Are you all set for one of the major events in the horse racing calendar?

Yes, it's that time of year - the Grand National returns on Saturday (April 8).

Betting fans throughout the country are all set for their annual flutter ahead of the famous race.

But don't worry if you haven't checked the form guides, or had a look at the jockeys, the trainers and the odds.

We've compiled a fantastic little tool to help you pick your runner just in time.

Forty runners will be competing at Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside, for a £1million prize, in one of the top racing events of the year.

So check out our handy little gadget that should get you all set for the race.

It takes into account the form of the horses, their jockey's win ratios, weights and odds to help you decide who to bet on.

Simply slide the horses on each bar to match the kind of horse you want to back.

Want the top jockey? Then slide the horse on the jockey bar to the right and towards the finishing post.

If you want the favourite, then slide the horse on the odds bar to the right.

But choose wisely, you can't slide each of the horses right to the finishing line.

The combined distance travelled of all the horses can only be as far as two whole bars.

The race begins at 5.15pm on Saturday, so brace yourself, soak in all the action on ITV Racing or the radio and less than 10 minutes later you could be a big winner - if you take part in the Mirror's fantastic sweepstake.

The sweepstake

While you may not win as much as the runners do, if you download and print out this fantastic sweepstake kit, you may just be able to beat your friends.

Just cut out the 40 names below and put them in a hat or whatever you can get your hands on to jumble up the pieces of paper.

Even if you don't know anything about racing as you have the same chance of picking out the favourite as you have a no-hoper.

Download your sweepstake kit here

Just click on the picture, press print, cut the names out, round up the people in your office and enjoy!

To print from Chrome, press Ctrl+P (or command+P on a Mac), set the page to landscape, tick "simplify page" and press print.

Then print a blank form here to keep track of who has drawn which horse.

How to sort out the kitty

We suggest £2 a ticket, which will give you a kitty of £80.

Get your friends or colleagues to draw a ticket and fill in the list below with the details of who has picked which horse.

Give the holder of the winning ticket £40, the second £25, the third £10 and the fourth a fiver.


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How to follow Saturday's race - and the build-up

There will be three bumper pullouts in your copy of the Daily Mirror, while you can follow all the build-up and live coverage at

What time will it start?

Officials confirmed late last year that the Grand National will now be run at the later start time of 5:15pm.

You can catch the race live on ITV, who will be broadcasting the race for the first time, fronted by presenter Ed Chamberlain.

BBC Radio will cover the whole day, while talkSPORT will provide coverage of the main race.

AP McCoy celebrates winning the 4.15 John Smith's Grand National riding Don't Push it

Where does it take place?

As always, the world's most famous horse race will take place at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool.

The famous steeplechase has been run at that location since it was first formed back in 1839.

Where will I be able to watch it?

ITV won a contract to show horse racing for the next four years, taking over from current broadcasters Channel 4.

The deal is estimated to have cost in the region of £30million.

Included in the rights are fixtures such as the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot.

After successfully showing Cheltenham Festival, ITV Racing will show the big one.

Who are the favourites?

Definitly Red - 10/1

Vieux Lion Rouge - 11/1

More of That - 12/1

Cause of Causes - 12/1

Blaklion - 14/1

One for Arthur - 14/1

*Odds courtesy of Skybet (subject to change)

Can I still get tickets?

Tickets are still available for the race and can be purchased here.

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