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Even the horses who hadn't won a high-class race had performed well in one. As mentioned earlier Rule The World had been placed in an Irish National and Pineau De Re had finished placed at the Cheltenham Festival.
Grand National trends - It's far safer to concentrate on runners with proven ability. These horses have shown that they are capable of being competitive at the highest level.
Concentrate on horses with proven ability in a decent class race. The last eight winners had all previously placed in a graded race, in fact, every winner since bar Balabriggs in had done so.
The first four home for the past three years came into the race having previously won a Class 1 race.
Horses with little jumping experience don't win Grand Nationals. To jump these large, difficult obstacles, a horse needs to have the confidence behind them which they have gained by jumping plenty of fences before.
Each of the last 20 Grand National winners had run at least ten times over fences before the start on the big day at Aintree. Grand National tips - this normally eliminates a few novices and those with little experience due to being off the course with injuries.
A tired and over-raced horse can't be expected to beat 39 other horses in the toughest race on earth. Horses who aren't at peak fitness will struggle.
The Grand National is usually run around three-four weeks after the Cheltenham Festival and many horses will have been trained so that they peak in time for Cheltenham, not Aintree.
Some would think that this leaves them at a big disadvantage and if they have been in a tough race at the festival, three weeks or so might not be enough time for some of them to recover.
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The runners started at a lane on the edge of the racecourse and raced away from the course out over open countryside towards the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The gates, hedges, and ditches that they met along the way were flagged to provide them with the obstacles to be jumped along the way with posts and rails erected at the two points where the runners jumped a brook.
The runners returned towards the racecourse by running along the edge of the canal before re-entering the course at the opposite end.
The runners then ran the length of the racecourse before embarking on a second circuit before finishing in front of the stands. The majority of the race, therefore, took place not on the actual Aintree Racecourse but instead in the adjoining countryside.
That countryside was incorporated into the modern course but commentators still often refer to it as "the country". There are 16 fences on the National Course topped with spruce from the Lake District.
The cores of 12 fences were rebuilt in and they are now made of a flexible plastic material which is more forgiving compared to the traditional wooden core fences.
Some of the jumps carry names from the history of the race. All 16 are jumped on the first lap, but on the final lap, the runners bear to the right onto the run-in for home, avoiding The Chair and the Water Jump.
The following is a summary of all 16 fences on the course:    . The drop on the landing side was reduced after the Grand National.
It was bypassed in on the final lap, after an equine casualty. The second became known as The Fan, after a mare who refused the obstacle three years in succession.
The name fell out of favour with the relocation of the fences. In the 20th became the first fence in Grand National history to be bypassed on the final lap, following an equine fatality.
Height: 5 feet 1. It was bypassed on the final lap for the first time in so that medics could treat a jockey who fell from his mount on the first lap and had broken a leg.
Becher's has always been a popular vantage point as it can present one of the most spectacular displays of jumping when the horse and rider meet the fence right.
Jockeys must sit back in their saddles and use their body weight as ballast to counter the steep drop. It takes its name from Captain Martin Becher who fell there in the first Grand National and took shelter in the small brook running along the landing side of the fence while the remainder of the field thundered over.
It is said that Becher later reflected: "Water tastes disgusting without the benefits of whisky. Before the First World War it was not uncommon for loose horses to continue straight ahead after the jump and end up in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal itself.
It was bypassed for the first time in on the final lap as vets arrived to treat a horse who fell on the first lap.
A grandstand was erected alongside the fence in the early part of the 20th century but fell into decline after the Second World War and was torn down in the s.
The runners then cross the Melling Road near to the Anchor Bridge, a popular vantage point since the earliest days of the race. This also marks the point where the runners are said to be re-entering the "racecourse proper".
In the early days of the race, it is thought there was an obstacle near this point known as the Table Jump, which may have resembled a bank similar to those still seen at Punchestown in Ireland.
In the s the Melling Road was also flanked by hedges and the runners had to jump into the road and then back out of it. Despite some tired runners falling on the 30th and appearing injured, no horse deaths have occurred at the 30th fence to date.
On the first lap of the race, runners continue around the course to negotiate two fences which are only jumped once:. The fence was the location where a distance judge sat in the earliest days of the race.
On the second circuit, he would record the finishing order from his position and declare any horse that had not passed him before the previous runner passed the finishing post as "distanced", meaning a non-finisher.
The practice was done away with in the s, but the monument where the chair stood is still there. The ground on the landing side is six inches higher than on the takeoff side, creating the opposite effect to the drop at Becher's.
The fence was originally known as the Monument Jump, but "The Chair" came into more frequent use in the s. Today it is one of the most popular jumps on the course for spectators.
The Water Jump was one of the most popular jumps on the course, presenting a great jumping spectacle for those in the stands and was always a major feature in the newsreels ' coverage of the race.
As the newsreels made way for television in the s, so, in turn, did the Water Jump fall under the shadow of its neighbour, The Chair, in popularity as an obstacle.
On the final lap, after the 30th fence, the remaining runners bear right, avoiding The Chair and Water Jump, to head onto a "run-in" to the finishing post.
The run-in is not perfectly straight: an "elbow" requires jockeys to make a slight right before finding themselves truly on the home straight.
When the concept of the Grand National was first envisaged it was designed as a race for gentlemen riders,  meaning men who were not paid to compete, and while this was written into the conditions of the early races many of the riders who weighed out for the race were professionals for hire.
Throughout the Victorian era the line between the amateur and professional sportsman existed only in terms of the rider's status, and the engagement of an amateur to ride in the race was rarely considered a handicap to a contender's chances of winning.
Many gentleman riders won the race before the First World War. Although the number of amateurs remained high between the wars their ability to match their professional counterparts gradually receded.
After the Second World War, it became rare for any more than four or five amateurs to take part in any given year.
The last amateur rider to win the race is Marcus Armytage , who set the still-standing course record of Frisk in By the 21st century, however, openings for amateur riders had become very rare with some years passing with no amateur riders at all taking part.
Those that do in the modern era are most usually talented young riders who are often close to turning professional. We will update Grand National odds on the favourites as soon as the antepost betting market is available.
As the event is likely to run in , everyone is already wondering who to bet on. Who are the Grand National favourites?
We did our research and there are four horses at the top of our list when it comes to who to bet on Grand National. One of the most impressive things about the unlikely victory for Gregalach was the fact that this Grand National featured the most horses at the start of any race in the history of the event.
The race featured an astounding 57 horses that did not finish the course, while the nine horses that did manage to complete the race were mostly huge underdogs.
Of the 57 horses that started the race, there was not an equal to the eight-year-old on that day. It has been said that three jockeys turned down the opportunity to ride him in the event before John Buckingham accepted the chance to take part in the race.
With the historic performance that Buckingham and Foinavon turned in, it should go without saying that the jockey does not regret the decision to take a chance on a horse that nobody else wanted to ride.
He did so by holding off two of the favourites in the race, Comply or Die and My Will. This year at the behind-closed-doors race Williams is pinning his hopes on talented six-year-old Secret Reprieve - the ante-post favourite to be ridden by Adam Wedge - and Prime Venture.
Secret Reprieve carries the colours of the Rucker family - for whom Williams trained Cappa Bleu to finish third in as well as Aintree Grand National regular State Of Play, among many others.
Williams added: "I'd like to do it for Wales, fly the flag for Wales, but most importantly I'd like to do it for the horse and the owners - because both sets of owners are massive supporters, and I get an awful lot of enjoyment out of training winners for them.
It would mean an awful lot to me to win any of them. This weekend's event has been officially named the 'Coral Welsh Grand National run in memory of Kim Gingell ' - in memory of the daughter of Colin and Pauline Tizzard, and sister of Joe Tizzard, who died in May.
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