When is the Grand National? Date, odds, tickets and more
It’s the biggest and most popular race of the year, with millions tuning in to watch 40 jockeys and their horses take on the daunting four mile track of the Grand National.
Horse racing fans in their thousands will be making the trip to Aintree, Liverpool, to watch all the action of Europe’s most valuable jump race.
But when is the Grand National 2018, are tickets still available, and who will likely be able to make it past its famous fences – Becher’s Brook and The Chair – this year?
When is the Grand National 2018?
The big race will take place on Saturday, April 14 with everything kicking off at 5.15pm.
A total of 21 races will take place during the Grand National meeting.
40 horses take part in the race, which takes place over a course measuring 4 miles, 415 yards.
It was held for the first time in 1839, and has become a national tradition in Britain – where thousands of people, not just regular punters, will get involved in betting the odds.
Where does it take place?
It will be broadcast again on ITV for the second time this year, after they received broadcasting rights.
Ed Chamberlin will be presenting the coverage – a familiar face for those into football.
What is the handicap system?
The system was designed to create as close a race as possible.
Better horses carry the most weight, and the outsiders carry the least.
Every horse has an OR, or official rating – this is a big factor in deciding what weight they will carry.
This year, the maximum weight is 11st 10lbs, and the minimum is 9st 2Ibs.
Trainers withdraw horses if they are unhappy with the weight they’ve been allocated, or if they don’t feel they’re ready to go the course and distance.
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What are the odds?
Due to the fact the final field has not been selected, bookmakers are currently offering ‘Ante Post’ odds on remaining entrants.
Ante Post means any time before the field is finalised (usually the day before the race).
Where to buy tickets?
Only a few tickets remain priced £29 on the official Grand National website.