Britainâ€™s annual Grand National betting bonanza is just three days away as the Nation prepares for the running of the John Smiths Grand National 2011.
Betting giants William Hill estimate a week-long Â£1billion betting boom as the Country winds its way out of the recession and embraces the three-day Grand National meeting, in addition to Tiger Woods return in the US Masters Golf. Champions League and FA Cup semi-finals plus a full weekend of Football league, and a host of other sporting events will further add to business.
Current ante-post Grand National favourite Big Fella Thanks will have the bookies running scared with die-hard punters backing the Paul Nicholls-trained, and Ruby Walsh-ridden gelding for weeks now, with stablemate Tricky Trickster, 2009 winner Mon Mome, and â€˜rags to richesâ€™ runner Dream Alliance all preparing to hit the bookiesâ€™ satchels hard.
David Hood, spokesman for William Hill, said: â€˜â€™This will be a week of reckoning for the bookies â€“ with an intense amount of betting activity surrounding the Grand National, Tigerâ€™s return, and the major football action. After last yearâ€™s incredible 100-1 winner, the bookies were in clover â€“ but we fear a strike-back as punters search for revenge.â€™â€™
John Smithâ€™s Grand National 2010Â (NRNB): 7-1 Big Fella Thanks, 10-1 Mon Mome, 14-1 Arbor Supreme, Black Apalachi , The Package, Tricky Trickster, 16-1 Niche Market, Snowy Morning, 20-1 Backstage, Canâ€™t Buy Time, Character Building, State Of Play, Vic Venturi, 25-1 Donâ€™t Push It, Whinstone Boy, 28-1 Comply or Die, 33-1 Ballyholland, Chief Dan George, 40-1 Dream Alliance, Irish Raptor, Johns Castle, Maljimar, My Will, 50-1 Ballytrim, Cloudy Lane, Galant Nuit, Hello Bud, King Offshore Account, Palypso De Creek, 66-1 Abbeybraney, Ballyfitz, Belon Gale, Cerium, EricÂ´s Charm, Flintoff, Joe Lively, Madison Du Berlais, Nozic, Officier De Reserve, Over The Creek, Silver Birch, Treacle, 100-1 According To John, Beat The Boys, Chiaro, Conna Castle, Duers, Ellerslie George, Faasel, Kings Advocate, Knowhere, Lorum Leader, Made In Taipan, Merigo, Mr Pointment, Ollie Magern, Oodachee, Pablo Du Charmil, Pak Jack, Piraya, Pomme Tiepy, Preists Leap, Royal Rosa, Wee Robbie, 200-1 Offaly ALL QUOTED (EW 1/4 1,2,3,4)