The Grand National at Aintree is a race that is streamed around the world, with interest in many different countries, not just the UK where it is based.
This year’s renewal will see technology used in many ways to benefit those watching and placing a bet on the race.
Those looking to bet on the race can do so already through a range of different mobile apps on Android and iOS devices. These make it very easy to make a wager, as users can do so at their convenience, rather than waiting for a brick-and-mortar bookmaker to open. Corach Rambler is the 6/1 favourite in the Grand National 2023 betting. Not only can punters place a bet on a horse to win a race, but they can also lay a horse on exchange apps, which flip the tables and allow bettors the chance to play bookmaker. They can decide what price to set and how much they are willing to lay a horse for.
For those who are unable to place a bet before the race is off, or who want to watch the early stages of a contest, they can wager while the race is taking place. Exchange apps offer in-play betting, so as bettors are watching the race, they will see the odds update in real time.
In-play betting is something that has become popular in a wide range of sports. Unfortunately, in some horse races, they are far too short for live betting to be available for long. That is not the case for the Grand National, as the average winning time for the race is 10 minutes, as was the case when Noble Yeats prevailed in 2022.
Each of the jockeys in this year’s Grand National will wear cameras around their helmets that should capture some excellent footage, not just for the live broadcast of the race, but also content that can be shared on social media after the contest.
The Grand National is a unique race: not only is there a maximum of 40 runners in the race, which creates a lot of traffic for jockeys to navigate, but the fences are also different from a standard National Hunt course. The largest fence is as high as 5ft 2in, so it will be fascinating to see how high the horses jump from this footage.
With 40 runners and two reserves involved on the day of the Grand National, and horses for the other six races, identifying each runner correctly when they arrive at the course is crucial. To do this, each of the horses has an identity chip inside their necks which is scanned on arrival. This provides the racecourse with everything they need to know about each horse and allows them to check them in.
There have been mistaken identities across many racecourses in the past, but this system ensures this does not happen again in the sport.
With more technology being developed in the sport such as tracking software that can be placed on a horse to get data on their speed, oxygen level and genetics, the future of the Grand National and horse racing is very exciting. It could lead to new and innovative ways of following the sport, all of which can be done with a smartphone or digital device.