The Aintree Grand National may be the only horse racing event you follow this year, so where do you start? We explain when it is, how you can watch the Grand National 2018 live (even from outside the UK), which horses are running and how you can place a bet.

When is the Grand National 2018?

The Grand National takes place at 5.15pm on Saturday 14 April 2018.

Which horses are running in the Grand National?

Below are the 40 horses expected to run in the Grand National, plus the four reserves. By 1pm on Friday a decision will be made as to whether any of the reserves take a main spot, then we’ll have our final list. (You can still bet now, and you’ll be refunded if your horse doesn’t run.)

Grand National 2018 Horses Age Trainer Current odds at (12/04)
Tiger Roll 8 Gordon Elliott 10/1
Anibale Fly 8 Tony Martin 10/1
Total Recall 9 Willie Mullins 10/1
Blaklion 9 Nigel Twiston-Davies 10/1
The Last Samuri 10 Kim Bailey 16/1
Seeyouatmidnight 10 Sandy Thomson 16/1
Baie des Iles 7 Ross O’Sullivan 16/1
Minella Rocco 8 Jonjo O’Neill 18/1
Ucello Conti 10 Gordon Elliott 20/1
Captain Redbeard 9 Stuart Coltherd 20/1
Pleasant Company 10 Willie Mullins 25/1
Regal Encore 10 Anthony Honeyball 25/1
Gas Line Boy 12 Ian Williams 25/1
Vicente 9 Paul Nicholls 25/1
The Dutchman 8 Colin Tizzard 25/1
I Just Know 8 Sue Smith 25/1
Raz De Maree 13 Gavin Cromwell 25/1
Vieux Lion Rouge 9 David Pipe 28/1
Shantou Flyer 8 Richard Hobson 33/1
Milansbar 11 Neil King 33/1
Alpha Des Obeaux 8 Mouse Morris 33/1
RESERVE: Vintage Clouds 8 Sue Smith 40/1
Bless The Wings 13 Gordon Elliott 40/1
Saint Are 12 Tom George 40/1
Houblon des Obeaux 11 Venetia Williams 50/1
Warriors Tale 9 Paul Nicholls 50/1
Valseur Lido 9 Henry de Bromhead 50/1
RESERVE: Delsuionofgrandeur 8 Sue Smith 50/1
Chase The Spud 10 Fergal O’Brien 50/1
Final Nudge 9 David Dennis 50/1
Carlingford Lough 12 John Kiely 50/1
RESERVE: Thunder And Roses 10 Mouse Morris 66/1
Buywise 11 Evan Williams 66/1
Childrens List 8 Willie Mullins 66/1
Tenor Nivernais 11 Venetia Williams 66/1
Perfect Candidate 11 Fergal O’Brien 66/1
Lord Windermere 12 Jim Culloty 66/1
RESERVE: Walk In The Mill 8 Robert Walford 80/1
Road To Riches 11 Noel Meade 80/1
Pendra 10 Charlie Longsdon 80/1
Virgilio 9 Dan Skelton 80/1
Double Ross 12 Nigel Twiston-Davies 100/1
Beeves 11 Jennie Candlish 100/1
Maggio 13 Patrick Griffin 100/1

How do you watch the Grand National live?

In the UK the Aintree Grand National will be broadcast on Channel 4.

You can tune into channel 4 on your TV, or watch live online on a PC or laptop at

If you’re using an Android phone or iPhone then download the free All 4 app from Google Play or the App Store, then tap the three horizontal lines icon at the top left and choose Watch Live.

Alternatively, there are TV apps such as TVPlayer that let you stream Freeview content from all the main channels – get it now on Android or iOS.

We recommend you double-check you’re connected to Wi-Fi rather than a mobile data connection for all the above options. And, as a side note, you really should have a UK TV Licence.

If you have placed a bet on the Grand National, you will also be able to stream the race live through the website or mobile app that you used.

For those watching from outside the UK, if you have any problems with any of these feeds you will need to install a VPN. Our pick of the best is NordVPN.

How do you bet on the Grand National?

A number of websites will allow you to place a bet on the Grand National 2018, including William Hill, Paddy Power, Coral, Betfair and Ladbrokes. We’re using the latter here. You will need to be 18 to place a bet in the UK.

  • Sign up for an account at, then visit this page
  • Select any horse on this list by clicking the box that contains the current odds
  • At the top right of the screen you’ll see your bet slip. Enter how much you want to bet in the Stake box
  • Ladbrokes is paying out on places 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, which means even if your horse doesn’t win you could get some money back. To qualify for this you must tick the EW box, though this will double your stake
  • Now click Place Bet. If you have no funds in your account you will be prompted to deposit some money

Previous Grand National winners

2017: One For Arthur

2016: Rule The World

2015: Many Clouds

2014: Pineau De Re

2013: Auroras Encore

2012: Neptune Collonges

2011: Ballabriggs

2010: Don’t Push It

2009: Mon Mome

2008: Comply or Die

2007: Silver Birch

2006: Numbersixvalverde

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