Grand National 2024: Dates, Times, Runners and Betting Sites

The anticipation builds as the Grand National Festival kicks off on Thursday, 11 April, leading up to the main event at the new start time of 16:00 BST on Saturday.

Grand National 2024 Details:

  1. Location: Aintree Racecourse
  2. Date: Saturday, 13 April 2024
  3. Time: 16:00 BST

The anticipation builds as the Grand National Festival kicks off on Thursday, 11 April, leading up to the main event at the new start time of 16:00 BST on Saturday. Will Corach Rambler, last year's champion, join the ranks of the legendary Red Rum by successfully defending his title?

Grand National Entries and Weights Update

The race's start time has been moved up by 75 minutes, with the maximum field size reduced to 34 horses from 40, following a safety assessment.

Top Contenders

Corach Rambler, the favourite, aims to become the next back-to-back winner since Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019, joining the elite circle alongside Red Rum's historic victories in the 1970s. Other notable horses in the mix include last year's second-place finisher Vanillier, along with I Am Maximus and Mahler Mission.

Competitors will navigate a demanding two-lap course spanning over four-and-a-quarter miles with 30 challenging fences. Notable obstacles include The Chair and the Water Jump, encountered only on the first lap, while the remaining 14 fences, such as Becher's Brook, Canal Turn, and Valentine's Brook, are faced twice. The course completion time varies between nine and 11 minutes, subject to the day's conditions.

Aintree Race Schedule (All times BST): Opening Day - Thursday, 11 April:

  • 13.45: Manifesto Novices' Steeple Chase
  • 14.20: Boodles Anniversary 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle
  • 14.55: Aintree Bowl Steeple Chase
  • 15.30: William Hill Aintree Hurdle
  • 16.05: Randox Foxhunters' Steeple Chase
  • 16.40: Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 17.15: Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Flat Race

Ladies Day - Friday, 12 April: (Coverage on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra from 14:00 to 16:15 BST)

  • 13.45: Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase
  • 14.20: William Hill Handicap Hurdle
  • 14.55: TrustATrader Top Novices' Hurdle
  • 15.30: My Pension Expert Melling Chase
  • 16.05: Randox Topham Chase
  • 16.40: Cavani Menswear Sefton Novices' Hurdle
  • 17.15: Lydiate Handicap Hurdle

Grand National Day - Saturday, 13 April:

  • 13.20: Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle
  • 13.55: Turner Mersey Novices' Hurdle
  • 14.30: William Hill Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 15.05: JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle
  • 16.00: Randox Grand National Steeple Chase
  • 17.00: Maghull Novices' Steeple Chase
  • 17.35: Weatherbys National Hunt Flat Race

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