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As one of the most celebrated horse races in the world, the Grand National is a major sports betting event that captures the attention of millions every year. The first-ever Grand National horse race took place back in 1839 at Aintree Racecourse just outside Liverpool, England. Fast forward 183 years later and this prominent race is still run at the same location.


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The Grand National is a steeplechase race, meaning competitors must jump over a number of fences and other obstacles throughout the race. Often referred to as jump racing or a chase, steeplechases are one of the most exciting forms of horse racing and the Grand National is no exception. Serving as the crown jewel of the Grand National Festival, the Grand National race features 40 runners in total. In order to qualify for this prestigious event, the horses must be seven-years-old and up, rated 125 or more by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and have previously placed in a recognized chase of 3+ miles.

The official distance of the Grand National is approximately 4½ miles and includes 30 jumping fences over the race’s two laps. While this is one of the UK’s longest horse race in terms of distance, the Grand National’s real challenge comes with the jumps; most of the fences on the course are significantly bigger than those found on National Hunt tracks. Take a look at some of the more notorious fences like Becher’s Brook, The Chair or Canal Turn and you’ll see just how daunting this track can be for jockeys. As a result, the Grand National is commonly known as ‘the ultimate test of horse and rider.’

As one of the sport’s biggest events, the Grand National is complete with a massive prize purse. The 2022 Grand National will have £1 million up for grabs, making it one of the world’s most lucrative horse races in terms of prize money. This race has also become a major sports betting event, with millions of dollars wagered on the Grand National every year. Bovada Sportsbook has a ton of 2022 Grand National odds available for this year’s race, giving you the opportunity to cash in real money. With this year’s race only a few days away, this guide will provide you with all of the key dates and important information surrounding this year’s festival.

2022 Grand National Details

Where is the Grand National Held?

As always, the 2022 Grand National will be held at the Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of Liverpool, England.

When is the 2022 Grand National?

This year’s Grand National Festival will be held from Thursday, April 7th to Saturday, April 9th.

2022 Grand National Schedule

Liverpool’s NHS Day – Thursday, April 7th

Similar to last year, Grand National Thursday has been renamed to Liverpool’s NHS Day in honor of the countless hardworking NHS staff throughout the region. Serving as Day One of the festival, Liverpool’s NHS Day features an impressive lineup of races and is headlined by the Grade One Betway Bowl.

– Liverpool’s NHS Day Races

  • SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle
  • Betway Bowl Steeple Chase
  • Betway Aintree Hurdle
  • Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
  • Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase
  • The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat

Ladies Day – Friday, April 8th

With the Grand National serving as an iconic cultural event in the United Kingdom, countless women flock to Aintree Racecourse in their best outfits. In addition to the prize money won on the track, there’s also a Style Award given to the woman whose outfit is deemed most impressive.

– Ladies Day Races

  • Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle
  • Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle
  • Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • Marsh Steeple Chase (The Melling)
  • Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase
  • Sefton Novices’ Hurdle
  • Lydiate Handicap Hurdle

Grand National Day – Saturday, April 9th

With the festival’s first two days in the books, all of the excitement builds towards Grand National Day. This is the most watched portion of the three-day event and serves as the festival’s grand finale.

– Grand National Day Races

  • EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle
  • Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
  • Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • Liverpool Hurdle
  • Betway Handicap Steeple Chase
  • Randox Grand National Steeple Chase
  • Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race


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