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Anticipation builds ahead of the Grand National at Aintree

The 2024 Grand National is upon us, with one of the world’s greatest Steeplechase taking place at the Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of Liverpool on Saturday, 13 April.

The race is one of the most famous to take place and is a true test of endurance and jump ability for the horses and jockeys that participate. It is the longest jump race to be held in the UK, as it will usually take around nine minutes to complete (depending on the condition of the ground) and will require a total of 30 jumps to be made.

The course is made up of 16 fences, with 14 of those needing to be jumped twice as the horses will do two circuits of the track. A total distance of four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards (4m 2f 74y) will be run, making it an event that much of the UK’s population is joined in watching from those outside.

Who are the favourites to win the 2024 Grand National?

As a result of the attention that is given to the race, it’s no real surprise to learn that there are many that look to enhance their viewing experience of the Grand National by placing a bet on proceedings. In fact, there are many around the UK that will only ever make one bet a year, and often place it on this race.

This can often lead to many looking for the best sites in which to place that bet, and the top bookies in the UK often step up their game at this time. This can be reflected in the offers that they may offer on the race or in terms of the security that they provide to their punters, as they recognize the importance of a safe experience, which can convince punters to come back.

With various factors that need to be considered right until the beginning of the race, it can be hard to know which horses are the favourites. Of course, historical data and information about weather forecasts and the state of the ground are available in advance, but this can all change depending on the mood of the horse on the day or whether there are any unforeseen circumstances, such as we saw at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Nonetheless, the early favourites are Corach Rambler and I Am Maximus. Corach Rambler was last year’s winner and managed to put in a convincing performance as he defeated Vanillier by 2.25 lengths (another horse set to compete). The Lucinda Russell-trained Corach Rambler celebrated his 11th birthday on April 10, so all connections will be hoping it will be a very happy birthday for him this weekend, especially as the winner of the race will receive £516,000 from the £1 million prize purse. 2022 winner Nobel Yeats, Delta Work, Galvin, and Minella Indo might have something to say about that, though.

The 2024 Grand National is a little different

This year’s edition of the Grand National will be very different to most, as there will be just 34 horses competing instead of the traditional 40. This has been done to ensure and maximise the welfare of those that participate, from the horses to the jockeys.

In addition, other changes have been made to try to improve the race. These include a change in the time that it takes place, with it being moved to 16:00 GMT instead of 17:15 GMT to try and give the race better ground. At the same time, the first fence has been moved closer to the starting line by 60 yards, Fence 11 has been reduced by two inches, and a starting start will be used instead of a rolling one that is more common for this race.