The Grand National, without a shadow of a doubt the most famous jumps race in the entire world. It is back for its annual renewal on Saturday and this race pulls in the most experienced and the most casual of punters alike. This is a special day at Aintree, a special race with forty runners all lining up at the start, ready to take on the challenge of the four and a half mile battle over the jumps.
There have been modifications to the race in the last few years, which means that it is getting quicker and those expert jumpers don’t necessarily come to the fore, because the jumps are easier than ever before to get over. But the need for stamina is still there, especially with the pace in the race being picked up. In the last two years we have seen second-season chasers land the title, a big buck in trend there and the race is starting to heavily favour the younger runners.
Heading up the field for the Grand National 2017 betting is Vieux Lion Rouge who was a seventh placed finisher here last year. That’s race experience under his belt which could count for him this time out as an eight year old, primed to take his success in the Grand National Trial this season to the bigger stage. He has stayed steady at the head of the market but there has been big moves for Definitely Red lately who has terrific stamina and is a good jumper.
Other main contenders in Grand national 2017 betting are More Of That, Blaklion, Cause of Causes and The Last Samurai. There are big, big prices wherever you look and even around the 25/1 mark you can find big value and there have been plenty of big-priced winners of the National recently to warrant going and looking deeper down the field for Saturday’s big race. Who will follow last year’s winner Rule The World in the history books?
Betfred are running a great Grand National promotion, go and back a horse in the outright market and if your selection finishes fifth or sixth in the race, then they will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to £10! This offer is open now until the start of the race! You can also take the insurance of Grand National Non Runner No Bet coverage with them, so if your selection fails to make it to the start you get your stake back. There is also Best Odds Guaranteed meaning that if the starting price is bigger than an early price you took, you get paid out at the bigger price!