When Is The Grand National 2023?
What a year it has been for racing. Another crop of amazing hurdlers and chasers have entered the frame and racing is, for the most part, in flying form.
Last year’s Grand National saw history being made once again. Noble Yeats, a 50/1 long shot, romped home with veteran jockey Sam Waley-Cohen on board.
The win came as Waley-Cohen had already announced that the race would be his last before retirement. But what a way to go out!
At just seven years old, Noble Yeats was the youngest horse to win the race since Bogskar in 1940. So will we see him back again in 2023?
Back-to-back Grand National wins are a rare breed. Tiger Roll and Davy Russell may have done it in 2018 and 2019, but it had taken more than 40 years since Red Rum had achieved the same feat.
Bookies already have him down as the favourite and with two wins already this season, it’s hard to find fault with their thinking.
However, the Grand National is a fickle race and anything can happen on the day!
Grand National 2023 Date Announcement
Shortly after last year’s race, the BHA and Jockey Club set a date for the 2023 Grand National. It will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 15th 2023 at 5.15pm.
Tickets are on sale for the event, but you’re going to have to be quick as demand was high, and a lot of the ticket categories are already sold out.
There is still availability for the first two days of the festival.
Having been temporarily renamed ‘Liverpool’s NHS Day in 2022, we return to normal in 2023 with the slightly uninspired ‘Opening Day’ title for day one.
Day 2 is known as ‘Ladies Day,’ which is renowned not only for the racing action but the fashion and entertainment.
If you’re lucky enough to be crowned the winner in the style awards, then lucky you. You will win a holiday worth £5,000 along with £1,500 spending money, £1,000 donation to your chosen charity and two Garden Club Tickets to Ladies Day 2024.
Ante Post Odds For The Grand National 2023
Of course, as with any major event, the bookies are already offering ante-post odds on who they think will run a good race in 2023.
Don’t expect to get a comprehensive list as we are still waiting on the official list of entries.
Noble Yeats is currently the favourite ahead of Longhouse Poet from Martin Brassil and Any Second Now who is making his third attempt at the race.
Other notable potential runners include those that ran well last season, including Delta Work and Fiddlerontheroof.
We do see a few new names on the ante-post odds market, including Welsh National winner Iwilldoit. Having already stormed around Chepstow in the national trial, he returned three weeks alter to win the race itself. One of the few horses to win both race back-to-back.
The most interesting candidate looks like The Big Dog from Peter Fahey. He made a great start to the season winning back-to-back races at Limerick (Munster National) and Navan (Troytown Handicap Chase). He then went on to place 3rd in the Welsh National.
However, whether any of them will actually get an entry into the 2023 Grand National is debatable at this stage.
The full list of entries will be published next week. So until then, it is a guessing game as to which horses will get entered.
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