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The Grand National is truly a unique event, with a stamina-testing distance of just under four and a half miles, along with 30 fences demanding perfect jumping technique, to overcome. For both horse and jockey, it really is the greatest test, but also the grandest stage, for a win in the Grand National guarantees you go down in the record books as true champions.

 

This year’s race will take place at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool on April 5th and along with such events as The FA Cup final, the Ashes cricket tour between Australia and England, and the darts championship, with spectators treated to a helping of double Dutch in the World Grand Prix, makes up some of the most popular British sporting events of the year.

 

It is estimated that, through various means of technology, around 600 million people will watch the Grand National every year. This astounding figure means that the race is truly one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles each season, and the 2014 instalment has a chance to be one of the best yet.

 

The Early Favourites

 

Teaforthree, 12/1: The early favourite to take victory in the first ever £1m Grand National, Teaforthree recently put in a good showing under new jockey Noel Fehily at Ascot. The signs were encouraging as the duo seemed to gel, and at 12/1 with Coral he looks good value for favouritism after finishing second in last year’s race.

 

On His Own, 14/1: Legendary jockey Ruby Walsh will take the ride on board On His Own, who fell in the Grand National last year. However, the experience will have done him good and a big race could be in store this year.

 

Tidal Bay, 16/1: The experienced horse will top the weights at 11st 10 in this year’s race, which could harm his chances. However, a good run in the Irish Gold Cup earlier in the season has seen him in good form.

 

Monbeg Dude, 20/1: After winning the 2012 Welsh National, Monbeg Dude has suffered a series of small setbacks that have seen him not reach his potential. Despite this, if he can finally find good health, he could be very dangerous.

 

Long Run, 20/1: The winner of the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Long Run has been a fan-favourite in recent times. If he can find his best form, he has bags of stamina and could go very close.

 

With such a strong line-up of entrants, the Grand National 2014 is sure to thrill spectators, and provide an extremely competitive race.