In the last 10 years just three winners carried more than 11st. None carried top weight.
The 2023 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 15th at 5.15pm. The Randox Health sponsored race is a steeplechase run over 4 miles 514 yards with 30 jumps over two circuits of the course.
The prize fund for the Grand National is £1,000,000 which makes it the most valuable jump race in Europe. 600 million people will watch the race in over 140 countries with more than 70,000 in attendance at Aintree on the day.
40 horses and their jockeys will line-up in what is the ultimate test in British horse racing. The Grand National course has much larger fences than normal. The Chair, Valentine’s Brook, Foinavon, Becher’s Brook and the Canal Turn are just some of the famous fences that runners and rider need to navigate in the race.
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Winner of the 2022 Grand National as a seven-year-old novice, going off on odds of 50/1. Ridden by amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen on his last race before he retired.
NO: | FORM: 9P291 | AGE: 7 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: E. Mullins
What a season this chaser is having. No longer a novice, he has now won three back-to-back races, stepping up in distance and class each time. Won the National Hunt at Cheltenham over 3m6f and if next season goes as well could be a real favourite for the Grand National 2023.
NO: | FORM: 4-3111 | AGE: 7 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: W. Mullins
Delta Work won the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham before heading to Aintree with high hopes. He was bested on the day but ran a great race to finish in third place and could easily be back for the 2023 Grand National.
NO: | FORM: -46613 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: G. Elliott
Winner of the Scottish Grand National in 2022, Win My Wings is very much in his element over the longer distances having also won the Midlands Grand National in February.
NO: | FORM: 5P111 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: C. Williams
Ahoy Senor looks like a stable star for trainer Lucinda Russell. A Grade 1 winner at Aintree in the Mildmay Novices Chase, it was his third win of the season but the 2023 Grand National may come too soon and he could takes his chances at Cheltenham instead.
NO: | FORM: 12121- | AGE: 7 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: L. Russell
A third-place finish in the 2021 Grand National seemed commendable, especially considering that he was hampered during the race. Went well again in 2022 to finish in second place so can he finally win in the 2023 Grand National?
NO: | FORM: 3-9612 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: T. Walsh
Usually 7-year-olds don’t fair well in the Grand National, however with Noble Yeats taking the spoils in 2022, Capodanno could be ready the challenge. A promising young chaser.
NO: | FORM: 12U4-1 | AGE: 6 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: W. Mullins
Had a huge following for the Grand National in April, going of at odds of 12/1. Ran a great race but could only manage to secure 6th place. By the time the 2023 Grand National rolls around, could do even better.
NO: | FORM: 7176- | AGE: 8 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: M. Brassil
From the same owner as Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, comes a horse that has remarkably finished in 3rd place five times from five chase starts. He just doesn’t seem to have it in the tank to fight for the wins on the run-in.
NO: | FORM: 33333- | AGE: 6 | WEIGHT: UNKNOWN | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | TRAINER: W. Mullins
We give each horse a rating based on how closely it matches the trends and statistics of past Grand National winners.
Unlikely to mount a serious challenge.
Could place with a slice of luck.
A strong eachway chance and could even win it.
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Bookmakers across the UK anticipate that over £250m in bets will be staked on the 2023 Grand National from millions of customers. Only a few of those placing bets will manage to back the winner on the day. Will you be one of them?
Some people will take a punt on a tip from a friend. Others will pick a runner based on the colour of silks worn by the jockey. While more will lump on a horse for no other reason than they like the name of the horse. In fact when Rule The World won in 2016 a significant amount of people who had backed it did so because it was their favourite Take That song!
Being more strategic about your choice of a horse only involves a little extra work. Read the racing news and study the trends and statistics that have emerged over the last ten years and try to determine patterns that will help whittle down your selections.
Only three winners carried more than 11-01 in the past ten years and they were Tiger Roll in 2019 (11-05), Many Clouds in 2015 (11-09) and Neptune Colognes in 2012 (11-06).
Six of the last ten winners were 9, 10 or 11 years old. Minella Times in 2021, Tiger Roll in 2018, One For Arthur in 2017 and Many Clouds in 2015 broke that trend as they were all eight years old.
Only one winners went off as the favourite from the last ten Grand Nationals. That was Tiger Roll in 2019 (4/1). It can be argued that racing fans actually backed jockey AP McCoy, more so than the horse! Mon Mome won on 100/1 but he was first since 1967 to do that. In fact the average odds of a winning Grand National horse are around 20/1.
Six winners had at least four seasonal runs before going on to win the Aintree spectacular. The only four who had less were Minella Times in 2021, Ballabriggs in 2011, One For Arthur in 2017 and Tiger Roll in 2019. They had all run three times.
Nine winners had either won or placed in a race at least 3m or longer in the season they won the Grand National. Only one, Auroras Encore had not won or placed on the run-up to the 2013 National.
None of the last 10 winners unseated their jockey in the season they won the Grand National.
Eight of the last ten winners had not fallen in the season they won the Grand National.
Ideally what you’re looking for is a Grand National 2023 Runner that is carrying 11-00 or less, who is 8 or 9 (2014 was the last time a horse older than that won the National).
Generally, when online betting, avoid the favourites and look for those who are priced between 14/1 and 33/1 and who have at least three seasonal runs, with extra consideration for those who have won or placed at 3 miles or more. Tiger Roll was the exception, not the rule.
Or simply tear up the stats and pick a runner because you like its name!
There are sixteen individual fences that need to be jumped in the 2023 Grand National, 14 of them twice as the race is run over two laps of the famous Aintree course.
Fence 6 & 22 – Becher’s Brook
Becher’s Brook is 5 feet high with the landing side between 6 inches and 10 inches lower than the takeoff side and is named after Captain Martin Becher who fell there in the first Grand National and took shelter in the small brook running along the landing side of the fence while the remainder of the field thundered over.
Fence 7 & 23 – Foinavon
Foinavon is 4 feet 6 inches and is one of the smallest fences on the course. It was named in 1984 after the 1967 winner who avoided a mêlée at the fence to go on and win the race at outside odds of 100/1.
Fence 8 & 24 – Canal Turn
The Canal Turn is 5 ft high and is known for it’s difficult 90-degree left turn immediately after landing. Jockey Richard Pitman said of this fence “you can win or lose a Grand National at the Canal Turn, because any length you can gain in the air is more economical than having to gallop it.”
Fence 9 & 25 – Valentine’s
Valentine’s is 5 feet high with a 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) brook and was named after a horse called Valentine who was reputed to have jumped the fence hind legs first in 1840.
Between Fences 12 & 13 – Melling Road
A famous part of the course located between fences 12 and 13 when the runners cross it near to the Anchor Bridge, a popular vantage point since the earliest days of the race.
Fence 15 – The Chair
One of the most difficult fences on the course, The Chair is 5 feet 2 inches high but is preceded by a 6 ft wide ditch and Grand National Runners only jump this once, on the first lap. The fence was originally the location where a distance judge sat in the earliest days of the race. The practise was done away with but the monument where the chair stood is still there.
Fence 16 – Water Jump
The Water Jump is 2 feet 6 inches and is the second fence that runners only jump once during the race. The Water Jump was one of the most popular jumps on the course but over the years, The Chair has overshadowed it in popularity.
Once all the fences have been jumped the runners and riders head for the home straight which is one of the longest in the United Kingdom at 494 yards and one that many potential winners have had victory snatched away!