Friday March 20, 2015
Some people like to have a flutter every now and then, while others only ever put bets on occasionally. The Grand National is perhaps the best example of this. There are individuals who only ever place a bet once a year on this most famous of horse races. Will you be among them?
At the time of writing there were 87 runners and riders ready to enter the field on the day of the race. No doubt this number could change slightly before the big day arrives, but for now there are certainly lots of potential winners to choose from. Notable names include Shutthefrontdoor, who was the favourite to win early on in the bidding stakes.
However the favourites typically don’t always win this famous steeplechase. Indeed, some of the starting prices given for the horses as the race began can be very appealing indeed. In 2014 Pineau de Re won the race at a starting price of 25/1. The year before that we saw Auroras Encore win at an even better price of 66/1. No doubt some people were very pleased at the return they got for a casual bet on that race.
We have to go back to 2010 to see a favourite (in this case a joint favourite) win the race. This was Don’t Push It at 10/1. However the year before that the winning horse was a 100/1 shot by the name of Mon Mome. Many people probably would have wished they’d placed a bet on that one!
In fact of the last ten Grand Nationals only one has been won by the favourite at the start of the race. Two others have been won by one of the joint favourites, while the odds for the other horses have ranged from 11/1 all the way up to 100/1. As you can see it’s as much to do with good luck as anything else.
So check out the odds for this year’s Grand National and make your choice. The favourite to win may well not be the winner at all, as you can see from past results at the race.