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The Grand National, the biggest day of the racing calendar in the UK, takes place in just over two weeks’ time.

As soon as the Cheltenham Festival is over – this year’s Gold Cup was won by Don Cossack – attention starts to turn towards the Aintree festival.

This year, the Grand National is set to take place on 9th April, with some 600 million people expected to watch the race live.

The 2016 race could even see history being made, as 2015 champion Many Clouds is heavily fancied to defend his title, with no horse having managed to win the Grand National in consecutive years since the legendary Red Rum in the 1970s.

No event in racing can match the drama of the Grand National, with fences such as The Chair, Becher’s Brook and the Canal Turn all firmly in the public consciousness. Read on for more about the 2016 Grand National favourites or who to bet on.

The Favourites

Many Clouds is the early favourite for the race, with odds of 8/1 currently available for last year’s champion.

A win by 10 lengths in his last race, at Kelso, where he beat National entrants such as The Druids Nephew, confirmed that Many Clouds is in good shape in 2016.

The handicap would usually be a concern for last year’s winner, but Many Clouds is set to start the race weighing just 5lb heavier than in 2015.

Proven ability over the Aintree fences is a big plus point for Many Clouds – can a horse finally defend their National crown?

Many Clouds is the outright favourite right now, but make sure you keep checking back for William Hill’s Grand National betting odds.