Fun Way to Pick your Grand National 2014 Horse?

The Grand National is the most watched horse-race across the world, with an estimated audience of over 600m people tuning in, from over 140 different countries. It is a chase, ran over four miles and three furlongs over the extremely unique Aintree obstacles. The three-day meeting attracts over 150,000 racegoers, with people travelling from around the globe to see the world’s most-famous steeplechase, and soak in the famous Aintree atmosphere, which has only improved since it’s inauguration in 1839.

It is now worth over £1m for the first-time in its illustrious history, and there will plenty of punters hoping to earn their own win-falls out of the race, by selecting the winner, with plenty of weird and wonderful ways of selecting the winner coming to the fore.

When it comes to picking the winner of the Crabbie’s Grand National, there are many tried and tested methods which are (rarely) successful.

It is a case of each to their own, with many different tactics being adopted. It is the one race a year where form doesn’t always come first, and the amount of obstacles the horses have to overcome play a major factor. Out comes the pin to stick in the sweepstake pull-out, whilst others opt to choose their favourite name, silks or colour of the horse.


Are you a fan of the Royals?

If so, then Monbeg Dude is the horse for you. Part-owned by rugby player Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips, the horse will have his fair share of supporters come Aintree. Zara, Queen Elizabeth’s second-eldest grandchild, has been instrumental in the gelding’s preparation, as she nursed him over fences in an attempt to sort out his rather hit-and-miss form over the obstacles. She has been a major part in the horse’s tremendous recent form, and he may go some way to atoning her great-grandmothers former horse, Devon Loch, who fell in the home straight when having the race at his mercy in 1956.

Are you a big fan of retro TV shows?

Then look no further than Shakalakaboomboom, who shares his name with the former TV show about a magic pencil. The eleven-year-old finished ninth in the 2012 edition when well-fancied, and he is now nine pounds better off in the weights. He has the ability to mount a very strong challenge, and should prove popular amongst the punters who often side with ‘amusing names’.

Do you work in footwear?

Then delve into the Big Shu market, and get stuck in at 25/1. He is a top-class Cross-Country Chaser, who landed the Cheltenham version in 2013, before finishing a respectable third when attempting to defend his crown this year. He is a magnificent jumper, and stays over four miles. The only concern is that he will need rain, to help him race on his ideal surface.

What’s your lucky number?

Many people choose to side with their lucky number, so why not take a chance on Double Seven, who is likely to have the services of Tony McCoy in the saddle. His trainer has won the race before, back in 2006 with Numbersixvalverde, and he will have his eight-year-old in peak condition come Aintree. He rattled up a five-timer, which included the Munster National, during the summer and early autumn. He has since had a break and will arrive at Aintree fresh, and raring to go.

Fan of exercise?

If so, then what better way to finish your Grand National selection than with a Long Run. The nine-year-old landed the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup in impressive fashion, and has managed to maintain a certain level of form since. Connections are hopeful of a big run, and should he manage to piece together his best form, he will be right there come the finish.

Class is permanent?

If you believe in the old adage ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’, then Tidal Bay may well be the bet for you. He has ran consistently well at the top level for a number of years, and although he is now a 13-year-old he is showing no signs of regression. He has magnificent form this year, and although he has the burden of top weight to contend with, he should put him a bold performance.

Fan of Rainbows?

The Rainbow Hunter is proving increasingly popular in the build-up to the big-race, and he looks like his price will be contracting all the way up until the start of the race. Kim Bailey’s horse has solid form over fences, and looks a likely improver. There are question marks over the trip, however he did finish second in the race last year (albeit without a jockey), which proves to an extent he can handle the course and distance.

Big fan of flowers?

Well how about roses then? Rose of the Moon looked incredibly impressive last time out at Wetherby, when stretching clear of a competitive field. He should have come on from the run, and his experience over the fences last December cannot be underestimated. He is also a grey, meaning will have plenty of fans on the day, as his combined name and colour will prove too hard to resist for many, at an extremely attractive price.

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