Grand National 2017 result: One for Arthur wins at 14-1, Cause Of Causes second, Saint Are third

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Re-live 170th edition of the world's most famous steeplechase

The Grand National will be held at Aintree racecourse on Saturday, with Definitly Red and Vieux Lion Rogue dominating the early betting.

Will you back the favourite, follow the form or just stick a pin in the list of runners and hope for the best?

Good luck whoever you decide to back, and make sure you follow all the latest action with our live blog below:

Live Updates

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 Grand National! 
The most famous steeplechase in the world is due to begin in around an hour - at a quarter past five - but stick with us in the meantime for build-up, tips and details about the other races at Aintree this afternoon. 
With just under an hour to go until the big race, now is as good a time as any to learn just how to pick a winner, using tips, tricks and trends.
Our racing expert Charlie Atkin has put together this guide to help prepare you for picking out a winner.

How to pick the right Grand National winner

His standout piece of advice?
Make sure you pick a horse with experience - just not too much. 
7 of the last 10 winners have jumped fences between 10 and 14 times on the track (Strike: Measureofmydreams, Just A Par, More Of That, Lord Windermere, Pleasant Company, Doctor Harper).
But ... Only four eight year olds have won in the last 32 runnings (Strike: Plenty including Blakion, Definitly Red, One For Arthur and Vieux Lion Rouge).
The Liverpool Hurdle has just got underway, the last race before the National. 
Cole Harden is making the early running. Puffin Billy in second.
Yanworth wins the Liverpool Hurdle!
The favourite wins just ahead of Supasundae.
Liverpool Hurdle result:
1. Yanworth B J Geraghty 9-4 Fav 
2. Supasundae R M Power 5-1 
3. Snow Falcon S W Flanagan 9-1
Yanworth wins the Liverpool Hurdle
One man has certainly made quite the impression at Aintree this afternoon...
Report: Yanworth wins the Liverpool Hurdle
Yanworth showed stamina is his forte as he ground out a determined success in the Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle.

The seven-year-old cast aside any doubts about seeing out the three-mile trip when staying on strongest of them all to lift the Grade One and atone for his Champion Hurdle disappointment.

Restrained near the back of the field early on by Barry Geraghty, the 9-4 favourite was one of four in with a live chance over the penultimate flight.

Over the last four soon became three as the Alan King-trained runner, together with Coral Cup winner Supasundae and Snow Falcon, pressed on.

As Geraghty asked for a maximum response the JP McManus-owned gelding delivered, getting up to deny Supasundae by a length with Snow Falcon a further three-quarters of a length away in third.

Geraghty said: 

He kept going there. He bundled the third-last, I just didn't want to commit as I didn't want to land in front. He made a mess of it but recovered quickly and was good at the last two.

Maybe the (two-mile) trip (found him out at Cheltenham), but he is better than that. I would say he probably slightly under performed. He got very warm beforehand.

I think he's probably a middle-distance (horse) or stayer really.

Trainer Alan King added:

We were trying three miles today and it was a long run-in. I'm relieved more than anything, delighted with him.

He won a Christmas Hurdle and a Kingwell so we had to go to the Champion Hurdle. I wasn't confident today, but we got away with it.

I think he will be even better over a fence and he will go novice chasing in the autumn.

Timely reminder: If your bet comes in this evening, make sure you don't take 43 years to cash it in...

Which horses have been the big market movers so far this afternoon?

12-1 Definitly Red
14-1 Blaklion, 
16-1 Vieux Lion Rouge, Pleasant Company
18-1 More Of That, One For Arthur, Cause Of Causes

Anticipation is building...
It's a very hot day, in case you hasn't noticed.
Which means that there's going to be a break with tradition after this year's National.
Meanwhile, it's almost time for the national anthem...
A reminder of the last five winners of the Grand National:

2016 Rule The World Jockey: David Mullins, Trainer: Mouse Morris, Owner: Michael O'Leary, Starting odds: 33/1

2015 Many Clouds  Jockey: Leighton Aspell, Trainer: Oliver Sherwood, Owner: Trevor Hemmings, Starting odds: 25/1

2014 Pineau De Re Leighton Aspell, Dr Richard Newland, J A Provan, 25/1

2013 Auroras Encore Ryan Mania, Sue Smith, Douglas Pryde, Jim Beaumont and David van der Hoeven, 66/1

2012 Neptune Collonges Daryl Jacob, Paul Nicholls, John Hales, 14/1

Potentially helpful in picking out this year's winner?

10 minutes to go! Which just about gives you enough time to read this... 
Still mulling over which horse to have a flutter on? Don't sweat it. Here are the last-minute tips from the Independent's resident racing experts.
Charlie Atkin: One For Arthur
Ben Burrows: Measureofmydreams
Mark Critchley: Blaklion
The runners are in the parade ring. We're only moments away!
QUICK: Everybody go out and stick a quid on every single runner!
Nobody yet knows who's going to start as favourite here, in a few minutes time.
Blacklion and Definitely Red are both 10/1 at the moment.  
Bad news for anybody who backed Lord Windemere.
He's looking very ill at ease and his handles are having to coax him to the start-line. It's not looking good.  
Here we go! 
There's a false start. The flags are waved and all the horses have to trot back to the start-line. Drama already! 
Top work, Craig.

What time does it start?

The race will start at approximately 5.15pm on Saturday 8 April.

Where can I watch it?

It will be shown live on ITV, with coverage starting at 2.00pm.

Runners and riders

Odds provided by, subject to change throughout the day

1. The Last Samuri

Approximate odds: 20/1

2. More of That

Approximate odds: 20/1

3. Shantou Flyer

Approximate odds: 100/1

4. Perfect Candidate

Approximate odds: 50/1

5. Saphir Du Rheu

Approximate odds: 22/1

6. Roi des Frances

Approximate odds: 80/1

7. Wounded Warrior

Approximate odds: 66/1

8. Wonderful Charm

Approximate odds: 40/1

9. Tenor Nivernais

Approximate odds: 66/1

10. Blaklion

Approximate odds: 16/1

11. Drop Out Joe

Approximate odds: 50/1

12. Le Mercurey

Approximate odds: 80/1

13. The Young Master

Approximate odds: 22/1

14. Cause of Causes

Approximate odds: 20/1

15. Regal Encore

Approximate odds: 80/1

16. Vieux Lion Rouge

Approximate odds: 16/1

17. Definitly Red

Approximate odds: 12/1

18. Ucello Conti

Approximate odds: 22/1

19. Double Shuffle

Approximate odds: 40/1

20. Houblon des Obeaux

Approximate odds: 66/1

21. Pleasant Company

Approximate odds: 20/1

22. One for Arthur

Approximate odds: 18/1

23. Ballynagour

Approximate odds: 100/1

24. O’Faolains Boy

Approximate odds: 80/1

25. Highland Lodge

Approximate odds: 33/1

26. Bishops Road

Approximate odds: 80/1

27. Lord Windermere

Approximate odds: 50/1

28. Saint Are

Approximate odds: 33/1

29. Vicente

Approximate odds: 25/1

30. Just a Par

Approximate odds: 50/1

31. Measureofmydreams

Approximate odds: 50/1

32. Raz de Maree

Approximate odds: 40/1

33. Stellar Notion

Approximate odds: 66/1

34. Rogue Angel

Approximate odds: 22/1

35. Cocktails at Dawn

Approximate odds: 50/1

36. Thunder and Roses

Approximate odds: 33/1

37. Gas Line Boy

Approximate odds: 80/1

38. Goodtoknow

Approximate odds: 100/1

39. La Vaticane

Approximate odds: 100/1

40. Doctor Harper

Approximate odds: 66/1


As picked by our resident racing expert, Charlie Atkin.

One For Arthur 14/1

Cause of Causes 14/1

Rogue Angel 25/1