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There is no bigger horse race in the world than the Aintree Grand National, and the betting for the historic handicap is equally mammoth in the lead up. The odds for the 2020 renewal are up, and unsurprisingly, Tiger Roll is already a single-figure price to win the race for the third year running. After initial doubts, he seems likely to take his place next year, so it is no surprise that he is a commanding favourite, while the 2019 Irish National winner Burrows Saint is the second favourite at the time of writing. 

Grand National 2020 Runners

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Tiger Roll

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  • Age: 9 /
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  • Trainer: G Elliott /

Created history when becoming the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the race since the great Red Rum in 1974. Like a fine wine, he seems to be getting better with age, and has seemingly been given the green light to go in pursuit of a third straight win in the race in 2020. He'll still only be a ten-year-old by then, and assuming he isn't punished too heavily by the handicapper (had a mark of 159 last year), and everything goes to plan this term on the track, he will arrive with a favourite's chance. 

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Burrows Saint

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  • Age: 6 /
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  • Trainer: W P Mullins /

Rapidly progressed as a novice chaser last season, culminating in victory in the Irish National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. He looks a Grade 1 chaser in the making, catching the eye when fifth on his first try at that level at Auteuil in May, and it will be interesting to see how he's campaigned this year with his handicap mark in mind. 

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Magic Of Light

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  • Age: 8 /
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  • Trainer: Mrs J Harrington /

Likeable mare, who ran a screamer when finishing second on her first try in the race as a 66/1 shot in the 2019 renewal. She took really well to the National Course that day, looking a natural, and although her mark will likely be higher and her price will be much shorter this time around, she can't be discounted. 

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Frodon

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  • Age: 7 /
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  • Trainer: P F Nicholls /

Runner description coming soon

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Rathvinden

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  • Age: 11 /
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  • Trainer: W P Mullins /

A proven stayer who was third in this race last season. Winner of the 4 miler at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival he's very lightly raced for his age and could come back for another crack at the big one.

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Native River

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  • Age: 9 /
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  • Trainer: C L Tizzard /

A class act, a winner of half of his sixteen starts over chase fences, including the 2018 Gold Cup, the 2016 Welsh National, a Hennessy and two Denman Chases. 5th in last year's Gold Cup, looks ready made for a crack at the Grand National.

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Talkischeap

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  • Age: 7 /
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  • Trainer: A King /

Winner of the Bet365 Gold Cup last season, one to keep an eye on as a second season chaser in handicap company. Won three of his five starts over hurdles and two from six over chase fences.

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Pleasant Company

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  • Age: 11 /
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  • Trainer: W P Mullins /

Has now had three cracks at the Grand National finishing 9th in 2017, beaten a head in 2018 behind Tiger Roll before unseating in last year's renewal. He's not getting any younger and looks like his best chance has gone.

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Any Second Now

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  • Age: 7 /
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  • Trainer: T M Walsh /

Winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in 2019, he was well fancied for the Irish Grand National last season before falling at the 8th fence. One to keep an eye on during his 2020 campaign. One win over chase fences and two over hurdles.

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Anibale Fly

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  • Age: 9 /
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  • Trainer: A J Martin /

3rd in this last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Native River, he finished fifth in the 2019 Grand National behind Tiger Roll. Campaigned lightly last season Tony Martin will likely come back for a third crack at the race in 2019. A winner of 3 chases, 2 hurdle races and 2 National Hunt Flat races.

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Grand National Tips

Our tips for the 2020 Grand National at Aintree will appear here slightly closer to the time. 

What is the Aintree Grand National?

The most famous horse race on the planet, the Grand National is the single biggest day of the season at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside. 

Run over a mammoth trip of four miles, two furlongs and 110 yards, and run over the unique National course, the National is the ultimate test of a racehorse, and a maximum field of 40-runners head to post each season. 

The race has undergone several changes in the last few years, both to boost the prize money and to improve the safety of the race for the participants - both equine and human. Indeed, with a prize fund of £1 million on offer since 2017, the race is becoming more and more attractive to the very best staying chasers in training - something shown by the fact that Tiger Roll became the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back renewals of the Aintree spectacular. 

Grand National day is the one true day of the year where the Sport of Kings hits the mainstream, and everyone from devoted sports fans to your grandparents take a vested interest in the race. Keep your eyes peeled on HorseRacing.net for news, views, pointers and tips in the run-up to the 2020 National at Aintree. 

What happened in the 2019 Grand National?

The 2019 renewal of the National will never be forgotten, as Tiger Roll made history by becoming the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1974 to win the race twice. 

Tiger Roll took his chance off a mark that was 9 lb higher than for his win the previous year, but he arrived at Aintree in the form of his live, having taken apart the field in the previous month's Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Stalking the front-running Rathvinden, Tiger Roll made smooth progress into the race, before moving into the lead ahead of the mare Magic of Light at the final flight, and pulling clear to seal an historic success. Still only a 10-year-old in 2020, Tiger Roll will have outstanding claims of sealing a third straight National win, and earning his place alongside Red Rum as the greatest ever. 

The history of the Aintree Grand National

No race in the world can match the Grand National for history and prestige, and the roll of honour for the Aintree spectacular is a special one. Recent winners of the National include Mon Mome, who memorably cause a 100/1 shock in 2009, and Don't Push It, who gave AP McCoy his first and only win in the race 12 months later.

First run all the way back in 1839, the National has grown not only into a huge sporting event, but also a part of the culture in both the UK and around the world, with a huge TV audience sitting down to watch the race each spring.

The most famous renewal of the race, though, is perhaps from 1967, when the shock of all shocks occurred. A huge pile-up at the 23rd fence ended the chances of a huge majority of the field, and only the tailed-off outsider Foinavon was able to navigate the obstacle at the first attempt. Foinavon was able to build up a huge lead as a consequence, and although several runners remounted and began a pursuit - including the favourite Honey End - their chase was in vein, and Foinavon completed an almighty upset, returning home as a 100/1 winner. 

There have been some memorable moments in recent years, too, including the race that never was in 1993, when a number of runners completed the entire race without realising that a false start was called. That was followed by the Monday National in 1997 after an IRA bomb scare cancelled the original race on the Saturday, while there was only four finishers in a particularly attritional 2001 renewal.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Aintree Grand National?

We have already mentioned Tiger Roll on this page, and he deserves another mention here, but there is no doubt that, for now at least, Red Rum is the clear winner of the category.

The Ginger McCain-trained horse dominated the National in the 1970s - when the race was arguably much tougher to win in terms of the size of the fences and the test on offer - and "Rummy" made the race his own. In five consecutive years between 1973 and 1977 we saw Red Rum win the race three times and finish second in the other two - a remarkable run of form which saw him enter Liverpool folklore. Red Rum is buried at Aintree, and rightly so.

Are there any trials for the Grand National?

There is a tried and tested route to the National, and we will be featuring all the main contenders right here on the way to Liverpool.

In terms of trials, there are two main races in the UK which serve that defined purpose - the Becher Chase at Aintree in early December, and the Grand National Trial at Haydock every February. Other races to note include the Welsh National at Chepstow, the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster and the Eider Chase at Newcastle. Over in Ireland, the Bobbyjo Chase tends to be a target for National runners.  

Who is the most successful jockey in the Grand National?

We have to go back to the 19th century for the leading jockey, with George Stevens claiming the National five times in a relatively short period. Stevens claimed success on Freetrader (1856), Emblem (1863), Emblematic (1864) and the Colonel (1869 and 1870) in the world's most famous steeplechase.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Grand National?

There are three trainers with four wins in the National; George Dockeray, Fred Rimell and Ginger McCain top of the winners table. McCain saw Amberleigh House win in 2004 to add to his three victories with Red Rum (1973, 1974 and 1977), and that was a day that will live long in the memory. 

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