Aintree racecourse home of the Grand National since 1839, this race has quite rightly been hailed has the most spectacular steeplechase in the world.
The course itself has undergone major development over the years and is a far cry from the derelict desert it once was.
The Aintree Festival is now one of the top National Hunt meetings attracting huge crowds in excess of 140000.
Aintree is a safer course now that Becher's Brook has been filled in but it still demands the best from the horses attempting the national course, for a horse to have any chance it must be sure of foot an outstanding stayer and the ability to cope with the long run in. Remember horse with class who do well at Haydock will feature strongly in the National.
Only one horse has ever won the Cheltenham Gold cup and the Grand National in the same season that was Golden Miller in 1934.
Greys only 2 grey horses have ever won this race the last being Nicolaus Silver in 1961.
If an horse has fallen in previous National's it doesn't mean it can't win check out West Tip and Red Marauder. Handicap carring the minimum weight doesn't really help at Aintree.
Having a bet the winning horse is likely to be priced at 13/2 and 16/1 and nine year old horses have the best record since WWII only 3 mares have won the race since 1900