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March 15th – 18th is a significant event in the National Hunt Racing Calendar as it marks the Cheltenham Festival, one of the greatest UK displays of jump racing. However, the Festival is another sign: that the Crabbie’s Grand National is soon to be here.

From its early beginning, when Lottery sealed a win at what was known then as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, the affair has increased in acclaim and popularity, drawing in spectators from all walks of life. What was once fondly known as the sport of kings has developed into an activity for the masses to enjoy, which is why tips and odds, particularly Grand National odds, become an intrinsic part of the experience.

The Aintree Gates open once more on 7th April, when the Grand Opening Day begins. Although the first day of the event, action, drama, and excitement will be in abundance for this beginning sets the bar for the entirety of the three day affair. Kicking off with Grade One challenges, such as The Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase, and then building up until the crescendo of the Grade Three Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase, spectators both on site and at home are in for a sporting feast.

Such feasts continues on the 8th, when Ladies Day graces the racecourse once more. Ladies Days are an important part of the culture of big racing events, and the Grand National is no different. Using the backdrop of exceptional style and striking outfits, the second day of the event also sees some of the biggest races take place. The Crabbie’s Topham Steeple Chase, covering two miles and 5 furlongs, is regarded as stern test for runners despite being half the size of the main race, and as such commands the track at Aintree. Memorable as it is thrilling, the Topham Chase rounds off the day and prepares everyone for the grande finale on April 8th.

The renowned climax of the Grand National is what it’s all about, with the two previous days serving as a great means of wowing spectators and getting them ready for the big finish. It is also the time when all those handy horse racing tips that have been researched over the years, from sports gurus like, come into play. Everything can change in this event, with successes and failures coming in equal measures, so it’s the best time to cheer giddup boy and let the enthralling action unfold. There are a staggering 126 entries to this year’s race, a scale that hasn’t been witnessed in Aintree since 2008, and will witness five of the best six runners from 2015 competing once more.

Lining up to be of the greatest spectacles in the Crabbie’s Grand National’s long history, attending the event is becoming the primary goal of many. Although a large number of tickets are sold out, there are some still available in various areas around the racecourse. If, however, you’re unable to attend, you can join in by following the news and Grand National odds from home.

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