The Grand National at Aintree is a highlight in the calendar and the world’s greatest steeplechase event.
It’s so unpredictable and the huge field navigating several testing jumps means that it’s anyone’s guess as to who will win. Plenty of shocks have been produced and this year could be similar.
The 2024 race will take place on Saturday, April 13 at Aintree in Liverpool but the process leading up to the big event begins now.
One key factor in who wins could be weight. Carrying less weight than your rivals can make all the difference in the race which uses the handicap system to level the field and give everyone the best chance.
The top-weighted horse will be the highest rated, with every other handicap weight worked out based on each horse’s rating.
Grand National odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise, everything you need to know is below.
Who won the Grand National last year?
Last year’s Grand National winner was Corach Rambler who benefited from carrying 10st 5lbs.
How many horses are entered for the Grand National this year?
94 horses hold entries for the Grand National, but only a maximum final field of 34 runners are permitted.
This is down six from the usual 40 and is one of several measures implemented by the BHA to help improve safety.
When are the Grand National weights published?
The handicapper ratings are crucial in deciding which horses stand their ground and make the field.
The highest weight a horse can carry in the Grand National is 11st 12lbs while the lowest weight is 10st 2lbs.
The Grand National weights are published on Tuesday, February 20. That is a crucial date as no penalties can be incurred after the weights are announced.
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