Grand National 2022: Your Guide

April 9th is one of the biggest dates on the horse racing calendar this year – The Randox Grand National. This is the biggest horse race of the year in the UK – and one of the most popular races in the world. If you aren’t already aware that BoyleSports sponsors the Irish Grand National, you can check out their platform for the best racing odds and betting markets.

 

But before you do, here is everything you need to know about the 2022 Randox Grand National.

Where and When

The Randox Grand National Handicap Chase Grade 3 is happening at 5:15pm on Saturday, 9th April 2022 at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside. It will be broadcast on ITV1 and Racing TV.

Who Will Win?

 

This year Delta Work, trained by Gordon Elliot is the favourite to win, after having beaten two-time Aintree winner and stablemate Tiger Roll in March in the Cross Country Chase, Cheltenham.

 

Elliot also has another good runner – Escaria Ten. This horse was just narrowly beaten recently by Any Second Now, also set for another shot at the title, which was won last year by Rachael Blackmore on Minella Times.

 

More possible contenders include Enjoy D’allen, Farclas, Longhouse Poet, Run Wild Fred and Burrows Saint – leading challengers coming over from the Emerald Isle.

 

One of the top contenders for Britain is Snow Leopardess, trained by Charlie Longsdon. However, she will have to defy the odds and become the first mare to have a foal and then go on to win the Grand National.

 

Other names that stand out in the ante-post market are Fiddlerontheroof (trained by Colin Tizzard), Kildisart (trained by Ben Pauling) and Good Boy Bobby (trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies).

 

Anyone looking for a risky outside bet might look at Death Duty, Top Ville Ben and Discorama.

 

About the Race

The Grand National is a race run over the course of 4m2f and 74 yards. It is only open to horses who have had a top four finish in any steeplechase run over a distance of more than 2m7f and 110 yards – and they must have run a minimum of three steeplechases. Another condition is that they must have a rating of 125 or more and be aged 7 years or older.

 

There are 30 fences in total including Becher’s Brook, famous for its steep landing, which has to be cleared twice in the race. Although it has been reshaped to improve safety, it is still a tricky customer and one of the most famous jumps in the sport.

 

Another notable jump is Foinavon, named after the only horse that managed to clear it in 1967. This isn’t quite as tough as Becher’s Brook, but it can catch jockeys out.

 

The Chair jump is only jumped once. It is tall, deep and has a slightly higher landing side, which requires organisation. Following this is a water jump – which leads runners into the final circuit.

 

The Grand National Festival Schedule

Here is the entire schedule and race timing for the Randox Grand National 2002

 

Opening  Day: Thursday 7th April

  • 1.45pm:    Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m4f (Grade 1)
  • 2.20pm:    Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle 2m1f (Grade 1)
  • 2.55pm:    Betway Bowl Steeple Chase 3m1f (Grade 1)
  • 3.30pm:    Betway Aintree Hurdle 2m4f (Grade 1)
  • 4.05pm:    Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase 2m5f (Class 2)
  • 4.40pm:     Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase 2m (Grade 3)
  • 5.15pm:    Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat 2m1f (Grade 2)

 

Ladies Day – Friday 8th April

  • 1.45pm:    Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle 2m4f (Grade 3)
  • 2.20pm:     Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle 2m1/2f (Grade 1)
  • 2.50pm:    Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase 3m1f  (Grade 1)
  • 3.25pm:    Marsh Steeple Chase 2m4f (Grade 1)
  • 4,05pm:    Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase 2m5f (Grade 3)
  • 4.40pm:    Doom Bar Sefton Novices Hurdle 3m1/2f (Grade 1)
  • 5.15pm:    Lydiate Handicap Hurdle 2m1f (Class 2)

 

Grand National Day: Saturday 9th April

  • 1.45pm:    EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle 3m1/2f (Grade 3)
  • 2.25pm:    Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle 2m4f (Grade 1)
  • 3.00pm:     Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m (Grade 1)
  • 3.35pm:    Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle 3m1/2f (Grade 1)
  • 4.15pm:    Betway Handicap Steeple Chase 3m (Listed)

5.15pm:    Randox Grand National Steeple Chase 4m21/2f  (Grade 3)