Grand National Aintree 2009

It is Grand National Aintree 2009 time of year again and as usual what a race it should prove to be. This year’s Grand National betting is the most open-looking in recent years, with My Will becoming clear market leader only this week after it was announced that Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls would definitely team up in an effort to win the richest prize in National Hunt racing. Ruby Walsh is going for his third win in the race, having ridden Papillon to win in 2000 and Hedgehunter in 2005, but Paul Nicholls Grand National winners are a rarer deal indeed. Paul Nicholls is bidding for his first win in the world’s greatest steeplechase, with My Will heading up his team in the 2009 Grand National. His other intended runners are Eurotrek, Cornish Sett and the lightly-raced Big Fella Thanks. Purely from a pricewise point of view, Big Fella Thanks might be the best bet amongst that quartet. Owned by the big-time punter Harry Findlay, Big Fella Thanks has progressed with every start and, third in the Racing Post Chase on his latest outing, he probably has more to improvement in him still. At the time of writing Big Fella Thanks is available at best odds of 22/1.

It is a well reported fact that Tony McCoy has yet to ride a winner of the Grand National and you can be sure that there will be no more a determined jockey riding in this year’s renewal. He has yet to choose between Butler’s Cabin and L’Ami, each horse possessing sound claims on form, though Butler’s Cabin is the better fancied of the two, the pair currently trading at best odds of 10/1 and 22/1 respectively. If you fancy Tony McCoy to win the race without knowing which horse he is on, in effect relying on McCoy’s judgement to pick the better horse of the two, you can back Tony McCoy to win the Grand National with Paddy Power at 10/1 as part of their Grand National specials markets.

A long-time friend of the John Smiths Grand National is the owner of Blackpool Tower Trevor Hemmings. As usual he has a few runners in the 2009 National, including the top-weight and 2008 Grand National favourite Cloudy Lane and the useful but unpredictable Idle Talk. Both horses are relatively unfancied in the latest Grand National betting, but with both having gone well around Aintree in the past they are worth considering if your idea of a Grand National bet is a speculative each-way flutter. Cloudy Lane can be backed at 40/1 while Idle Talk is on offer at a massive 66/1.

With a number of bookmakers offering best odds guaranteed as well as non runner no bet markets in the run-up to the National, there has never been a better time to be a punter. Make sure you know about these special offers by making your first punting port of call.

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