There are only days to go before one of the most exciting races in the horse racing calendar takes place at Aintree, Liverpool in the UK. Saturday 5 April is Grand National day and the four miles, three and a half furlong race will be watched by an estimated 600 million people on live TV around the world.
The race has a long and rich history and is one that causes controversy because of the dangerous nature of the course and the fact that it is not unusual for there to be horse fatalities during the race. However, in recent years, the 30 jumps on the Grand National circuit have been modified to make it safer.
If you enjoy a punt, you can bet on the Grand National in the last couple of days before the race to ensure the best antepost prices. On the day of the race, the odds will shorten considerably on sites like Betfair when the 40 horses that will start the race are announced. It’s a handicap race and only the horses carrying the heaviest weights will be selected.
At the moment, the favourite is Teaforthree, currently priced at around 9/1. If he were to win, it would be the first Welsh-trained Grand National winner since 1905. The jockey who will be riding him, Nick Scholfield, rode him in last year’s race where he finished third. His trainer, Rebecca Curtis, has told the BBC that Teaforthree may be the favourite, but he’ll need luck on his side to win this, the toughest of steeple chase races.
If you like the idea of backing a horse with longer odds, then look at the horses that are priced around 40/1 – anything higher than that has a high chance of not making the starting line and if it does, not having much of a chance of winning, yet alone completing the course.