The most famous and historic horse race in the United Kingdom takes place this weekend for the 174th time.
The Aintree Grand National Festival will be held across three days, from Thursday to Saturday, with the Grand National race itself happening on Saturday, April 9th.
Last year’s winner, Minella Times, will race again with record-breaking jockey Rachael Blackmore, while Snow Leopardess is among the favourites to become the first mare to win in more than half a century.
Here is all you need to know about the 2022 event.
What is the Grand National?
The Grand National is a horse race held annually since 1839, with 30 challenging fences for horses to jump over two laps and a total distance of four miles and two and a half furlongs (more than seven kilometres).
Where is the Grand National held?
The Grand National is held every year at Aintree, in Liverpool, England.
When is the Grand National held?
The Grand National will be held this year on Saturday, April 9, with the main event beginning at 5.15 p.m. BST.
“It’s all for the goodness and health of the horse”
Leading trainer Jonjo O’Neill gives us an insight into just how well looked-after racehorses are 👏 pic.twitter.com/NJZqCqcSBR
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) April 4, 2022
What is the Grand National’s prize fund?
The Grand National’s prize fund totals £1 million, with over half of that — £561,300 — going to the winning owners and then £211,100 going to the second-placed horse’s owners. The jockeys will get a percentage of that prize money.
Who won the Grand National last year?
Minella Times won the Grand National in 2021, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, who became the first female jockey to win the race.
A letter to my daughter, Rachael Blackmore. 👩👧 pic.twitter.com/IylZUOyYpr
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) April 6, 2022
Who are the favourites to win this year’s Grand National?
The favourites to win this year’s Grand National according to Sky Bet are Snow Leopardess (7/1), Any Second Now (8/1) and Delta Work (8/1). Last year’s winner Minella Times is also moderately fancied, with the odds currently at 12/1.