Grand National Runners and Riders as age factor makes all the difference in each way stakes at Aintree

Its one of the World’s most famous races, as the nation once again turns its attention to Aintree racecourse and the 2012 Grand National. There are plenty of factors to take into account – jockey, form, trainer and of course the age of a horse.

With almost 40 runners and riders in race there are plenty of options to take into consideration, but you should take into account the each way places, with Victor Chandler announcing today that they will pay out 6 places each way, and offer free bets, which is more than any other bookmaker.

The world’s most famous and enthralling steeplechase is perhaps one of the most gruelling and mentally challenging sporting occasions any athlete can undertake and there is hiding place for horses that don’t have the required maturity or experience to deal with the incredibly testing course.

Victor Chandler are offering free bets worth £25/€25 to spend on the Grand National and are offering 6 places each way! If your horse finishes in the first six places you have won your bet! Excluisve to

When assessing any handicap race taking into account a horse’s age is usually a key aspect to consider. Some races have a habit of favouring a horse that maybe is less exposed due his inexperience and younger age; however, the Grand National certainly isn’t one of them.

Horses under the age of nine have a horrendous record in the race and with up to 14 of the 40 horses going to post this year that provides a huge percentage of horses that punters can rule out in their search for the winner.

For these reasons it’s no surprise to see that the last time a seven-year-old won the Aintree showpiece was 71 years ago in 1940 where Bogskar landed the odds. In fact, since 1992 only six of the last 40 seven-year-olds to contest the race have even managed to get round the course.

Eight-year-olds have a slightly better record than their juniors but this is evened out by a greater sample size. Only one eight-year-old, Bindaree in 2002, has landed the race in the last 18 renewals.

This damming statistic doesn’t bode well for trainer Nicky Henderson’s chances of ending his amazing 30-year drought in the race as both his runners this season, Burton Port and Shakalakaboomboom, are eight-years-old and have never raced in a race of this stamina sapping nature.

Other eight-year-olds that are likely to struggle with the rigorous Aintree demands are the Willie Mullins-trained trio Quel Espirit and Quiscover Fontaine and On His Own.

However, the brave amongst you might be interested to know that you can get 3/1 on an eight-year-old breaking that 18-year-duck this year.


As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).