The champion jockey and Betway ambassador - who has ridden in the joint-most Nationals without winning - reflects on 20 years of hurt at Aintree.
The Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world, and the hardest one to win.
Just ask Richard Johnson, who has ridden in the joint-most renewals of the race without ever getting his hands on the trophy.
Ahead of the race, we sat down with the champion jockey and Betway ambassador to discuss his experiences of the race, the memories that stand out most, and how much it would to mean to finally complete the set.
Betway have been the official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival since 2017, and have just agreed a deal to extend their sponsorship for a further five years.
Races sponsored by Betway at Aintree include the Betway Bowl, Betway Aintree Hurdle, Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle, Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase, Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle and the Betway Handicap Chase, all of which are aired live on ITV.
Betway has also been the official sponsor of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival since 2015, and currently sponsors several National Hunt and Flat races in both the UK and Ireland.
Anthony Werkman, Betway’s CEO, said: “The Randox Health Grand National Festival is a fantastic event and we couldn’t be happier with how the last two years have gone. The racing over the three days is of the highest quality, and we’re delighted to be continuing our involvement for a further five years.
“With massive crowds on the racecourse and a huge TV audience, the National meeting is one of the biggest occasions in the sporting calendar and one that we are thrilled to be a part of.”