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Grand National Betting

Grand National Betting

It is the biggest race of the horse racing calendar and the Grand National betting market is the most popular of the year. Not only do die-hard horse racing fans want to study the form, but the tradition of the race means that other people less familiar with horse racing betting also attempt to pick the winner.

Grand National odds offer something for everyone

The way the Grand National odds are set up means a small bet at big odds could provide a punter with a huge return. Mon Mome proved this in 2009 when he won the Grand National at odds of 100/1.

Although Mon Mome may not have been a common selection of punters studying the form and trends ahead of the Grand National, many less widespread methods of picking a horse may have led to him being picked. These include people with a lucky number of 15, anyone who backs horses with both words starting with the same letter, jockeys wearing green or simply putting all of the Grand National runners in a hat and picking one at random.

40 horses to feature in the Grand National betting

There are 30 fences that have to be successfully negotiated at Aintree for one of the 40 horses to be successful in the Grand National. Meanwhile, a horse will have to show stamina as well as good jumping, as the race is run over 4m4f.

The early Grand National betting market this season reigning champion Ballabriggs as the favourite to return to Aintree to defend his crown. Synchronised is the favourite to land the Grand National spoils, but is expected to be pushed by the likes of On His Own, Cappa Bleu and Shakalakaboomboom.

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