For around 10 minutes of an April Saturday afternoon each year, the British public is captivated by horse racing’s greatest steeplechase: The Grand National, a sporting event that unites a nation. The Grand National is by far the most popular betting occasion in the British calendar. With its fiendish fences and gruelling four-mile trip, the National remains an exacting test of staying chasers’ stamina and jumping and up to 40 of them go to post each year with hope of winning the ‘People’s Race’, which will be watched by 600+ million people in over 140 different countries across the world
In 2019, history beckons for last year’s winner, Tiger Roll. After his recent win in the Cross Country at The Cheltenham Festival, the 9 year old is a clear favourite (currently as short as 7/2 at most bookmakers) to become the first back-to-back National winner since the legendary Red Rum achieved the feat in 1974.
Aston spoke to horse racing presenter for ITV Racing Bobby Beevers from William Hill about the historic horse racing event.