The Grand National

the grand national 2020

The Grand National is the most famous and prestigious horse race in the world and takes place annually in April at Aintree Racecourse.

The Randox Health Grand National Festival is a three-day event featuring 21 races with the Grand National race taking place on the final day. This year, the festival will run from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th April 2020. Over 150,000 people will attend the festival and an estimated 600,000 people will watch the Grand National on the Saturday.

On this page, we’ll be providing information about the Grand National such as a full list of entries, current Grand National betting offers, betting tips and a number of Grand National trends which may help you pick a winner.

2020 Grand National Information

  • Festival Dates: 2nd April – 4th April 2020
  • Location: Aintree Racecourse
  • Distance: 4 miles & 1/4 furlong
  • Fences to be jumped: 30
  • Grand National Race Start Time: 5.15pm
  • How to Watch: Live on ITV

How to watch the Grand National

The 2020 Grand National will be broadcast live on ITV. You will also be able to stream the Grand National either through the ITV Player app or via some online bookmaker websites. Be aware that some bookmakers may require you to place a bet on the race in order to access the live stream through your account.

How to bet on the Grand National

You’ll be able to bet on the Grand National with the vast majority of bookmakers whether it be online or in a betting shop. Don’t worry if you’ve never placed a bet before or know nothing about horse racing as you’ll be joining millions of other people in the same situation. The Grand National is renowned for attracting bets from those who would generally not place bets on horse racing and with 40 horses running in the race, you have just a good a chance as anyone else at picking the winner. Despite many people believing picking a winner is pot luck in the Grand National, you can increase your chances by selecting a horse which meets the criteria of past winners. You can also take advantage of the number of free bets and betting offers which will be available from a variety of bookmakers which can add value to your bets.

See below for some tips on picking a winner in the Grand National and to view some of the Grand National betting offers which are available.

Grand National Betting Offers

Many bookmakers will be running an increased number of betting offers in the run-up and on the day of the race. We advise you to sign up to as many bookmakers prior to the Grand National Festival starting as some of these offers will not be available on the day of the race.

Betfair is one bookmaker which will be running a number of offers on the 2020 Grand National and often provide the best odds. Click here to take a look at this years Grand National odds.

Betting offers which you can expect to be available on the 2020 include:

Extra Places: Get paid out on more places on your each way bets.

Refunds: There will be various types of refund offers available. Some bookmakers will be offering your stake back if your horse finishes 2nd/3rd/4th etc and some will offer a refund if your horse falls or unseats its rider.

Free Bets: There will also be a number of free bet offers available. An example would be ‘Bet £10 on the Grand National and get a £10 free bet’. Essentially, this gives you a chance to back a second horse using your free bet.

Best Odds Guaranteed: Many bookmakers will be offering Best Odds Guaranteed on the Grand National. With this offer, if the Starting Price (SP) of your horse is greater than the odds you took when you placed your bet, should it win, your bet will be settled at the higher odds.

Non-Runner No Bet: This offer applies to ante-post bets which are bets placed in advance of the day of the race. Should your horse not run for any reason such as through injury, illness or simply not be one of the final 40 horses to enter, you will receive your stake back.

How to pick a winner of the Grand National

As mentioned above, we can look at the previous winners of the Grand National and determine if there are any similarities between them. For example, if 9 of the last 10 winners were aged 9, it may be a sensible choice to back a horse in the 2020 Grand National of this age.

Below are some trends of previous Grand National winners which may help you pick a winner.


The Grand National course isn’t an easy one and so experience is essential. 23 of the last 28 Grand National winners were aged 9 or older which is a 82.1% win rate for horses of this age. However, the last few years have seen exceptions with 3 of the last 4 winners being 8 years old.

In the last 30 years, only 2 horses have won the Grand National who were not aged between 8 and 11. Therefore, this age range seems to be a good indicator of a winner.


The Grand National course consists of 30 fences to be jumped. Therefore, picking a horse which has a good record over fences and which doesn’t fall or unseat its rider often is essential.

The fences used on the Grand National course are spruce-covered and not used very much in other races. Therefore, not many horses have experience over them. Only 6 of the last 28 Grand National winners had run the race in previous years. However, 12 of the last 28 winners had won or had placed in a race with similar style fences.

As mentioned, picking a horse which is a solid jumper is essential given the number of and how challenging the fences are. Just 2 of the last 22 Grand National winners had unseated their rider or had fallen more than twice prior to winning the National.


The Grand National is over a course distance of 4 miles and 1/4 furlong which makes it a testing run for many horses. Therefore, selecting a horse which has proven stamina is a good choice.

48 of the last 49 Grand National winners had won over 3 miles previously. That’s a 98% win rate based on this statistic.

Betting Odds

The betting odds of each horse should be a good indicator of how likely the horse is to win the Grand National. The lower the odds, the better chance they have of winning.

Only 5 of the last 28 Grand National winners had gone off at a price lower than 10/1 and the average odds of winners over the last 10 years is 24/1 which included a 66/1 win from Auroras Encore and a 4/1 win last year from Tiger Roll. Only 7 horses since 1950 have won the Grand National at odds of over 33/1.

You can find the best odds on the 2020 Grand National at Betfair.

Grand National Previous Winners

Below is a list of previous winners of the Grand National covering the last 10 years.

2019Tiger Roll911-5Gordon ElliottDavy Russell4/1
2018Tiger Roll810-13Gordon ElliottDavy Russell14/1
2017One For Arthur810-11Lucinda RussellDerek Fox14/1
2016Rule The World910-07Mouse MorrisDavid Mullins33/1
2015Many Clouds811-09Oliver SherwoodLeighton Aspell25/1
2014Pineau De Re1110-06Dr Richard NewlandLeighton Aspell25/1
2013Auroras Encore1110-03Mrs S SmithRyan Mania66/1
2012Neptune Collonges1111-06P NichollsD Jacob33/1
2011Ballabriggs1011-00D McCainJ Maguire14/1
2010Don’t Push It1011-05J O’NeillAP McCoy10/1JF

2020 Grand National Entries

The deadline for entries into the 2020 Grand National was Wednesday 29th January and the full list of all 105 entries can be found below.

Not all of these horses will run in the Grand National as there are only 40 places. Five-day confirmations will take place on 30th March with final declarations announced on 2nd April.

A Toi PhilFR10Gary Moore
Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 10Willie Mullins IRE
Acting Lass (IRE) 9 Harry Fry
Activial (FR) 10Tom George
Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 10 Gordon Elliott IRE
Ami Desbois (FR) 10Graeme McPherson
Anibale Fly (FR) 10Tony Martin IRE
Any Second Now (IRE) 8Ted Walsh IRE
As de Mee (FR) 10 Paul Nicholls
Aso (FR) 10Venetia Williams
Atlanta Ablaze 9Henry Daly
Ballyoptic (IRE) 10Nigel Twiston-Davies
Beware The Bear (IRE) 10Nicky Henderson
Borice (FR) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Bristol de Mai (FR) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Burrows Saint (FR) 7Willie Mullins IRE
Cabaret Queen 8Willie Mullins IRE
Cadmium (FR)8
Champagne Classic (IRE)9Gordon Elliott IRE
Chef des Obeaux (FR) 8Willie Mullins IRE
Chris’s Dream (IRE) 8Henry de Bromhead IRE
Class Conti (FR)8Willie Mullins IRE
Cogry11Nigel Twiston-Davies
Crievehill(IRE) 8Nigel Twiston-Davies
Dalko Moriviere (FR) 7Jerome Larrigade FR
Dallas des Pictons (FR) 7Gordon Elliott IRE
Death Duty (IRE) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Definitly Red (IRE) 11Brian Ellison
Delta Work (FR)7 Gordon Elliott IRE
Dingo Dollar (IRE) 8Alan King
Disco d’Authie (FR)11David Cottin FR
Double Shuffle (IRE) 10Tom George
Dounikos (FR) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Dragon d’Estru val (FR) 7Nicky Henderson
Elegant Escape (IRE) 8Colin Tizzard
Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 10Neil Mulholland
Fitzhenry (IRE)8Paul Nolan IRE
Flying Angel (IRE) 9Nigel Twiston-Davies
General Principle (IRE) 11Gordon Elliott IRE
Give Me A Copper (IRE) 10Paul Nicholls
Heron Heights(IRE) 11Henry de Bromhead IRE
Hogan’s Height (IRE)9Jamie Snowden
Jett (IRE) 9Jessica Harrington IRE
Joe Farrell (IRE) 11Rebecca Curtis
Jury Duty (IRE) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Kildisart (IRE)8Ben Pauling
Kilfilum Cross (IRE) 9Henry Oliver
Kimberlite Candy (IRE)8Tom Lacey
Lake View Lad (IRE) 10Nick Alexander
Le Breuil (FR) 8Ben Pauling
Lord du Mesnil (FR) 7Richard Hobson
Magic of Light (IRE) 9Jessica Harrington IRE
Mall Dini (IRE)10Patrick Kelly IRE
Missed Approach (IRE) 10Warren Greatrex
Mister Whitaker (IRE)8 Mick Channon
Monbeg Notorious(IRE) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Moonshine Bay(IRE)7Jessica Harrington IRE
Native River (IRE) 10Colin Tizzard
Noble Endeavor (IRE) 11Gordon Elliott IRE
Now McGinty (IRE)9 Stuart Edmunds
Ok Corral (IRE) 10Nicky Henderson
One For Arthur(IRE) 11Lucinda Russell
Out Sam11Gordon Elliott IRE
Outlander (IRE) 12Richard Spencer
Peregrine Run(IRE) 10Peter Fahey IRE
Pleasant Company (IRE) 12Willie Mullins IRE
Poker Party (FR) 8Henry de Bromhead IRE
Potters Corner (IRE) 10Christian Williams
Prince of Scars (IRE) 10Gordon Elliott IRE
Princeton Royale (IRE) 11Neil King
Ramses de Teillee (FR) 8David Pipe
Rathlin Rose (IRE) 12David Pipe
Ravenhill(IRE)10Gordon Elliott IRE
Regal Encore (IRE) 12Anthony Honeyball
Roaring Bull 7Gordon Elliott IRE
Romain de Senam (FR) 8Paul Nicholls
Saint Xavier(FR) 8Paul Nicholls
Scoir Mear(IRE) 10Tom Mullins IRE
Shattered Love (IRE) 9Gordon Elliott IRE
Singlefarmpayment 10Tom George
Sizing John 10Jessica Harrington IRE
Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 10Liam Cusack IRE
Soupy Soups (IRE)9Neil Mulholland
Spider Web (IRE)9Tom Mullins IRE
Steely Addition (IRE) 8Philip Hobbs
Sub Lieutenant(IRE) 11Henry de Bromhead IRE
Takingrisks(IRE) 11Nicky Richards
Talkischeap(IRE) 8Alan King
The Hollow Ginge (IRE)7Nigel Twiston-Davies
The Storyteller (IRE)9Gordon Elliott IRE
The Young Master 11Neil Mulholland
Tiger Roll (IRE) 10Gordon Elliott IRE
Top Ville Ben (IRE) 8Philip Kirby
Total Recall(IRE) 11Willie Mullins IRE
Tout Est Permis(FR)7Noel Meade IRE
Townshend (GER) 9Nigel Twiston-Davies
Traffic Fluide (FR) 10Gary Moore
Valtor (FR) 11Nicky Henderson
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11David Pipe
Vintage Clouds (IRE) 10Sue Smith
Voix du Reve (FR) 8Willie Mullins IRE
Walk In The Mill(FR) 10Robert Walford
Warriors Tale 11Paul Nicholls
Yala Enki (FR) 10Paul Nicholls
Yorkhill (IRE) 10Willie Mullins IRE