Grand National Runners
GRAND NATIONAL

RUNNERS

List of all the runners and riders in the 2025 Grand National.

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TIPS

Narrow down the field and look more closely at the horses with a realistic chance of winning.

Grand National Fences
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FENCES

Learn more about the famous Aintree racecourse and Grand National fences.
YOUR GUIDE

GRAND NATIONAL 2025

The Grand National is the biggest racing event in the calendar, and in 2025, 34 runners will line up at Aintree to compete for the £1 million prize fund.

It was clear from the first running of the race 1839 that the ‘National’ was destined to become more than just another steeplechase, the spectators who witnessed jockey Captain Becher fall at the fence which now bears his name could never have imagined that over 175 years later the country would still be gripped by the spectacle of the Grand National.

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Find out the exact start time for the 2025 Grand National race and details of TV coverage.
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On the day of the Grand National the ‘Going’ can play a massive part in the outcome of the race.
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BETTING GUIDE

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You might ask ‘Who is the best bookmaker?‘ Well, it all depends on what type of bet you want to place, the size of the bet and other considerations like what bonus bet deals are being offered (if any).

For the average person, a bookmaker like Betfred is also going to be a good option. They are a British bookmaker that specialises in horse racing,

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GRAND NATIONAL 2025 FAVOURITE

Every year at least one potential Grand National runner captures the attention of the public and goes off as the favourite to win the race.

Odds can be fickle and continuously change almost up until the minute the race goes off but there is still always a favourite.

In 2024 two horses went off on odds of 7/1 and they were I Am Maximus and Limerick Lace, both JP McManus owned horses.

The Willie Mullins trained I Am Maximus duly returned a win for all of those who had backed him, giving jockey Paul Townend his first win in the race. So can he do it again in 2025?

The antepost betting markets have him as favourite again but winning back-to-back Grand Nationals is a notoriously difficult thing to do for any horse.

Weights play a huge part, and those that are allocated under 11 stone by the BHA Handicapper traditionally do a lot better than those carrying more, although I Am Maximus did win carrying 11-06!

In 2025, he will be expected to carry significantly more weight, maybe even top weight, making the task of winning again even harder.

He will have a lot of competition and already has some rivals in the betting markets.

There’s still a lot of time to go and it’s anybody’s game.

GRAND NATIONAL WINNING TRENDS

No winner in the last ten Grand Nationals has carried top weight. In fact, just three winners carried more than 10st 13lbs. They were I Am Maximus in 2024, Tiger Roll in 2019 and Many Clouds in 2015.

Since the turn of the century, only six Grand National favourites have actually gone on to win the race. They are I Am Maximus (2024), Corach Rambler (2023), Tiger Roll (2019), Don’t Push It (2010), Comply Or Die (2008) and Hedgehunter (2005). Tiger Roll went off on the lowest odds of just 4/1.

Almost every recent Grand National winner has had at least three, but preferably four, seasonal runs before winning the big race.

This is a fact race, and it is incredibly difficult to win. Age and experience count for a lot. Since 2015, all winners have been either 8 or 9 except for Noble Yeats, who was seven and the first of his age group to win since 1940.

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