Thursday April 7, 2016
It hardly seems possible it’s almost time for the Grand National once again. This is the culmination of a three-day event at Aintree. It begins on 7th April with the Grand Opening Day, continues with Ladies Day on Fabulous Friday, and finally we have the famous Grand National on Saturday 9th April.
Most people can name a few of the most famous fences on the course, including Becher’s Brook, The Chair and several others. However, you never know which horse and rider will cross the finish line first. Will it be the one you have placed a bet on this year?
The hot favourite at the time of writing is Many Clouds. The horse won last year’s Grand National and if it won this year’s National as well, it would be the first horse to do so since the legendary Red Rum did it in the Seventies. Long odds, you might think, but it remains the favourite to win this year.
However, as we know from previous races, being the favourite in the betting odds doesn’t give any guarantee the horse will win the race. Indeed, many outsiders have been champions in years gone by. Last year, Many Clouds had a starting price of 25/1, meaning anyone who bet on it would have had a nice return for their money. The previous year’s winner started with the same price, while the 2013 winner, Auroras Encore, was a 66/1 outsider. You would have to look back to 2010 to find an occasion of a favourite at the start of the race to actually win it. Don’t Push It, ridden by Tony McCoy, won the race as the 10/1 joint favourite. The year before that, though, Mon Mome won as a 100/1 shot!
This year, 40 horses will take part as the absolute maximum. Not all of those will be likely to finish. You can never tell what will happen once the Grand National gets underway, but one thing is certain: It’s worth placing a bet or two on the horses you think might cross the line in first place. Make sure you get your bets in well before the race begins, and good luck.