Betting on the Grand National can be very lucrative but for the riders the competition is even more profitable as the prize fund was listed at £975,000 for 2013. Even fans who do not regularly participate in horse racing betting usually place a Grand National bet.
Aintree has been the home of the Grand National since its first running in 1839 and ironically the winner of the first race was named Lottery. Changes have been made to the course and the fences over the years but essentially the race still remains the one of the toughest tests of horse and rider in the world. Forty horses line up each year and around two thirds of the field will not complete the race, which is four and a half miles long and has 30 fences to negotiate.
The Grand National is one of the world’s richest horse races in terms of prize money with a cool £1 million in total prize money up for grabs again in 2019. The breakdown is as follows: