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Grand National 2023: Full List of Runners and Numbers for the Big Race

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Derek Fox riding Corach Rambler celebrates winning the Randox Grand National Chase during day three of the Randox Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse on April 15, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Get Ready for the Grand National!

The Grand National is set to take place at Aintree TODAY, and horse racing enthusiasts are gearing up for the big event. Each horse competing in the race will be sporting a number for easy tracking during the thrilling competition. Here is the full list of runners and their corresponding numbers for the National.

Meet Some of the Top Contenders

1. Noble Yeats – Harry Cobden – Emmet Mullins – 20-1
2. Nassalam – Caoilin Quinn – Gary Moore – 18-1
3. Coko Beach – Jordan Gainford – Gordon Elliott – 33-1
4. Capodanno – Keith Donoghue – Willie Mullins – 33-1
5. I Am Maximus – Paul Townend – Willie Mullins – 7-1
6. Minella Indo – Rachael Blackmore – Henry de Bromhead – 20-1
…and many more!

Grand National Day Schedule

If you're planning to catch the action, here's the schedule for Grand National Day on Saturday, April 13:
– 13:20: Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle
– 13:55: Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
– 14:30: William Hill Handicap Chase
– 15:05: JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle
– 16:00: Randox Grand National Chase
– 17:00: Maghull Novices’ Chase
– 17:35: Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

Remember to Gamble Responsibly

As the excitement builds for the Grand National, it's important to remember to gamble responsibly. Find our detailed guide on responsible gambling practices and seek help if needed. For assistance with a gambling problem, call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit to exclude yourself from UK-regulated gambling websites.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most prestigious horse racing events in the UK?

The United Kingdom hosts several acclaimed horse racing events that attract audiences worldwide. The Epsom Derby is the most prestigious event, followed by the Grand National, Aintree’s Grand National, and Royal Ascot. These events have a rich heritage and offer a chance to see the finest in equine performance.

How does handicapping work in UK horseracing?

In UK race horse racing, handicapping is used to give all horses an equal chance of success. Essentially, different weights are assigned to horses based on previous performance. Weights are heavier for better horses to equalize the playing field with horses who have had poorer performances in the past. The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for the handicapping process in the UK, and their team of handicappers regularly updates ratings following the results of races.

Do different horse races take place in the UK?

Yes, there are various types of horse races in the UK, falling primarily into the categories of Flat racing and National Hunt (or jump) racing. Flat racing is held over flat tracks that range from 5 furlongs up to 2 miles. National Hunt racing emphasizes both the speed and jumping ability of the horse, with races like hurdles and steeplechases featuring a series of obstacles. Within these two broad categories, there are also variations such as handicaps, maidens, and conditions races, each with specific entry criteria and rules.

How do you ensure the safety and well-being of both horses and riders during a race.

The safety and welfare of both riders and horses are paramount in UK Horse Racing. To ensure high safety standards are met, racecourses must adhere to strict regulations. These include the quality and condition of the jumps as well as the track. Horses must be examined before and immediately after races. The jockeys wear protective equipment like body protectors or helmets. Rapid response teams and veterinarians are also on hand to deal with any incident.

What is a horse race steward’s role?

Stewards are responsible for ensuring that all horse racing is conducted in a fair and legal manner, according to the racing rules. Stewards are responsible for overseeing jockeys and trainers as well as other racing personnel. They also monitor races to ensure that no rules have been broken and hold inquiries about any incidents. The Stewards are also empowered to impose penalties for any rule violation, including fines or suspensions.

Can you describe what the “Going” is in horseracing?

‘Going’ refers to the condition of the racecourse’s surface on the day of a race. It can have a significant impact on the performance of horses and the outcome. The ‘Going” can vary from heavy, which indicates a wet, very soft track, to firm, which indicates a hard, dry surface. There are many grades between these two extremes, including soft, good-to-soft, good, firm to good, and hard. Trainers and jockeys must consider the ‘Going’ when deciding on racing strategy and equipment, such as the choice of horseshoes for better grip.


  • There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
  • In the UK, more than 14,000 people are employed directly in the horse racing industry.
  • The Grand National at Aintree boasts a prize fund of around £1 million, making it the most valuable jump race in Europe.
  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.
  • The prize money for the Epsom Derby stands at approximately £1.5 million, with the winner taking home a substantial portion of this sum.

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How To

How to select a winning racehorse in UK Racing

In order to choose a winning racehorse, it is necessary to analyze form. This involves looking at the past performance of the horse, the race distance and surface, along with the record of jockeys and coaches. Focus on horses that consistently place in the top 3 of recent races. Consider the horse’s suitability for the race distance and whether it has performed well under similar track conditions. Assess the performance of the trainer and the jockey by comparing their win and placement statistics. Although there isn’t a foolproof method for selecting a winner you can increase your chances by doing thorough research.