The Grand National is nearly upon us and with up to 40 horses running tomorrow afternoon it should be spectacle to behold.
Thousands of punters will be in attendance at Aintree and no doubt they will vary from plenty to no experience of racing. For somebody like myself who realistically shares an interest in two events a year, there is a lot to take into consideration. Those factors include Runners, Riders, Trainers and Form, to name but a few!
I still find it amazing how this one event attracts so much interest when, let’s be honest, it is a lottery. A number of reasons suffice for punters to get involved, whether the jockey’s silks are your favourite colour or something as simple as the name just leaps out at you.
The lottery of the race for me makes it one of the greatest puzzles to solve that even the most seasoned tipsters are left scratching their heads on how to pick the winner. For all you having a bet tomorrow, I wish you the best of luck!
The distance Run over four miles, two and a half furlongs (there's eight furlongs in a mile by the way), the National is the longest horse race in Britain by, er, miles. This means you need a horse with a massive engine (not an actual engine, that would be cheating). Everyone has a flutter This is the one betting race a year for many people, bookies are trumpeting a possible £100million in bets. For those who like an outsider, memories of Mon Mome's 2009 triumph at the tasty price of 100/1 are still fresh...