A recent study has shown that Pink is the most likely colour to attract support in the Grand National. Unlike hardcore punters who study the form day in and day out, more people will back based on names, geography and the colours of the jockey silks.
If pink is the most likely colour that people will be attracted to then there is likely to be an avalanche of money for the Grand National favourite The Midnight Club, the mount of Ruby Walsh who will sporting the very nice pink racing colours in the Grand National.
In a race short on pink silks there is likely to be plenty of money on The Midnight Club. He is trained in Ireland too and as the Grand National Favourite then this one looks almost certain to be the well backed favourite at the off.
Blue is the second most popular colour. There are plenty of horses sporting various shades of blue. Light blue shades it over darker blues according to the boffins. Backstage, another Irish trained horse carries the light blue silks of Middleham Park Racing and as a leading contender he is sure to be popular with the punters. The same colours are carried by Junior who has already won at Royal Ascot and the Chelttenham Festival in the past 12 months.
State Of Play who has finished third and fourth in recent years combines blue and pink. This one is trained in Wales by Evan Williams and is sure to be a popular choice with the punters. He has finished fourth and third in the last two years so is sure to give a good account of himself again this year.
Traditionally green is an unlucky colour in horseracing circles, but it was green with yellow hoops that prevailed last year with Don’t Push It. The Irish silks of JP McManus will be carried by a number of runners including the 2010 Grand National winner who will once again be partnered by Tony McCoy.
The colours of Ballabriggs are also green and yellow and they have also won the National before with Hedgehunter. Backers of that horse are likely to follow the colours. I think we can safely assume that green is not an unlucky colour.
The Sir Alex Ferguson co owned What A Friend surprisingly runs in white with only a touch of red. However technically they are red and white. The Sir Alex Ferguson connection is sure to make this a popular choice too!
Silver By Nature will wear yellow colours but it is his grey colouring that will account for his popularlity. That combined with the fact he is trained in Scotland by a lady trainer will also make him popular.
Eye catching colours are always a popular choice too. Certainly West End Rocker can claim the most eye-catching colours with brilliant Red. For those fans of red teams then West End Rocker is the horse they will be drawn to, except of course Manchester United fans who will back What A Friend.
Having done a straw pole of people in the office the most popular colours are predictably those of The Midnight Club who will look pretty in pink if nothing else !