Grand National 2019: When is it, start time, prize money and runners and riders for Aintree race
The Grand National. It’s an institution over here and talkSPORT will be at the heart of the most famous national hunt race.
First run at Aintree in 1839, the Grand National was won by Lottery and Captain Becher fell at the fence now known as Becher’s Brook.
The list of legends has grown since then, too, with Red Rum, Ruby Walsh and Jenny Pitman have become household names.
What is the Grand National?
It’s a National Hunt race held every year at Aintree. Raced over a course of four miles, 514 yards, a maximum field of 40 horses attempt to clear 30 fences in pursuit of glory.
When is it?
The race starts at 5.15pm on Saturday 6 April and talkSPORT has live coverage.
Who won it in 2018?
Tiger Roll won it at odds of 10-1.
How much prize money does the winner take home?
A tidy £561,000 goes to the winner.
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With a £1million prize haul, it pays out even on the 10th-placed horse
Who are the runners and riders?
As we move closer to the day, the field will whittle down to a maximum of 40 Grand National runners (plus 4 reserves), so check back here then. The final field will not be confirmed until 4 April.
Who shall I bet on?
In his preview, talkSPORT’s Lee McKenzie has revealed who he is backing, along with our other racing experts.
Has it always been at Aintree?
Except during the wars. Aintree was taken over by the army during the World War I, with it being staged at Gatwick, on the site of what is now the airport. The National was staged at Aintree in 1940 but the Second World War stopped the race between 1941 and 1945, with Aintree again commandeered by the army.
There is also much debate about when the first Grand National was actually held. Some say the first was 1836, won by The Duke and ridden by Martin Becher. However, it was staged at Maghul and the race has become a public institution since being first held at Aintree in 1839.
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