This year’s Grand National might already be through, but this doesn’t mean that we, horse enthusiasts, shouldn’t make further preparations for it. In fact, the entire horse racing community is already planning and discussing things out as to how, where, and which horses are going to ace the next Grand National.
What Exactly is the Grand National?
The Grand National is a horse racing event that is held yearly at the Aintree Racecourse located in Aintree, England. Grand National tips are originally given a few weeks before the race, but because of its growing popularity, numerous guides are already given months prior to the big event.
The race follows a steeplechase handicap format that is run in over 4 miles through 30 fences and two laps. It is one of the biggest and most important jump races in Europe. To prove how big of an event it is, its prize fund reached a whopping £1 million last year.
The race will take place at the Aintree racecourse. It is located five miles from Liverpool. It boasts a wide range of modern facilities that keep up with the standards of the horse racing community.
It is estimated that there will be around 70,000 people to attend the event, or might even exceed due to the race’s growing popularity globally. The course stretches by 4 miles and 4 furlongs long and will feature 16 different fences that have varying lengths and widths.
Horses, together with their riders, would then need to navigate through the course’s two circuits before sprinting through the home straight, which is considered as the longest run-in in the UK.
Attendees will have to choose from the Grand National Day options as there are three of them. They are the Ticket, Hospitality Packages, and the Private Boxes. The Ticket Only choice has 15 different packages that range from £29 to £115. The Steeplechase ticket is the cheapest while the premium one is the Lord Daresbury Roof.
Meanwhile, the Hospitality Packages are the first ones that get sold out first with its Hall of Fame option starting at £330 and the more expensive Private Box worth £635. And yes, it might sound overly premium, but that package can accommodate 16 people.
Knowing the Favourites
Anibale Fly is one of the strongest favourites for next year’s Grand National after winning the Paddy Power Chase last December at Leopardstown. Anibale also managed to hang by a thread during the Cheltenham Gold Cup after finishing third to Native River. And though this gelding finished only fourth in this year’s National Hunt, his current form makes him a great contender for the 2019 Grand National.
Pleasant Company is another horse worth considering after winning the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase. What makes it even more interesting was that he beat Thunder and Roses by half a length during that race. He might sometimes have a hard time coping with the frontrunners in handicaps, but his formidable strength and endurance make him an ideal candidate for the next Grand National.
Blaklion is another contender for the Grand National title after defeating Bristol de Mai at the Charlie Hall Chase. His stint at the Becher Chase also proved that he’d got the guts to go head-to-head with Britain’s best. Blaklion even went past Highland Lodge and The Last Samurai with striking fashion, defeating them by nine lengths.
Then there is Tiger Roll who won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last 2016. After winning the Cross Country Chase at the Festival by two lengths, everyone saw how great of a racer this gelding is. Hopefully, he copes with all the pressure as the next Grand National nears.
The Grand National is still a few months away, and there is still no assurance that these top guns will remain favourites until the big day. However, these horses have the best chances of making it big in the next National Hunt, that is, however, if they remain fit and healthy through the months. No doubt they will, as long as the jockeys, together with their trainers, ensure the best preparation and care possible for these great horses.