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The Aintree Festival, and the 176th operating of the Randox Grand National, is nearly upon us.

A complete of 25 horses have been withdrawn from Saturday’s large race – together with the controversial Monbeg Genius – leaving 55 in rivalry to run. Check our complete information to the runners and riders for full particulars. The subsequent spherical of scratches will come on the five-day confirmations stage on Monday, April 8.

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When is the Aintree Grand National?

The Grand National is the spotlight of Aintree’s three-day Grand National Festival, which runs this 12 months from Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13.

The fundamental occasion, the Grand National itself, is on the Saturday afternoon.

What time does the 2024 Grand National begin?

The runners shall be despatched on their method at 4pm on Saturday, April 13.

The begin time has been introduced ahead from 5.15pm, after the controversial 2023 version of the race, to be able to enhance the probability of fine floor. The Jockey Club mentioned the brand new begin time was a part of “an ongoing focus on equine welfare”.

Where is the 2024 Grand National held?

The race takes place at Aintree Racecourse, on the outskirts of Liverpool. Since the primary version in 1839, the race has by no means formally been held wherever else.

Are Grand National tickets obtainable?

Tickets for every day of the competition are on sale by way of the Jockey Club web site. For the day of the Grand National costs begin at £45 for adults in The Embankment. Many different enclosures have already bought out. The most costly hospitality bundle on sale is £1,225. Car parking is a further £35, or £60 if you wish to park inside straightforward strolling distance of the course.

How many horses run within the Grand National?

For 2024, the entire variety of horses within the Grand National has been diminished from 40 to 34, to be able to enhance the protection of the race. The highest variety of runners was 66, in 1929. The race has additionally featured as few as 10 horses, again in 1883.

When are the horses introduced?

The ultimate 34 horses shall be confirmed on Thursday – 48 hours earlier than the race. As of final 12 months, if a horse is withdrawn after these 48-hour declarations, that horse won’t get replaced.

Initial entries for the race needed to be made by February 6, with the BHA then publishing the weights (see under) two weeks later, on February 20. The five-day declarations happen on Monday, at which level the sector shall be whittled right down to 50.

Only a sure variety of horses meet the standards for being allowed to enter the Grand National. Among the {qualifications} they need to:

  • have an official score (OR) of 130 or extra (in 2023, horses want solely have a score of 125)
  • be aged 7 or older,
  • have accomplished three or extra steeplechases,
  • have accomplished one steeplechase within the present season,
  • have completed between 1st and 4th in a steeplechase over 2 miles 7½ furlongs or additional.

What is the race distance?

Traditionally, the Grand National has been described as a 4½-mile race. The official distance, nonetheless, is 4 miles, two furlongs and 74 yards (4m 2f 74y). This distance is measured two yards contained in the innermost rail.

The Grand National is the longest soar race held within the UK.

How lengthy does the Grand National final?

About 9 minutes. The file for the course is 8min 47.8sec, held by Mr Frisk in 1990. The jockey that day, Marcus Armytage, is now Telegraph Sport’s racing correspondent.

How many fences are there within the Grand National?

There are 16 particular person fences within the race, 14 of that are jumped twice. That makes a complete of 30 jumps.

The fences are constructed from Sitka spruce or Norway spruce, which is transported to Aintree from the Lake District in a fleet of lorries. It takes about three weeks to assemble all of the fences.