Horse Racing

There is one day in the English sporting calendar which stands above all the others in the volume of bets placed. The Grand National is synonymous with a punt and everyone is convinced they have the inside knowledge and the ability to pick the winner.

The race, this year held on 8th April, will generate over half a billion pounds in official betting. With the current favourite, Vieux Lion Rouge, starting at 10/1, it is easy to understand why so many bets are placed. If the betting Gods are working in your favour and with around a fifth of the field sitting on 100/1, a small fortune could be right around the corner. Continue reading “Betting’s Biggest Day – The Grand National”

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At the Start

The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and although it does not market itself on ‘the race that stops a nation’ like the Melbourne Cup in Australia, it is a race that attracts more interest than any other in the UK.

Once a year customers place a bet on the Grand National and do so by various different methods, including names, colours and numbers. Some punters also look for Grand National tips from various different betting sites which specialise in the race.

If you do want to study the form this year, here are five factors you should look out for when searching for the winner.

Age

Looking at the last 10 years as a guide, more 10-year-olds have won this race than any other age bracket. Interestingly only two eight year olds or younger have come out on top in the Grand National in the last 23 years and one of those was Many Clouds in 2015.

If you did want to set an age bracket to look out for then 9-12 years seems to be the best trend. These are the peak years for horses running in the Grand National as they have experience and are not too old to win the race.

Jockey

This is probably one of the most important factors to look out for and should not be underestimated. The Grand National course is the complete challenge for a national hunt racehorse but it is also a stern challenge for the jockeys.

Certain jockeys have a better record than others in this. Ruby Walsh is regarded by many people to be the best jockey around today now that Tony McCoy has retired and he has won this race twice. It is no fluke that Leighton Aspell is bidding for his third consecutive success this year either. He rides the course very well and it is a big positive for Many Cloud’s bid of winning the race again.

Jumping

The obstacles that the 40 runners have to clear around the Grand National course are much bigger than in a chase contest around any other racetrack in the UK. It is therefore crucial that you choose a horse which has a good record of jumping.

When looking at the form, avoid those with a ‘F’ frequently appearing in results as that means it has fallen on several occasions.

Stamina

The 4m4f trip in the Grand National is a marathon. Some horses will enjoy being able to go round at one pace, while others will just simply struggle to get round.

At the Start

Form over 3m plus is important, while if the ground becomes heavy, look for the horses which act better on the going.

Weight

The Grand National is a handicap to give the 40 runners an equal chance of winning. At the top of the racecard, the horses with the higher weight tend to be the better ones.

Five of the last seven winners have carried 11 stone or more which suggests the better horses are now doing better in this race than they have over the course of the history of this steeplechase.

 

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