AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2021
GOOD MORNING RACING FANS
A very warm welcome to Sun Racing’s live coverage of another busy week of horse racing as we build up to Saturday’s Randox Grand National.
Before then, we have some top class racing from Aintree which starts tomorrow afternoon.
The biggest names in UK jumps racing will head to Liverpool – some still on a high from Cheltenham while some will have been licking their wounds and hoping to bounce back.
A place in history, the thrill of victory… and a bulging bank account are all guaranteed for coming first in the big one on Saturday.
But just how much will they get?
Connections of Saturday’s winner will pocket a whopping £375,000.
This will be divided between the horse’s owners, the trainer and the jockey.
The total prize fund for this year’s race is £750,000.
Six figures is nothing to be sniffed at but the effect of no punters on racecourses has been felt, with the overall pot falling £250,000 since three years ago.
And a supercomputer has predicted an upset is on the cards at the Grand National, with 33-1 and 40-1 outsiders tipped to shine.
Experts have run the data on all the previous Grand Nationals at Aintree – dating right back to 1863.
Boffins delved deep into the figures to look at the most common characteristics of winning horses.
They looked at the horses’ ages, weights, names, the colour of the silks of the winning jockey and the name of the trainer.
One of those is the Willie Mullins-trained Class Conti, who comes in at 33-1.
The other was 40-1 chance The Long Mile, who is owned by Irish racing tycoon JP McManus.
It promises to be another stellar week and we build-up to the festival starting tomorrow!