Grand National 2014
The Famous Grand National Horse Race
Most people have heard of the Grand National horse race, purely because it is the most famous race of its type in the world. It is a steeplechase on which millions of people around the world place a bet each year, in the hope of winning some cash in the process.
Grand National 2014
The main John Smith’s Grand National race will run on Saturday 5th April 2014, the main Grand National Day.
The favourites and the long shots
If you look back over the history of the race you will see that it has not consistently returned the favourites as the winners. This is because of the complexity and difficulty of the race itself. Just imagine trying to negotiate thirty fences – sixteen of them twice and the other two just once each – over a distance of just over four miles. Even if a horse is in the lead for most of the race it is quite possible for it to lose on the final straight or even before.
This is the challenge that a Grand National bet presents us with. There is simply no way of knowing who will be lucky enough to win the race. Even though a 100/1 shot will in theory have much less of a chance of winning than the favourite in any year, you never know what will happen in reality.
Understanding the appeal of Grand National betting
The race is such a big attraction in the horse racing calendar that lots of people bet on it who never bet at any other time of the year. It is the open nature of the event that makes a Grand National bet so attractive – you never know if you could be backing the lucky winner.
This means that lots of people would actually prefer to back a horse with longer odds. If you look back at the history of the race you will see lots of winners with odds of 12/1, 14/1 or much longer. There have even been a few 100/1 winners, which just goes to show you never know what might happen.
There have certainly been some longer odds on some of the winning horses since the mid Nineties at least. 2009 saw a 100/1 winner, while the 40/1 shot Royal Athlete won in 1995.
Choosing a horse to back in the race
When it comes to Grand National betting it is best to go with your instincts. This could mean choosing a horse whose name you like. You can look at form but since the race is so challenging you just never know how things will turn out.
Backing a horse is easy however. Many online websites will give you odds on all the horses in the race each year. You just have to select the one you want to back, place your bet and hope that your choice manages to cross the line first.
It is definitely exciting to watch the race at Aintree, knowing you have indeed placed a bet and you know which horse and rider to watch as it gets underway. This is what makes the Grand National so nail biting – could this year be the one that sees your choice make it into the history books as the winner?
Even if you don’t choose the right one this time around, don’t let it dissuade you from having a flutter each year. It’s definitely the most exciting race to wager a bet on.