Your essential guide to the 2017 Grand National

The Grand National. It’s the nation’s favourite race and as the nation’s favourite bookmaker we’re on hand to give you all of the essential information you need ahead of the 2017 renewal.

Aintree’s 4m2f test (or 4m2f74y to be precise) is the most famous steeplechase in the world with 600m viewers set to tune in and a record £250m expected to be gambled on the 170th running.

A maximum of 40 horses will take part with the final declarations made around 10am on Thursday 6 April.

We’ll all be having a flutter and we’ll certainly have an opinion on the race or a theory about how to pick the winner.

But to kick-off, here are the basics…

What time is the 2017 Grand National?

The Grand National takes place on Saturday 8 April and will once again have the later start time of 17:15.

So, you can still follow your footy Acca and the rest of the top-quality racing on Merseyside before the big one gets underway.

How can I watch the Grand National?

The Grand National will be broadcast live on ITV1 with ITV Racing broadcasting five races in total from Aintree on Saturday.

The programme will begin at 14:00 with races at 14:25, 15:00, 15:40, 16:20 and of course 17:15.

Racing UK will also be broadcasting the Grand National, as well as the rest of the Aintree card, including the 13:45 opener.

Alternatively, place a minimum bet of £1 to watch the race live at

What are the Grand National odds?

You can find the latest Grand National odds at, online and on mobile.

As of Tuesday 4 April, Brian Ellison’s Grimthorpe Chase winner Definitly Red was the 10/1 favourite with Grand National Trial hero Vieux Lion Rouge next best at 11/1.

David Pipe trains the latter and also saddles the final horse on the list of 40, La Vaticane.

Odds range from 10/1 to 100/1 so as always there’s plenty of value to be had.

We’ve gone Non Runner No Bet meaning you’re covered should your selection fail to line-up.

Plus, we’re now paying out on 5 places! Each Way bets. Online and Mobile only.

As well as odds for the race itself, we have a number of specials priced-up here.

Top trends ahead of this year’s Grand National

Every winner since World War II (1946) has been aged between 8 and 12.

There have only been two winning favourites in the last 10 years with the last five victors going off at 33/1, 25/1, 25/1, 66/1 and 33/1 respectively.

Only three of the last 10 winners have carried more than 11-0.

Seven of the previous 10 winners finished in the first four on their last completed start.

In the last eight years, seven winners have been rated 143+.

Irish bred horses have won six of the last 10 runnings.

Good luck!

Click here for the latest Grand National odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing


William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.