It’s that time of the year again, the city is heaving with activity as The Grand National, takes place tomorrow at Aintree. As I said in last year’s preview with “forty runners and thirty fences, it would be easier to pick the lottery numbers than accurately predict the race.” However, having said that, I did predict the winner Tiger Roll last year. Here are my 5, completely unscientific and not to be trusted Tips (Horses with cool names and colours). Please remember to only gamble what you can afford to lose in the spirit of an enjoyable afternoon and if your horse doesn’t win it is your own fault for listening to me in the first place.
Remember: £5 each-way is £10 in total; £5 of your bet is on the horse to win, the other £5 is on the horse to place (usually 1/5 of the odds of the horse to win.)
Tiger Roll 7/2 A small horse with a big heart and also quite the collection of big wins. He’s also clearly on a roll having won the Cross Country at Cheltenham last month, and if he wins on Saturday he’ll be the first horse since the famous Red Rum in 1973/74 to win back-to-back Grand Nationals. He is a very, very short price, however, but he’s the clear favourite for a reason. £5 each-way returns £31.87 for a win, £8.50 for a place.
Rathvinden 10/1 The jockey with the best record around the course, Ruby Walsh saddles the 11-year-old in Saturday’s feature race. He has won the race twice, but his most recent victory was in 2005 so surely he’s due another one? Bingo callers are very clear that 13 is unlucky for some, and those betting on him will be hoping they’re the ones who are lucky on this occasion! £5 each-way returns £70 for a win, £15 for a place.
One For Arthur 25/1 One for the Guinness drinkers such as myself. The Black Stuff was created by Arthur Guinness in 1759, and you’ll be hopefully in the green stuff (money) if the winner from 2017 can repeat his feat this year. I’ve had a look on the ol’ YouTube, and he looked a fine horse then so hopefully luck o’ the Irish and various other racial stereotypes will carry him home. £5 each-way returns £160 for a win, £30 for a place.
Singlefarmpayment 50/1 The Single Farm Payment is an agricultural subsidy paid to farmers in the EU – One in the eye for Jacob Rees Mogg and the rest of the ERG if he wins on Saturday. From reading about him, he seems to promise a lot in races but deliver very little most of the time, I wonder if there are any parallels there? However, he has achieved at least a place finish in 15/25 of his runs so there is some good value there as an each-way bet. £5 each-way returns £310 for a win, £55 for a place.
Livelovelaugh 66/1 The Tango Ice-Blasts and salted chilli chicken collected in a Fiat 500 will be on you if this horse, with the most Basic Bitch name in history, romps home. The horse hasn’t won since January 2018, but it has been there or thereabouts in the majority of its races thus far. A good price for an each-way bet and you may as well pick based on a name as anything else. £5 each-way returns £406, £71 for a place.
Again, there are 40 Horses in this race, it’s highly unlikely you are going to have a horse to even get a place, never mind win so don’t do anything stupid with your money. You’re probably not going to win, but hopefully, you have fun anyway
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