GRAND NATIONAL 2022 PREVIEW
The showpiece event of the National Hunt calendar, Aintree in Liverpool will host the Grand National 2022 with free live streaming on ITV.
This weekend is loaded with great sport. In the Premier League, Manchester City take on Liverpool in a game that could decide the Premier League. The Masters, the first Golf major of the year, takes place with the world’s top golfers hunting for a Green Jacket. You can read our preview of that right here. And then there’s the Grand National. The biggest horse race this side of the Atlantic Ocean, and the top National Hunt race in the world.
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🏇 Grand National 2022
📅 Saturday 9 April 2022
⏰ 1715 UK Kick-Off
🖥️ Free Live Streaming on ITV
A field of 40 horses will tackle the mammoth 30 fences over a distance of almost seven kilometers with the winner earning their owner a purse of £375,000. It’s a dangerous race, with some very difficult jumps. Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s Brook, the Canal Turn and, of course, the always daunting Chair are the stand-out jumps but horse can fall just about anywhere on this track and the hope is they don’t injure themselves.
Despite this being the British Grand National, and being both a cultural centre piece of the year, and a stand-out event for the English high society, this event has been dominated by the Irish over the last eight races. That encompasses the spell from 2013 to 2021, with no race taking place in 2020. During that time the race has been won by six Irish horses, with the last seven winning jockeys all being Irish and four of the last five trainers being Irish.
You can stretch out the Irish dominance even more with the knowledge that no horse has won the race without being either Irish born, Irish trained or ridden by an Irish jockey since Mon Mome in 2009. Indeed Mon Mome is the only horse to win the National without having been born or trained in Ireland, or ridden by an Irish jockey, since Earth Summit in 1998. It might just be time to rename the race.
Taking that Irish run of dominance into consideration, it might help people in terms of who to bet on this weekend.
According to Paddy Power, the favourite for the race is Any Second Now. Any Second Now is, of course, an Irish horse trained by Ted Walsh. The Irish trained Delta Work is also among the favourites, with Snow Leopardess completing the top three. Given Snow Leopardess has no Irish connection, history suggests that if you bet £100 on her, you will lose £100.
The 2021 winner, Minella Times, will be aiming to follow Tiger Roll, 2018 and 2019, by winning back to back races, but history suggests that is almost impossible. Tiger Roll was the first horse since Red Rum in 1972 and 73. Outside of those two legendary horses, only three others have ever gone back to back since the first official running of the Grand National in 1939. Reynoldstown did it in 1935 and 1936, The Colonel was the first to manage it in 1869 and 1870 and Abd-El-Kader managed it in 1850 and 1851. The race had been held for a few years before that, so it only seems fair to mention that The Duke won it in 1936 and 1937.
Red Rum of course won the race three times, the only horse to do so. Tiger Roll was denied his chance to match the greatest race horse of all time by the cancelling of the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It seems impossible now to even consider a horse winning this race three times, but Irish born Red Rum managed it.
It’s very simply folks, if you fancy a flutter on the National do the right thing and put your money on a horse with Irish connection. Irish born, Irish trained, or ridden by an Irish jockey. It’s not a guarantee that you will win, but it will massively increase your chances of a nice pay-out from your local bookmaker.
My own pick for the race? Noble Yeats at 33/1. Place an each way bet. Irish-born, Irish trained. You can’t go far wrong.
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How to watch the Grand National 2022 from anywhere…
The Grand National 2022 will be streamed live on ITV as well as their respective ITV Hub apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Smart TV, Now TV, FireTV etc.
But these streaming services are not available to everyone, for example when you load ITV Hub in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Dubai, Canada etc. you will get an error message.
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What channels are streaming Grand National 2022 Horse Racing?
Grand National 2022 live streaming will be available on the ITV website and Racing TV website. You can live stream the races on your smart TV, laptop, tablet or smartphone if you have an internet connection.
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