The hype of the 2017 Grand National has only just died down after a stunning run from the winner One For Arthur and the failure of one of the favourites Definitely Red. In a race where anything can happen, and as one of the most thrilling sporting events of the year, it is no surprise to see just how popular this Aintree horse racing event is year on year. With safety measures making the race safer for the horses and a huge backing from the bookies, the Grand National truly is an event that shouldn’t be missed. There was a lot of hype regarding the Grand National with games such as the Ladbrokes Grand National slot machine, which helped to increase the popularity of this thrilling event even more. Here, we’re taking a look at the aftermath of this year’s Grand National and where the Grand National 2018 will be heading.
New Wave Of Horses
One of the most interesting parts about the Grand National this year was the fact that a lot of the runners were older than the previous races, with a lot of horses hitting the age 11 mark. This means that many of these won’t be pushed to do this high tempo race the following year, meaning we’re very likely to see a whole new wave of horses hit the fences in 2018. This could open up the competition even more with a lot of inexperienced horses set to tackle the fences.
Gas Line Boy
This outsider stumbled at the first fence back in 2015, but his success at this year’s Grand National thrilled his owners. While he placed fifth, the 11-year old had a great round of jumping under Robbie Dunne, and Ian Williams hasn’t ruled him out of hitting the big Aintree fences next year. Nevertheless, his owner may be more likely to aim Gas Line Boy towards the Foxhunters’ Chase instead. The horse, while jumping well and navigating a range of obstacles around the race, couldn’t keep up the pace as his stamina let him down and saw him get run out of a place, but there is a great chance that he will be back again next year to tackle the fences.
Definitly Red, whose name is purposely spelt wrong after a mistake when the owners filled out the form, was met with a lot of pressure coming into the race, with expectations that he would be the next Red National Hero, taking on the title of the infamous horse Red Rum. Definitly Red went into the race at the heaviest weight, yet remained the favourite after dominating the favourite Last Samuri in the preliminaries before the Grand National race. However, he didn’t quite make the cut and was actually pulled up before the 9th after a collision with one of the other runners who fell at a previous fence. However, there is a high chance that this fantastic horse could be back at it again next year, looking for redemption out of this race that he was expected to do so well in.