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Crabbies Grand National

The third and final feature race of the Aintree festival is the Crabbies Grand National steeple chase. The Grand National is an annual horse racing event watched by millions globally, it’s a horse racing event that has a magical effect on all spectators that have the pleasure of watching it. The National was first run in 1839 as part of the National Hunt chase season in England and has been the main feature race of the Aintree festival for many years.

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The Grand National always provides excitement for spectators, whether you’re at home watching it, or at Aintree watching the race live, as soon as that tape is released and the horses begin galloping that is when the excitement and the adrenalin starts to kick in. Hundreds of millions of people will once again have their eyes fixated on this magical race this year, which we think just shows why there is such a magic feeling about this race and why over 600 million people globally tuned in to watch the Crabbies Grand National in 2016.

Grand National – Our Guide


The Grand National always takes place at Aintree racecourse during the Aintree festival, normally in the first week of April every year. The National is also a big part of the National Hunt chase season in England too. To gain entry into the Crabbies Grand National chase, there are a couple of requirements, the horse needs to be 7Yrs old or above, rated at 120+ by the British Horseracing Authority, must have placed in a recognised chase with a distance in excess of 3 miles long and be within the maximum weight restriction of 11st 10lbs.


Past Winners


There have been many winners of the Grand National steeple chase, as you would expect from a race that has been going for 177 years, none more memorable than legendary ‘Red Rum’ who won the Grand National 3 times. Image of Red Rum below.

Three Times Grand National Winner - Red Rum

Three Times Grand National Winner – The Legendary Red Rum

We have provided you with a list of the past 6 winners of this spectacular race, including the 2016 winner ‘Rule The World’, who you can also see an image of above.

If you take a look below you will see the winners list.

  • 2016: Rule The World
  • 2015: Many Clouds
  • 2014: Pineau de Re
  • 2013: Auroras Encore
  • 2012: Neptune Collonges
  • 2011: Ballabriggs

Runners & Results – Crabbies Grand National 2017

Below you will find a list of the top 45 horses that have been named to run in the National. Below the runners, you’ll also see a list of results for the 2016 Grand National.

  1. Many Clouds
  2. The Last Samuri
  3. Silviniaco Conti
  4. Holywell
  5. The Druids Nephew
  6. Saint Are
  7. Gallant Oscar
  8. Cause Of Causes
  9. Shutthefrontdoor
  10. Goonyella
  11. Bishops Road
  12. Morning Assembly
  13. Boston Bob
  14. Kruzhlinin
  15. Ucello Conti
  16. OFaolains Boy
  17. Unioniste
  18. Triolo Dalene
  19. Sir Des Champs
  20. First Lieutenant
  21. Rule The World
  22. The Romford Pele
  23. Just A Par
  24. Wonderful Charm
  25. Onenightinvienna
  26. Soll
  27. Le Reve
  28. Alvarado
  29. On His Own
  30. Buywise
  31. Hadrians Approach
  32. Highland Lodge
  33. Ballynagour
  34. Gilgamboa
  35. Rocky Creek
  36. Vieux Lion Rouge
  37. Midnight Prayer
  38. Mountainous
  39. Pineau De Re
  40. Royale Knight
  41. Black Thunder
  42. Vics Canvas
  43. Double Seven
  44. Pendra
  45. Ballycasey

39 Ran: Result Finished: 1st Rule The World, 2nd The Last Samuri, 3rd Vics Canvas, 4th Gilgamboa, 5th Goonyella & 6th Ucello Conti.


Best Grand National Racecourse App

If you are planning on visiting the Aintree racecourse, we would highly recommend that you check out the Aintree Racecourse App. It’s by far the best Aintree smartphone app on the market and has lots of interesting information on the racecourse and about the Crabbies Grand National festival too.

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