Picking a winning horse is a very hard thing to do, however, we’ve compiled a list of things that might make it that little bit easier!
Looking for the perfect way to pick a horse for the Grand National? Well if we are honest there isn’t one. At least 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.
While the traditional method of studying the form can narrow the field for you it is time-consuming. It can also take the fun out of betting for many of the novice punters who gamble on the National every year. So we have laid out a selection of alternative, fun ways to pick your horse instead.
Alternative Ways To Pick A 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. When Rule The World won in 2016, fans of the Take That song of the same name, rejoiced as their love of the band paid off in the Grand National.
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.
You would be surprised the number of times people win, just from having a slight connection with a horse! Remember when ‘One For Arthur’ bagged the win in 2017??
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 Neptunes Collonges in 2012 and 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 really doesn’t matter so long as you pick it. Horses such as Cappa Bleu, Definitly Red, West End Rocker or even Potters Corner 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. Another example of this is Sir Alex Ferguson. A hero to many Manchester United fans, he is now a horse owner. A lot of people will back his horses due to the United connection.
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 is fiercely independent, then ‘On His Own’ could be the horse for you.
Maybe you know somebody who is ‘Always Right’? Or indeed someone who is ‘Pleasant Company’? Whatever the reason, a name will jump out at you when the scan the race card.
This is well worth doing, pick an Irish Jockey, Horse or Trainer and if at all possible all three! The reason being that since 2014 each winner has either been owned, trained or ridden by someone Irish. The famous Tiger Roll who has won the 2018 and 2019 Grand National was trained, ridden and owned all by Irish personnel.
Keep away from the French! There is a reason for this as a French horse hasn’t won the Grand National for well over 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.
Likewise for Pineau De Re in 2014. This French-bred winner was trained in the UK by Richard Newland and won on odds of 25/1.
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 Bonus Bet offer (there will be conditions). It won’t feel half so bad if you lose using someone else’s cash and as they payout on the first 5 horses (instead of the traditional 4) you have a better chance of collecting some winnings.
Make sure you bet ‘Each Way’ as this ensures you pick up some cash even if your horse comes in as low as fourth or fifth depending on the bookmaker.