Grand National prize money: How much will the 2017 winners earn at Aintree?

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Owner Michael O'Leary (left) and jockey David Mullins celebrate with Rule The World after winning the 2016 Grand National - PA

The 170th edition of the Grand National will take place at Aintree Racecourse in April, with a seven-figure sum available in prize money for the fourth year in a row.

The four-mile, three-and-a-half-furlong steeplechase has seen a change in sponsor – from Crabbie's to Randox Health – but the purse remains a sizeable £1million for 2017.

That compares well enough with the £575,000 prize total for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but lags behind the Epsom Derby on the flat (£1.325m) and is a far cry from the money on offer at other horse races around the world.

But the race that was first won in 1839 by a horse named Lottery remains notoriously unpredictable, with only one pre-race favourite coming through to win in the last eight years; three in last eighteen.

The National's prize purse is thus seems a lot more attainable to those with more humble ambitions the rest of the year round.

The Grand National's prize money goes to the top 10 finishers with £561,300 for the winner, £211,100 for the runner-up, and £105,500 for the third-placed horse.

Grand National course

Grand National prize money allocation per position

  1. £561,300
  2. £211,100
  3. £105,500
  4. £52,700
  5. £26,500
  6. £13,200
  7. £6,800
  8. £3,600
  9. £2,000
  10. £1,000
Many Clouds won the 2015 edition of the Grand National as a 25/1 shot Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

World's richest horse races

  1. Dubai World Cup (UAE) - £7.99million
  2. Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (France) - £4.4million
  3. Breeders' Cup Classic (US) - £4million
  4. Melbourne Cup (Australia) - £3.77million
  5. Kentucky Derby (US) - £1.6million

Bookmakers reported in 2016 that the total amount of money bet on the Grand National would reach £200million, across an estimated 35 million punts.

Grand national upsets

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