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Grand National Festival News

It measures a global TV audience in excess of 600 million, and generating enormous bookmakers betting turnover with numerous once a year punters placing a bet including free bets and special odds this is a race beyond compare.

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The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival opens on Grand National Thursday 12th April 2018, celebrating the UKs sporting heroes, with Grade One Racing including show stoppers The Aintree Hurdle, and the Randox Health Foxhunters Steeple Chase.

The opening day of the meeting revolves around a number of horses that stole the show at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, and odds on backers will be hoping that they can get off to a winning start.

Friday is Ladies Day, full of colour, style, and fashion, of individuality and creativity being celebrated, flanked by incredible racing in the JLT Melling Steeple Chase, ant the RANDOX Topham Steeple Chase are fiercely contested in an afternoon of wonderful racing and combative betting.

Saturday arrives with the 2018 Randox Health Grand National 1-million pounds handicap, the richest Jump race run anywhere outside of Japan, taking place at Aintree on Saturday, April 14.

Amongst the horses at the start will be Blakion from the stable of Nigel Twiston-Davies, the only current trainer to have won the Grand National more than once. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of his first Grand National success with Earth Summit in 1998. His second victory came courtesy of Bindaree in 2002.

The stables main hopes for 2018 are last seasons fourth Blaklion, and Splash Of Ginge (50/1), a good chance outsider.

Blaklion went down by half a length to stablemate Bristol De Mai on his return in the G2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on November 4, and won as 7/4 clear favourite in the Randox Health Becher Chase over the Grand National fences on Saturday, Becher Chase Day, December 9.

With only a quarter of the year to go to the three day Randox Grand National meeting Blacklion looks the favourite for the big one.

David Pipe horse Vieux Lion Rouge could do well having won five of his nine chase starts, the most recent in November over National fences in the Beecher Chase.

Another to consider is nine year old Cause Of Causes, trained by Gordon Elliott, top trainer at last years Cheltenham Festival.

These are just a few of the final 40 horses who may contest this national of Grand Nationals.

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