This is one of the most-anticipated horse races in the world, with punters flocking to the racecourse, bookmakers, and online sportsbooks to place Grand National bets in their droves. As such, plenty of people are keen to find out the list of runners and riders as early as possible, accompanied by the latest Grand National odds. Here at LeoVegas, we have up-to-the-minute odds in our sportsbook, along with our betting tips for the event which you can find here.
Where: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
When: Saturday, April 15th 2023, 17:15 BST
TV Coverage: ITV, Racing TV
A list of Grand National runners 2023 has to offer can be found in our Grand National betting section, although this is subject to change right up until the race begins.
Corach Rambler, Noble Yeats, and Delta Work are among the Grand National favourites for 2023 in the ante-post market. The likes of Any Second Now, Gaillard Du Mesnil, and Mr Incredible can be found at slightly longer odds, but may still be worth a look alongside the likes of Le Milos, Longhouse Poet, Vanillier, and Galvin. If you like looking at outsiders, you can find horses such as Captain Cattistock, Fakiera, and Fantastikas at longer odds.
Based on the ante-post, there are a few horses that are expected to be challengers for the 2023 Grand National. The Lucinda Russell-trained Corach Rambler had a successful Cheltenham Festival, winning the Ultima Handicap Chase for the second time in a row. Elsewhere, there’s a weight of expectation surrounding Noble Yeats, as he looks to add to last year’s win in the National. Delta Work also comes with some anticipation, following a third-place finish in last year’s race. However, we’re looking a bit further afield and backing Mr Incredible to win here. The young age is a factor to overcome, but the low weight being carried could offset that considerably.
We will endeavour to publish the 2023 Grand National results as soon as they have been determined, so you can see exactly how each horse finished.
The odds for the Grand National are constantly fluctuating, so it’s a good idea to pay attention to the market changes in the lead-up to the race, as prices of each horse are likely to change based on betting patterns. When betting on the Grand National, it’s important to consider when you want to place your wagers, as ante-post markets may offer more value through enhanced odds than gambling on the day. It’s worth also bearing in mind that the favourite has only won twice since the year 2000, although two other winners in that time have been joint-favourites. When it comes to the odds, prices in double-digits have been more successful than those in single figures in recent history.
There are a variety of bets that you can place on the Grand National, although we’ll take a look at the primary markets available for the big race.
The most common bet on the Grand National is an outright winner bet. Put simply, you select the horse you think is going to win the race, and place a wager on it. It will be settled as a winner only if your selection comes out on top. If it finishes second or further down the list, you’ll lose your stake.
Each-way betting is also common for the Grand National, which is actually made up of two separate stakes. The first covers your chosen horse to win the race, the same as an outright bet. However, the second part covers your selection to place, i.e. to finish in the runner-up spots. The payout you receive will be reduced depending on how far back your horse finishes in the race, but not all positions will be covered. The precise number of positions that will award a payout will be stated at the time you add the selection to your betslip.
Ante-post betting is popular, largely because you can find higher odds further in advance of the bet. However, the drawback is that the data that informs the prices of the horses may be less accurate prior to racecards being confirmed. Longlists of competing horses are usually longer than the 40 that will be confirmed on race day. You can find ante-post markets at LeoVegas all year round.
Many people both in the UK and abroad are unaware that the Grand National isn’t an isolated race, but is actually part of a bigger festival. In fact, 21 horse races are scheduled across three days, with the National itself actually the penultimate race of the meeting. Find out all you need to know about the other scheduled races below.
The Manifesto Novices’ Chase is the first race of the meeting, open to novices five years old and above. It is named after an eight-time Grand National runner who won the race twice. The first running of this race was in 2009, and winning horses include Mad Max, Finian’s Oscar, and Protektorat.
The Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle was first run in 1976, and in that time both AP McCoy and Robert Thornton have ridden three winners each. There are also two trainers tied for most wins, with Alan King and Paul Nicholls each training four winners this century.
The Aintree Bowl Chase is open to horses aged four and up, and is run over a distance of three miles and one furlong. It was originally intended as a chance for Cheltenham Gold Cup losers to compete for success, but it has evolved over time. The Bowl was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2010, having first been run in 1984.
The Aintree Hurdle has a rich history, having first been run in 1976. Morley Street saw success four years in a row between 1990 and 1993, with Toby Bading (who had also trained 1989’s Beech Road) being the outright leading trainer in this race until 2022, when Nicky Henderson earned his fifth win through Epatante.
The Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase is one of three races to be run over the Grand National fences during the festival. It is contested over a distance of two miles and five furlongs.
The Red Rum Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 race along the Milmay course across a distance of one mile, seven furlongs, and 176 yards. It was named after Red Rum in 1997, having been known as the Aintree Chase since 1976. It is open to horses aged five years and up.
The Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat is run over a distance of two miles and is a Grade 2 race.
The Top Novices’ Hurdle features nine hurdles across a distance of just over two miles. The race has been run since 1976 and some of its more well-known winners include Granville Again in 1991, Straw Bear in 2006, Darlan in 2012, My Tent Or Yours in 2013, Buveur d’Air in 2016, and Jonbon in 2022.
The Mildmay Novices’ Chase is a race over 3 miles and 1 furlong, where 19 hurdles need to be jumped on the way. The winners of the first two races in its history, Bregawn and Burrough Hill Lad, went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. More recent winners include Native River, Might Bite, and Lostintranslation in 2016, 2017, and 2019 respectively.
The Melling Chase was first run in 1991, and often includes horses that ran in either the Ryanair Chase or the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham the previous month. Barry Geraghty is the most successful jockey in the history of the race, having won on Moscow Flyer in 2004 and 2005, Finian’s Rainbow in 2012, and Sprinter Sacre in 2013.
The Topham Handicap Chase is, along with the Foxhunters’ Chase and the National itself, one of the three races contested over the Grand National fences. Since first being run in 1949, a few different horses have won this race twice in a row, including Culworth (1950 & 1951), Roughan (1957 & 1958), and Ultragold (2017 & 2018). However, Always Waining is the only horse to win the race three times, in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 race over three miles and half a furlong, where 13 hurdles need to be jumped. It has often featured horses that have also competed in the Spa Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham the previous month, with Fishers Cross winning both in 2013.
The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle is run over three miles and half a furlong, with 13 hurdles to be jumped. It has had many names over the years, largely due to sponsorship reasons, and 2007 winner Albertas Run may be one of the most well-known.
Mersey Novices’ Hurdle was upgraded to a Grade 1 race by the British Horseracing Authority in 2014, and has been a popular race with horse racing fans since its inauguration in 1977. In 1988, the length was reduced to the current distance of two miles and four furlongs.
Maghull Novices’ Chase was established in 1954, with Paul Nicholls absolutely dominating the results in terms of trainer wins. He has seven to his name, through horses as varied as Flagship Uberalles, Armaturk, Le Roi Miguel, Twist Magic, Tataniano, San Benedeto, and Diego Du Charmil.
The Liverpool Hurdle was held at Ascot for the first 30 years of its existence, before moving to Aintree in 2004. It is run over a distance of just over three miles.
The Freebooter Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 race over a distance of three miles and one furlong.
The Grand National is the big race, and the one that attracts the most bettors online, in bookmakers, and at Aintree.
The Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat is the closing race of the festival, and is open to horses aged between four and six years old. It has been run most years since 1987, with the Twiston-Davies family being the most successful over the years.
To place bets on the Grand National, you can navigate the LeoVegas sportsbook in the same way as you would to wager on other events. Whether you’re betting ante-post, on the day of the race, or live in-play, simply select your chosen horse and decide which type of bet you wish to place, such as each-way or outright. This selection will be added to your betslip, where you can then enter your stake and finalise your bet.
When betting on the Grand National, it’s important to consider a number of factors, including the overall horses’ form and significant elements such as the weather and the status of the ground underfoot. However, a great guide to assist you, especially if you’re placing your first bet on the Grand National, would be the trends and patterns seen in recent winners.
For the big race, there are a few recent trends that may assist you. First up is the fact that a huge proportion of recent winners claimed victory while being involved in the Grand National for the first time. Furthermore, Irish horses have also dominated in recent years, so that might be an area to explore further. When it comes to the age of recent winners, the stats suggest you should be looking between the ages of 8 years and 12 years old.
The Grand National has had its fair share of notable past winners since its inception in 1839, where Lottery became the first horse to win the prestigious event, when the 9-year-old favourite was ridden by Jem Mason to give trainer George Dockeray his first of several wins. See below for recent winning horses, jockeys, and trainers.
2022: Noble Yeats
2021: Minella Times
2019: Tiger Roll
2018: Tiger Roll
2017: One For Arthur
2022: Sam Waley-Cohen
2021: Rachael Blackmore
2019: Davy Russell
2018: Davy Russell
2017: Derek Fox
2022: Emmet Mullins
2021: Henry de Bromhead
2019: Gordon Elliott
2018: Gordon Elliott
2017: Lucinda Russell
If you’re wondering why the 2020 Grand National results aren’t listed above, it’s because that year’s event was held virtually. The results were generated through a combination of CGI and algorithms, with Potters Corner coming out on top.
The time of the Grand National is changeable, but for 2023 it is scheduled to start at 17:15 on April 15th.
Coverage of the Grand National can be found by UK viewers on both ITV1 and Racing TV.
The final list of horses running is confirmed on the day of the race, but the largest possible field is 40 horses.
The 2022 Grand National was won by Noble Yeats, with Any Second Now finishing second, followed by Delta Work.
It remains to be seen, but ante-post favourites include Corach Rambler, Noble Yeats, and Delta Work.
The Grand National is run over a distance of four miles and two and a half furlongs.
The Grand National is held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.
Red Rum won the Grand National on three separate occasions, in 1973, 1974, and 1977. He also came second in 1975 and 1976.
The English Grand National isn’t the only one in the UK, with the Scottish Grand National also being a high-profile event. It is run at Ayr every April, with 27 fences to jump, and is open to horses aged five years and older.
The British horse racing scene also sees the crowds flocking to Chepstow Racecourse in the gap between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. The steeplechase presents the runners with 23 hurdles to navigate, and is open to horses that are four years or older.
The Irish equivalent of the National in the horse racing calendar sees Fairyhouse Racecourse play host to some exciting action, with recent winners including Lord Lariat and Freewheelin Dylan among others. It’s shorter in length than the English National, but also very popular.