Rule The World
The 169th running of the Grand National took place on 9th April 2016 at Aintree racecourse, 39 runners competing for a share of the £1 million prize fund. The winning horse was Mouse Morris-trained Rule The World which was a 33/1 shot, ridden by David Mullins. The going for the race was the softest since 2001 and it was the final time that Crabbies were sponsors of the three-day meeting. The Grand National was broadcast live on Channel 4 for the final time with the rights being moved to ITV for the following year.
The total number of entries received for consideration were 126 and 96 of these remained after two scratching deadlines. 87 entries advanced to the last confirmation stage whereupon this was reduced to 40 on 7th April 2016. Prior to the deadline on 8th April there were no withdrawals although O’Faolains Boy was declared lame on Grand National day and was therefore a non-runner thus reducing the size of the field to 39 for the big race. Joint favourites at 8/1 to win the 2016 Grand National were top-weight The Last Samuri and 2015 National winner Many Clouds.
Of the sixteen horses that finished the 2016 Grand National, Many Clouds came in last and all 39 runners returned safely to their stables following the conclusion of the race.
Channel 4 coverage of the 2016 Grand National was led by Nick Luck and Clare Balding with support from Graham Cunningham, Jim McGrath and Emma Spencer. The TV coverage of the Grand National was watched by a viewing audience estimated at 10 million in the UK, this being an increase of around 1.1 million on the 2015 figures. The share of the TV audience was 59% for the race.
1: Rule The World
2: The Last Samuri
3: Vics Canvas
6: Ucello Conti
7: Vieux Lion Rouge
8: Morning Assembly