Grand National Betting Preview
Dig out the form guide and loosen those purse strings, because the biggest race on the planet is just around the corner! When Grand National day arrives betting takes on a new dimension, as everyone wants to grab a piece of the action. As always this is genuinely anyoneâ€™s race, but who will your money be on in 2009?
Last yearâ€™s winner, Comply Or Die, is sure to attract the punters. However, not since the days of Red Rum has a horse been victorious on more than one occasion, whilst â€˜Rummyâ€™ remains the only one post-war to land the title in consecutive years.
One thing a Grand National winner needs is stamina, as it is considered an achievement to even complete the four-and-a-half mile trip. Second and third respectively last time out, King Johnâ€™s Castle and Snowy Mountain proved that they both have what it takes to do more than just make it round the unforgiving Aintree terrain â€“ could this be their year?
Traditionally the favourite rarely lives up to its billing, more often than not being upstaged by a much longer shot. This creates some fantastic value (along with a headache for the bookies) and, especially in these times of financial gloom, the thought of a big payout makes a Grand National flutter an extremely attractive prospect.
But with such a mind-boggling field to choose from, betting can be somewhat daunting. This is where each-way punts become a tasty alternative! Famous old names such as Ollie Magern and Simon may be past their best, but they are proven competitors on the big stages and are more than capable of entering the shake-up.
With such a demanding course for jockey and mount to navigate, experience on either side can be crucial. Many have taken the honours having fallen as an outsider the previous year. This was the fate of Black Apalachi in 2008 and it is no coincidence that he is likely to be one of the stronger fancies come April 4th.
On the other side of the coin though, fallers and strays â€“ not to mention the good old British weather â€“ are obstacles that even the legendary Tony McCoy has had trouble negotiating. Indeed, the great man has yet to add the big one to his endless list of achievements â€“ proof that Lady Luck needs to be smiling sweetly!
So whether youâ€™re a form fanatic or you prefer to stick a pin in the paper blindfolded, itâ€™s time to take your pick from a host of runners and riders!