All you need to know for the 2016 Grand National (except who will actually win it)

What time is the Grand National on and lots more questions answered

It's the most famous jumps race in the world

It's only right that you might have a few questions about the Grand National

The Grand National is that one time in the year when the entire public seems to be interested in horse racing. People who usually find the sport about as appealing as a Mrs. Brown’s Boys marathon get involved, whipping out the race card for a few punts on the race. If you’re part of the once a year brigade, never fear because here’s a quick-fire list of questions you may have about the race.

When is the 2016 Grand National?

The 2016 Grand National will start at 5.15pm on Saturday April 9. Well, there is a slight caveat to this. The 2016 Grand National should start at 5.15pm on Saturday April 9, but trying to get 40 horses at the start line and ready to take on the four and a half miles of the Aintree course isn’t easy, so the Grand National may be delayed by a couple of finished.

This is the latest time Grand National starts in the history of the race. The race had previously been moved back to 4.10pm to avoid clashing with the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 and basically stayed in this slot until this year when it was decided viewing figures for the Grand National would benefit from a later start time.

Where can I watch the 2016 Grand National?

The Grand National is being shown live on TV thanks to Channel 4, Racing UK and RTE2.

Channel 4’s Grand National Coverage begins at 9am with the Grand National edition of The Morning Line and goes through The Sunday Brunch (being broadcast from Aintree and on a Saturday). The first race begins at 1.45pm over on Racing UK, the first race on Channel 4’s coverage is the 2.25pm and RTE2 join the party from 3.20pm in time for the Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle.

Where can I watch a Grand National live stream?

Live streaming of the Grand National is available on via the website or all of the mobile apps and websites.

Simply place one bet of at least £/€1 on the race and you can watch a stream of the race from a couple of minutes before the off.

Who won the Grand National in 2015?

Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National, beating Saint Are by one and three-quarter lengths. Third was Monbeg Dude, fourth was Alvarado and as Paddy Power had a special offer which meant we were paying five places on the race, Paddy Power customers who backed Shutthefrontdoor each way got some winnings courtesy of his place finish under AP McCoy, who was riding in his last Grand National.

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Who to bet on in the Grand National?

The Grand National is famously unpredictable, but the Paddy Power Blog will try make picking a winner easier by getting the Grand National expertise of two time Grand National winning jockey Ruby Walsh, expert tipster, Matt Chapman and the expertise of Southampton striker and racehorse owner, Charlie Austin.

Many Clouds looks to defend his title and back to back Grand National wins would make him the first horse to do it since Red Rum did it in 1974 and just the fourth horse overall to have achieved the feat.

Where can I get Grand National live odds?

Grand National live odds are currently available on Paddy Power and the odds will continue to be updated during the course of the week as the picture becomes clearer.

The current favourite is Many Clouds, but Silviniaco Conti, The Last Samuri and Holywell aren’t far behind in the Grand National betting.

What are the Grand National places?

With Paddy Power, we offer five places on the Grand National meaning if you have an each way bet and your horse finishes in the top five, you’ll get some winnings. To break Grand National betting into simple and slightly condescending terms, there are a handful of ways to bet on the race:

  • Win only bet – you back the horse to win the Grand National. If the horse wins, you win. If the horse fails to win, you don’t.
  • Place bet – you back your horse to be finish in the places (between 1st and 5th). If this happens, you win. If the horse wins, it’s basically the same as finishing 5th, which is why it’s not one of the more popular bets.
  • Each way bet – This bet includes the win and place bets rolled into one. The ideal scenario is that your horse wins so you get paid out on the win part and you get paid out on the place part, but if the horse doesn’t win but finishes in the top five of the Grand National, the place part of the bet is a winner and you’ll get some moolah back.

These Grand National places are far from standard and lots of bookmakers will only pay out to four places which is the stingy minimum requirement according to the rules of racing.

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