Grand National Runners 2012
With 40 Grand National runners certain to line up at Aintree each year, it can be a hard job to single out one horse to achieve victory. Over 100 horses are typically entered into the Grand National and then a few days before the top 40 based on weights handed out by the handicapper are declared, while four more are held on standby in case one of those chosen is forced to pull out.
Numerous ways to pick from the Grand National runners
There are many strategies utilised by different punters when it comes to picking a winner from the Grand National runners. Some choose to follow trends that have been consistent among the most recent Grand National winners. Among these are that horses aged nine or older tend to fare best and seven-year-old horses should be avoided at all costs. Horses carrying more than 11st 5lb also have a poor record in the Grand National and in general following trends can discount a large number of the Grand National runners.
Less serious punters who tend to use a more pot-luck approach to select a possible Grand National win have come up with a host of other strategies. Some tend to follow a certain jockey, others pick their lucky number, grey horses can largely be popular, while some horses can have something in common with a particular punter, such as the same name.
Ballabriggs and Synchronised could be popular Grand National runners
Having won the Grand National previously, some punters may feel they have allegiances to Ballabriggs and may back him in the hope that he can repeat his previous successes. Meanwhile, Synchronised is out to complete a memorable double following his victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.