The most unique horse race in the world is now less than 15 hours away. 40 runners, 4.5 miles, 30 fences. The one race in the UK where workplaces have sweepstakes to pick the winner, people who back one horse a year have a bet. Horseracing will be front page, back page and centre page pullouts in every national newspaper. Live for 4 hours on BBC1. It can only be the Grand National.
Racing post grand national minisite
Youtube of last years race to whet the appetite. (Many other years available on the side bar - 1967, 2001 recommended for their extraordinariness, many others just great races)
Has a reputation as a bit of a lottery and it is to a point - at least for the first eight fences. Once past the Canal Turn. then it becomes what it is these days - a high class handicap (lowest rated runner rated in the 140s) racing for a prize fund of £950,000.
Race off 4.15pm UK - coverage available