Looking for the perfect way to pick a horse for the Grand National? Well if we are honest there isn’t one, not a sure fire way to pick a winner anyway. In fact the Grand National is one of the most unpredictable horse races of modern times and while the traditional method of studying the form can narrow the field for you it is time consuming and can take the fun out of betting for many of the novice punters who gamble on the National every year. So we have laid out below a selection of alternative, fun ways to pick your horse.
If there is a horse listed that shares a name with a friend or family member or even someone from your favourite band then that could be the one for you. Remember it doesn’t really matter what odds the horse has been given as there have been many horses that have won on long odds.
A quick way to reduce the selection pool of horses is to go with a ‘grey’ as last year only 4 were at the starting line up. While greys aren’t known for winning the Grand National the last grey to win was Nicolaus Silver in 1961 but King John’s Castle was runner up in 2008.
It could be that you have noticed a connection to your favourite sporting team or player, maybe the connection is the strip colour or the home ground, it doesn’t matter so long as you pick it. Horses such as Cappa Bleu, Becauseicouldntsee, West End Rocker or even Organisedconfusion could ring true to you.
If you look at the colours (know as silks) the Jockey wears can you find a connection? If you do then with a bit of luck the Jockey will be riding a decent horse.
If you have a hobby you might be able to find a link there such as ‘Seabass’ for the anglers among you. It could be that you are someone who has pride in their independence, then ‘On His Own’ could be the horse for you. It could also be that you have been in a long term relationship and recognise something in the horse ‘Always Right’.
This is well worth doing, pick an Irish Jockey, Horse or Trainer and if at all possible all three! The reason being that 6 out of the last 12 National Winners have had an Irish connection so it is a good bet to put your money on. Midnight Club or Alpha Beat could be in with a chance this year and worth having a punt.
Keep away from the French! There is a reason for this and it isn’t casual racism as a French horse hasn’t won the Grand National for well over a 100 years. That piece of advice only applies to French horses not trained in the UK as in 2008 Venetia Williams’ horse Mon Mome took the race in 2008.
If you can’t find a connection of any sort then you could always put all the names on separate pieces of paper and pick a random horse from a bag!
Once you have selected your horse you should place your bet with a bookie that has a Free Bet offer (there will be conditions). Paddy Power are giving a Free 20 Pound bet if you open an account on line and stake 10 Pounds of you’re own money. It wont feel half so bad if you lose using someone else’s cash and as they pay out on the first 5 horses (instead of the traditional 4) you have a better chance of collecting some cash.
Make sure you bet ‘Each Way’ this ensures you pick up some cash even if your horse comes in as low as 4th (5th with Paddy Power).