Your Grand National guide

Grand National It’s the world famous steeplechase this weekend. It’s watched by over half of all family households – many of whom indulge in a once-a-year traditional flutter. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of heading to Aintree for the first time.

What to wear: Getting glammed up is all part of the fun and pretty much anything goes although sportswear and fancy dress are a no-no on National day.

Where to stand: The Tattersalls enclosure is the most atmospheric spot and has access to the parade ring, winner’s enclosure and Red Rum lawn, which commemorates the National’s greatest winner. Or avoid the hustle and bustle in one of the five grandstands – the County Roof has a bird’s-eye view of the winning post.

Coverage: If you haven’t a ticket catch the action on Channel 4 along with 600 million viewers worldwide or on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Fancy a flutter?

There are no previous Grand National winners in this year’s field so none have a proven track record on this difficult course. However we’ve asked the tipsters who they’re putting their money on…

Teaforthree who came third last year

Mountainous who won the Welsh National last year

Colbert Station who is owned by winning trainer JP McManus

But remember: as any Grand National fan knows – everything can change on the day!

3 Responses to Your Grand National guide

  1. Paul says:

    Great brill

  2. Ann Holding says:

    I was born and brought up near Aintree Racecourse and my family always said “if the going is soft (ie the ground is muddy ) an outsider will win. If the ground is hard then a favourite will win. They were usually right.

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