How to pick your Aintree betting selection
Grand National betting provides a unique opportunity each year for everyone and anyone to make a significant amount of money at the bookies without risking a lot of it in the process. All you have to do is to pick the winner and your little five pound note can easily become a healthy fifty quid or even £500.
The National has the appeal of a lottery in that, theoretically, it can be lifted by any horse but it is a lot more entertaining to watch than any lottery draw I have ever seen. Perhaps this is why your grandmother may want to wager a few pounds on a horse with a name that she likes or your brother, who usually bets only on football, may want to bet on a horse someone was talking about in the pub. He would never forgive himself if it came in at a long price without his money on it.
No wonder the betting volumes on the world’s favourite steeplechase have been steadily increasing ever since it was first shown live on television back in the 1960s. The attraction of big winnings have maintained its popularity even through times of recession. Some people are understandably tempted to gamble more money on the Grand National betting when times are tough. Few other investments can give you a tenfold or one hundred fold return in about ten minutes.
Getting value for money at Aintree
Every April at Aintree there is the opportunity to make big money. The race offers punters outstanding value on a number of levels:
1. Unlike the Derby, held on the flat at Epsom, over a distance of a mile and a half, the National is not over in a mere two and a half minutes. A bet at Aintree potentially offers nearly ten minutes of exhilaration for punters. You just hope that your selection is not one of the early casualties on the first circuit.
2. How often does a worthy favourite in a horse race start at odds of 10-1? You won’t find one in the Derby or any flat race. Don’t Push It, ridden by champion jockey, Tony McCoy, went off as the joint favourite at exactly that price in the 2010 Grand National betting.
Countless punters put their faith in Tony McCoy’s bid to break his duck in the four mile, four furlong marathon that had so far eluded him in his otherwise illustrious career. Don’t Push It prevailed by five lengths over Black Apalachi, having successfully negotiated the thirty fences unlike so many of McCoy’s previous mounts.
The victory provoked an unprecedented display of emotion from McCoy and considerable jubilation among the many thousands who had placed their money on him. Even the small stake punters won enough money to improve the quality of their weekend. The big gamblers were counting wads of cash while the bookmakers bewailed the financial disaster that had befallen them.
The 2009 victor, Mon Mome, helped keep the legend of success with long shots alive by romping home at the incredible price of 100-1. The few clever punters who realised how generously priced the useful Venetia Williams trained horse was earned themselves a tasty Spring bonus.
In 2009 the bookmakers were exceptionally lucky. A horse with a French name attracted very little random money as no one had a dog or relative with a name that was similar. If the more popularly named My Will, the second favourite in the Grand National betting at 8-1, had been first past the post, it would have been a sorry financial story for the bookmakers.
Now you do not even have to leave your home to bet on the Aintree race. Online bookmakers provide a plethora of attractive offers, keen to attract your business in the UK’s annual gambling bonanza.
Grand National Betting tips
If you want to make money on the winner on a regular basis, it is no longer wise to aim exclusively at horses with extremely long odds. Mon Mome’s 2009 success at 100-1 will probably help to fill the bookmakers’ pockets with ill informed ‘hope rather than expectation’ money for quite a few years but, looking back at the prices of past winners, it is unlikely to be repeated in the near future.
Foinavon was the next most recent 100-1 shot that rewarded his followers, and that was a long way back in 1967. His odds accurately reflected his chances in a race which witnessed an almost total wipe out of the opposition. Foinavon won after he survived the mother of all pile ups at a rather innocuous obstacle that did not even have a title. It does now, the Foinavon Fence.
Since the turn of the century, only a third of the winners have been longer priced than 20-1, and Red Marauder’ s triumph in 2001 at odds of 33-1 was largely attributed to the extremely heavy ground which literally sank the chances of the more fancied horses. In 2008 and 2005 as well as 2010 the favourite prevailed. However Neptune Collonges collected for the value seekers with victory in 2012 at 33/1.
If you want a return on a wide outsider these days, you are probably better off betting on it each-way. If you want to pick the winner in the Grand National betting, put your faith in one of the favourites as they are usually worth following.