Two of the most successful female jockeys of all time have both announced their retirement within days of each other. Katie Walsh made the announcement on April 27th, following her last win at Punchestown on Antey after intended jockey Danny Mullins was injured earlier in the day, with Nina Carberry announcing her retirement the next […]

Another incredible Grand National in 2018 that saw quite a lot of changes on the run up including last minute withdrawals from Regal Encore and Walk In The Mill meaning that only 38 runners to to the starting . Despite the heavy going all runners and riders were in good form and with no false […]

It was the rather aptly named Lottery that claimed victory in the inaugural Aintree Grand National in 1839, a feat that jockeys and trainers alike have been trying to replicate since. Doing so has the power to define a jockey’s career and it is the grueling nature of the race that attracts the eyes of […]

Here at grandnational.fans we recently commissioned YouGov for a survey to determine various Grand National betting patterns. One of the many interesting results it produced was that of all those who had backed a Grand National runner, 46% of people chose their horse based on it’s name! And that is very understandable as the race […]

It’s that time of year again when we get to see which jockeys will be partnered with which Grand National runners and now we have the full compliment of men and women who will do battle on April 14th. Two that won’t be making an appearance in 2018 are Ruby Walsh and Leighton Aspell who […]

Today, at the last declaration stage for the 2018 Grand National which takes place on Saturday 14th at 5.15pm, trainer Jonjo O’Neill has withdrawn the top weight runner, Minella Rocco. Minella Rocco was due to shoulder 11-10 but he will now miss the race. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for connections who had been […]

If you’re short on time and want to know all about this year’s Grand National Runners, then this quick guide will be perfect for you. Compiled by our resident contributor, Steve Mullington, this is a one- summary for each of the 40 runners that will up on Saturday 14th at 5.15pm, all in search […]

Usually far outnumbered in the Grand National, grey runners have a massive following with plenty of punters willing to back them simply because of their colour. Unfortunately, they don’t have the greatest record of winning the race with Neptune Collonges the last to reign victorious in 2012. In fact, other than the Paul Nicholls trained […]

The five day declaration stage for the 2018 Grand National has passed and there are now 63 runners still in contention for Saturday’s race, with a battle at the bottom of the qualifying list for the last guaranteed spot which now goes to the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Double Ross. Click here for the full list […]

The 2018 Grand National will be the world’s biggest jumps race, with an anticipated UK TV audience in excess of 10m ready to tune in and watch as 40 runners and riders go head to head for the £1m prize fund that’s up for grabs. Here’s everything you need to know about the big race! […]

For the first time in 30 years, at least three female jockeys will saddle up for the Grand National on Saturday April 14th at 5.15pm. With the news that Rachael Black has been given the ride on the Mouse Morris trained Alpha Des Obeaux, she will now join Katie Walsh and Bryony Frost for the […]

As the 2018 Grand National draws ever closer, all eyes are on the trainers who will saddle up the forty runners who will take part in the race on Saturday April 14th at 5.15pm. As expected most are quite optimistic about their chances while some are cautious and playing their cards close to the […]