The Betfair Grand National Trial, formerly the Totesport.com Grand National Trial, is an important race in the horse racing calendar that takes place in February each year at Haydock. It is important as it serves as a trial for the Grand National at Aintree in April, and it is a great opportunity for punters to check out form, place a few bets and learn plenty ahead of placing that ante-post bet for Aintree.
Formerly known as the Blue Square Gold Cup, the race itself takes place over a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs, with 22 fences to be negotiated, and it is a Grade 3 handicap race that is open to horses aged 5-years-old and over.
It boasts some impressive names on its winners board from the past, including Cool Ground who won in 1992 before going on the win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and Party Politics who won the Grand National before winning the Grand National trial as odds on favourite.
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|1st||7. Lie Forrit||P Buchanan||Miss L Russell||8/1|
|2nd||13. Harry The Viking||D R Fox||A Thomson||12/1|
|3rd||3. Monbeg Dude||A P McCoy||M Scudamore||13/2|
|2001||Frantic Tan||9||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2003||Shotgun Willy||9||Paul Nicholls|
|2004||Jurancon II||7||Martin Pipe|
|2005||Forest Gunner||11||Richard Ford|
|2008||Miko de Beauchene||8||Robert & Sally Alner|
|2009||Rambling Minster||11||Keith Reveley|
|2010||Silver by Nature||8||Lucinda Russell|
|2011||Silver By Nature||9||Lucinda Russell|
|2012||Giles Cross||10||Victor Dartnall|
|2013||Well Refreshed||9||Gary Moore|
|2014||Rigadin De Beauchene||9||Venetia Williams|
The world famous Grand National is the most famous race in the calendar as much of the UK comes to a standstill to watch the horses negotiate the four and half mile race and its 30 hurdles.
It is a race that makes legends out of horses, and none more so than the great Red Rum who claimed victory three times in the 1970s. In more recent times the winner has tended to be more experienced with several winners aged 9 or 10 which is worth noting when considering your ante-post bet.
It is a great opportunity for the punter, whether new or experienced, to get involved in the ante-post betting ahead of the big day at Aintree in April.....
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