Wed 29 March 2023 | 16:11

Who will win the 2023 Grand National?

It’s one of the most thrilling and historic horse races in the world. April sees the annual running of the Grand National and it’s a time when some 50 million people across the globe will be tuning in.

Why does the National attract such interest? It’s a great spectacle and an event that tests many skills of both horse and rider. Over 30 fences and two laps of this Aintree course, there is a need for speed, stamina and that obvious quality over the jumps.

Runners and Riders

Anyone looking to wager on the 2023 Grand National will find another high class field in place. Many of the world’s top jumpers are lining up to contest the race which will take place on Saturday, April 15. Among the flurry of initial

horse bets

, many are being placed on the two favorites; Corach Rambler and Noble Yeats are priced at 11/2 and 8/1 respectively. It’s tight at the top, but there are other top horses in contention including Delta Work, Any Second Now and Longhouse Poet.

There are many more, but how can anyone pick a winner in this unpredictable race?

Recent Success

Those looking to study form should consider results from similar races. The Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is run just a few weeks ahead of the Grand National, is another testing jump event, and a number of horses will be entered for both this and the Grand National.

In 2023,

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner

Galopin Des Champs will not be looking to complete the double at Aintree. Of those that are aiming to compete in both races, there were mixed results at Cheltenham on March 17.

Conflated is one of the outsiders for Aintree, but this horse showed well at the Gold Cup, finishing in third place for trainer Gordon Elliott. Royal Pagaille, who is quoted at even longer odds for the National, came home in sixth. It should be noted that only seven horses of the original 13 runners completed the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

In terms of success at the Grand National, results suggest that Noble Yeats is the obvious horse to follow. He won as an outsider in 2022 and is gearing up for a shot at a rare double.

Trends to Consider

Trends among previous winners can also help when looking at horses for 2023 and beyond. The stats show that the majority of successful Grand National runners have been aged eight and above, so experience is essential.

Prior to the 2023 renewal, 12 of the 14 previous winners were taking part in the Grand National for the first time. That would tend to suggest that the

2022 champion Noble Yeats

faces a tough task to convert as one of the favorites.

History is also against Noble Yeats. Since the resumption of racing in 1946, only two horses have won the National in consecutive years. Trends are there to be broken, but they can prove useful in identifying the strongest contenders in such a tricky race.

source: SportMob

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