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Grand National Runners 2023 guide

A year can be an eternity for a racehorse. Horses that have shown promise in the previous season can become an also-ran a few months later. In the meantime, horses that have struggled over hurdles can suddenly become chasing behemoths. As a result, it is correct to state that time, especially the summer period when the Grand National runners are not actively competing, can be revelatory. The Grand National results in 2022 confirmed Noble Yeats, a seven-year-old, as the winner at Aintree. So, who will follow in the young horse’s footsteps in what is arguably the most prestigious National Hunt race? Read on to discover more about the 2023 Grand National.

Race Details

With over four miles to cover, the Grand National provides a test of stamina different from many others in racing. The race takes place at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside, England. Additionally, the 2023 race is scheduled for Saturday, April 15.

The Grand National course is famous for the stiffness of its fences, making it one of the most challenging races to win in world racing. The Chair, Foinavon, and Becher’s Brook have a lot of stories to share about this course.

Sam Waley-Cohen, an amateur jockey, rode Noble Yeats. Inadvertently, it happened to be Sam’s last race before his retirement. However, the Grand National is mainly a race that attracts the best jockeys, horses, and trainers competing for the richest prize pools in the sport. There is around 1.2 million USD up for grabs.

Who are the Favorites?

Based on the complexity of the fences and the long distance the horses have to cover, only horses with the gas to step up for the long trip are favorites. Here are some top contenders:

  • Stattler: Stattler has a lot of power in his legs, which is ideal for longer distances. He ended the 2021/22 season in style with a victory in the National Hunt Challenge Cup.    
  • Capodanno: This French horse has shown flashes of great potential in the 2021/22 season. Capodanno could yet prove to be a top contender for the Grand National. He managed a fourth-place finish in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase earlier this year at the Cheltenham Festival. After that, he signed off the season in style by winning the Champion Chase at Punchestown.
  • Gaillard Du Mesnil: This is another French horse that seems to have stepped up in class since turning to chasing. He was five lengths clear of Capodanno in the Brown Advisory Chase renewal. Additionally, he gave an outstanding account of himself in the Irish Grand National. He could renew his rivalry with Capodanno in the final furlong of the 2023 Grand National!

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