On the run up to the 2018 Grand National which will be on Saturday 14th April, we take a quick look at the film stars and their horses.

Released in 1963 by Technicolor was 'Grand National' in which American film star Gregory Peck can clearly be seen in the crowd and in the 1968 race the favourite, Different Class, was owned by actor.

The Grand National grabbed a share of Hollywood fame with the film National Velvet, starring a young Elizabeth Taylor.

She appeared in her first leading role aged 12 as showjumper Velvet Brown. She played a young girl who trains a horse to win the Grand National.

The 1944 film, filmed at Pebble Beach in California, made Taylor an international teenage star as well as glorifying the racecourse.

As well as making beautiful, cinematic masterpieces featuring horses, Steven Spielberg also co-owned his very own racehorse: Atswhatimtalkingabout, a horse that came in at fourth place during the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

Kevin Costner is also a lover of the sport and part-owner of many racehorses which regularly race in California, and has made a documentary which looks at the life and history of a jockey, Laffit Pincay. His passion was so strong that he gave up his city pad and purchased a ten-acre ranch to indulge his love of horses buying several, and riding regularly away from prying eyes on his own land.

A staggering 600million+ people around the world tune-in to watch the Grand National at Aintree each April. 8.2 million of those are here in the UK alone.

The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 metres) with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017.

Make sure you watch the Grand National this year. Organisers have tinkered with the race time of the Grand National in recent years, but they’ve settled on a later time. Due to television demands and with peak viewers needed to attract advertisers, the 2018 Grand National time will be 5:15pm (GMT).

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