The Grand National 2016 takes place this weekend, with Many Clouds aiming to following the footsteps of Red Rum and win the race for the second year in a row. Below is our guide to the 3 day meeting, and we have even studied the form to bring you tips for the race!
Grand Opening Day
The Grand National 2016 meeting starts with Grand Opening Day on the 7th of April, and the 4 Grade 1 contests are sure to provide racing of the highest quality. The highlight of the day could be the Aintree Hurdle, were the first 5 home from the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham are due to meet again. Our tip is Arzal in the opening race at 1.40.
Tickets are still available in both the Tattersalls and the grandstands, with prices from £26.
Following this is Ladies Day on the 8th of April, a day when just as much focus is on competitions off the track. This year’s prize for the style award is a Range Rover Evoke worth over £35000, and £8000 of prizes from Liverpool One. Our tip is Un Temps Pour Tout in the third race at 14.50.
Again tickets are still available in both the Tattersalls and the grandstands, prices start at £40.
The Grand National 2016
The final day of the meeting is Grand National Day itself on the 9th of April, with tickets costing £26 still available for the steeplechase enclosure. Over 600 million people worldwide are expected to tune in for Europe’s most valuable jumps race. But who will take home the spoils? Take a look at our tips for the race below.
Our tips for the big race!
Sir Des Champs 40/1, Goonyella 20/1
One of the biggest myths surrounding the National is that it’s a lottery, any horse can win it. However when you look back over the previous winners, they all seem to share a number of characteristics. You can narrow the field down considerably by excluding horses who don’t tick these boxes. In fact 9 of the last 10 winners were all:
- Aged either 9, 10 or 11 years old;
- Had a handicap rating above 135;
- Carried a weight of 11st 6lb or less;
- Had won a chase over a distance of at least three miles;
- Had run in at least ten chases;
Our picks from the horses that fit these criteria would be Sir Des Champs and Goonyella.
Many Clouds 8/1
Last year’s winner and the favourite for the race, is attempting to be the first horse since Red Rum to win back to back Grand Nationals. History is against him however, as he would become only the 2nd horse to win the National carrying top weight since the mid-1930s.
Cause of Causes 20/1
The weights for the national are announced on the 16th of February, so any performance after this date cannot be taken into account when the handicapper decides what a horse should carry. Cause of Causes was allocated 10st 1lb but ran a blinder at Cheltenham in March. Phil Smith, the official handicapper, has said he would raise his weight by 13lb if he had the option. However Cause of Causes’ strength could be his weakness, as he is carrying so little weight he isn’t guaranteed to run.