‘The Jewel in the Crown of Racing’. I’m sure that’s a description that you’ll have heard used to describe The Grand National over the years, and for good reason. This feast of top draw racing enthrals the betting public each and every year, with epic rivalries occurring and records made to be broken. Each time the race is held the history books are just waiting for a new and exciting chapter to be written. Who can forget the epic wins of Red Rum in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and isn’t it fascinating how this very year may well bring the first ‘three in a row’ Grand National winner in the long history of the event, courtesy of the one and only Tiger Roll trying to add to his 2018 and 2019 wins. He clearly firmly has his eyes on the Grand National prize and so let’s hope he has the opportunity to do so.
Tiger Rolls is currently 8-1 with many bookmakers to win the Grand National. I wouldn’t call those betting odds generous as such but at the same time, it’s not unbelievably short. It’s bound to be a popular bet with punters as many would love nothing more than to see this fairytale record breaking effort take place as they watched live on TV (or on the Aintree course if they’re lucky!).So from the bookmakers perspective anything other than a Tiger Roll victory is likely good for profits, or ‘free money’ as people often like to call it. Other popular Grand National prospects at time of posting include second Favourite ‘Any Second Now’ at 10-1, Burrows Saint at 12-1 and Definitely Red at odds of 14-1.
They are a quite closely bunched lot really, but the Grand National of course can surprise. Bookmakers fall over themselves to offer free bets during the National too, because it’s such an attractive big money event. You can click here to find your recommended free bet if you are looking for some examples. A large field, brutal hurdles and horses being pushed all the way by their riders, ensure that you never quite know what’s coming. With that thought in mind opting to bet on a long shot isn’t always the worst idea either. 100-1 shots have won the National in the past and so this isn’t pie in the sky stuff. What better feeling than to be one of the few punters cheering on a 100-1 outsider as it crosses the line in first place?
For millions the race will be a welcome distraction from the bad news on our screens right now, and tuning into the Grand National on April 2nd will be an exciting and familiar moment in time. It sounds like the event may be held behind closed doors due restrictions on large crowds, but to be honest whether there are on course cheers or not, the show must go on and the Grand National is likely to be as captivating as it ever had been. It’s ‘the’ race to win for any horse, jockey or trainer and the outcome is now and always far from a formality even if your selection does appear to tick all of the right boxes. Just ask trainers like Nicky Henderson, he’s won everything there is to win in racing, but still a Grand National win eludes him! It’s the one they all want to win!