Like the previous year’s race, the 2016 Grand National had a £1 million prize fund. This season, fewer horses entered with a decrease from 40 to 39 in total. Besides fielding a historically low total number of eligible racers, punters excitement at watching the event over 4 miles 514 yards was at fever pitch.
The 2016 National title went to Davis Mullins atop Rule the World. This impossibly determined couple bagged owners an impressive £561,300 for winning (of which the jockey will take a portion!). Having been trained by Mouse Morris, the 33/1 shot victor outshone his neaarest rival to the tune of 6 lengths.
Second place went to David Bass, a chaser who ably steered The Last Samuri to a second place finish behind the unyielding Mullins/Rule the World duo. David Bass/The Last Samuri gained owners £211,100. Vic Canvas, mounted by Robert Dunne, overcame huge 100/1 shot betting odds to finish third, and thus take home £105,500.
The race was broadcast live on Channel 4. This marked the very last airing turn since the prestigious broadcast rights were to move to ITV in 2017. BBC Radio simultaneously covered Aintree’s deafening roars so there was no excuse to miss the action!