since 1960.

Grand National 2023: Schedule

The Grand National is the highlight of Aintree’s Grand National Festival, which runs from Thursday April 13 until Saturday April 15. The main race takes place on Saturday at 17:15, but the festival plays host to three days of top quality racing. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday April 13th Randox Opening Day

Opening Ceremony

13:45    The SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase

14:20    The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle

14:50    The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase

15:25    The Betway Aintree Hurdle

16:05    The Rose Paterson Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase

16:40    The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase

17:15    The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat

Thursday April 14th Randox Ladies Day

13:45    The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle

14:20    The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

14:50    The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

15:25    The Marsh Steeple Chase (Registered as the Melling)

16:05    The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

16:40    The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

17:15    The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

Saturday April 15th Randox Grand National Day

13:45    Horse Racing     The EFT Systems Handicap Hurdle

14:25    Horse Racing     The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

15:00    Horse Racing     The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase

15:35    Horse Racing     The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle)

16:15    Horse Racing     The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase

17:15    Horse Racing     The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase

18:20    Horse Racing     The Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

Grand National: Can Cheltenham’s top performers challenge at Aintree?

A big question among punters is whether the top performing horses at the Cheltenham Festival can still be at their peak to challenge in the National. There are three weeks between the two events and with fields at the two meetings stacked with quality it takes a high class, well trained horse to still be on top form and be fully recovered.

Over the last decade 21 winners (20 placed) from 71 runners (29.58%) followed up with a win at Aintree after a victory at the Cheltenham Festival.

Top Grand National Trainers

The following trainers have enjoyed success at the Grand National Festival over the last ten years:

Nicky Henderson: 8 winners from 201 runners

Paul Nicholls: 16 winners from 196 runners

Colin Tizzard: 14 winners from 78 runners

Willie Mullins: 14 winners from 94 runners

Top Grand National Jockeys

The top Grand National Festival Jockeys over the last decade are:

Nico de Boinville: 8 winners

Harry Cobden: 8 winners

Robbie Power: 8 winners

Grand National 2023: Entries and Weights

All 50 remaining entries for the Grand National at Aintree on 15 April are listed below. A maximum of the 40 top-rated horses will actiually line up on the day of the race.
1) Any Second Now
 (IRE) 11 11-12 Ted Walsh IRE

2) Noble Yeats (IRE) 8 11-11 Emmet Mullins IRE

3) Galvin (IRE) 9 11-11 Gordon Elliott IRE

4) Fury Road (IRE) 9 11-6 Gordon Elliott IRE

5) The Big Dog (IRE) 10 11-5 Peter Fahey IRE

6) Capodanno (FR) 7 11-5 Willie Mullins IRE

7) Delta Work (FR) 10 11-4 Gordon Elliott IRE

8) Sam Brown 11 11-4 Anthony Honeyball

9) Lifetime Ambition (IRE) 8 11-3 Jessica Harrington IRE

10) Carefully Selected (IRE) 11 11-1 Willie Mullins IRE

11) Coko Beach (FR) 8 11-0 Gordon Elliott IRE

12) Longhouse Poet (IRE) 9 11-0 Martin Brassil IRE

13) Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) 7 11-0 Willie Mullins IRE

14) Darasso (FR) 10 10-13 Joseph O’Brien IRE

15) Le Milos 8 10-11 Dan Skelton

16) Escaria Ten (FR) 9 10-10 Gordon Elliott IRE

17) The Big Breakaway (IRE) 8 10-10 Joe Tizzard

18) Cape Gentleman (IRE) 7 10-8 John Hanlon IRE

19) Roi Mage (FR) 11 10-8 Patrick Griffin IRE

20) Diol Ker (FR) 9 10-8 Noel Meade IRE

21) A Wave of The Sea (IRE) 7 10-6 Joseph O’Brien IRE

22) Minella Trump (IRE) 9 10-6 Donald McCain

23) Vanillier (FR) 8 10-6 Gavin Cromwell IRE

24) Velvet Elvis (IRE) 7 10-6 Thomas Gibney IRE

25) Ain’t That A Shame (IRE) 9 10-5 Henry de Bromhead IRE

26) Corach Rambler (IRE) 9 10-5 Lucinda Russell

27) Enjoy d’Allen (FR) 9 10-5 Ciaran Murphy IRE

28) Mr Incredible (IRE) 7 10-4 Willie Mullins IRE

29) Mister Coffey (FR) 8 10-4 Nicky Henderson

30) Cloudy Glen (IRE) 10 10-4 Venetia Williams

31) Hill Sixteen 10 10-2 Sandy Thomson

32) Gabbys Cross (IRE) 8 10-2 Henry de Bromhead IRE

33) Recite A Prayer (IRE) 8 10-1 Willie Mullins IRE

34) Eva’s Oskar (IRE) 9 10-1 S Tim Vaughan

35) Our Power (IRE) 8 10-0 Sam Thomas

36) Dunboyne (IRE) 8 10-0 Gordon Elliott IRE

37) Francky du Berlais (FR) 10 10-0 Peter Bowen

38) Fortescue 9 9-13 Henry Daly

39) Back On The Lash 9 9-13 Martin Keighley

40) Defi Bleu (FR) 10 9-12 Gordon Elliott IRE

41) Gevrey (FR) 7 9-10 Gordon Elliott IRE

42) Punitive (IRE) 9 9-10 Gordon Elliott IRE

43) Milan Native (IRE) 10 9-10 Gordon Elliott IRE

44) Born By The Sea (IRE) 9 9-10 John Gilligan IRE

45) Fakiera (FR) 8 9-8 Gordon Elliott IRE

46) Mortal (IRE) 11 9-8 Mr A. Dunlop Gordon Elliott IRE

47) Darrens Hope (IRE) 9 9-8 Robert Murphy IRE

48) Captain Cattistock 10 9-5 Fergal O’Brien

49) Secret Reprieve (IRE) 9 9-5 Evan Williams

50) Fantastikas (FR) 8 9-5 Nigel Twiston-Davies

The following seven entries were scratched at the latest entry stage: Battleoverdoyen, Captain Kangaroo, Envoi Allen, Gin On Lime, Quick Wave, Royale Pagaille, and The Shunter.

Who are the favourites for the 2023 Grand National?

The latest odds for the Grand National are as follows:

Corach Rambler13/2William Hill/BetUK
Nobel Yeats8/1William Hill/bet365/BetVictor/Betfair/Paddy Power/Betfred/
Delta Work10/1bet365/SkyBet
Mr Incredible14/1bet365/Betfred/BetUK/Unibet/Coral/Ladbrokes/William Hill/
Gaillard Du Mesni14/1bet365/William Hill/BetUK
Longhouse Poet16/1William Hill/BetUK/Coral
Any Second Now16/1William Hill
Le Milos16/1bet365/William Hill/10bet/BoyleSports
Our Power20/1William Hill/bet365/BetVictor/Betfair/Paddy Power/Betfred/
Galvin20/1William Hill/bet365/BetVictor/Betfair/Paddy Power/
Odds correct as of 11.04.23, 15:00. Odds subject to change

Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell is delighted with favourite Corach Rambler’s Grand National preparation.

The nine-year-old became the fourth back-to-back winner of the Cheltenham Festival’s Handicap Chase in March.

Russell stated that after Cheltenham the emphasis for Corach Rambler had been on recovery before sharpening him up for Aintree. Russell is the partner of National Hunt legend Peter Scudamore and the eight-time champion jockey has been riding Corach Rambler every day.

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