How to pick a horse for the Grand National

11 April 2018

Speak to any expert in horse racing and they’ll tell you that the Grand National is one of the hardest sporting events to pick a winner in.

It’s 4 miles long and features around 40 horses who must traverse 30 fences in a true endurance race for both the animal and the rider.  So many things can go wrong, whether it be the weather, the ground, other horses or even other jockeys; no horse and jockey combination can win the Grand National without a huge slice of luck. 

With all of this in mind, we thought better than to try and give you some expert advice when it comes to picking a Grand National winner, instead, we’re going to advise you on how best to pick a horse.  Any horse. 

How many times have you looked over a list of Grand National runners and then thought ‘I don’t know what to pick’, that’s what we’re going to help you with.

Jockey colours

You’ll see a range of colours accompanying every horse name when you first look at the list of runners and riders.  These colours are what the jockeys will wear on their chests, so choose a pattern or colour that you’re quite fond of or, more importantly, pick one that allows you to easily pick out the horse that you’ve chosen.  After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than picking a horse and being unable to see it amongst the 39 others runners.

Pick your favourite number

The chances are that your favourite number will be between 1 and 40.  So why not pick it?  Whether it’s a conservative 7, 9 or even an outlandish 36, use your favourite number to pick your horse.  Easy.

Look for the names

If you had an Uncle Arthur, there’s a good chance that you would’ve picked One For Arthur at last year’s Grand National and if you did, you’d have been returning to the bookies after the race to pick up your winnings.

So if you know a Sam, Carole or even a Vicente, you could use it as inspiration to pick one of the horses in the 2018 Grand National and watch it ride to victory.

Close your eyes and point

You could just close your eyes, move your finger about a bit and then randomly point to a horse on a list of runners.

Although, if you put your finger near two horses you’ll probably have to back both, so be prepared for the danger that this method represents when it comes to putting your finger in-between multiple horses.

Get someone else to pick

Take no responsibility for your actions.  Pass this great task onto someone else, possibly someone you trust.

Then when it loses, you take none of the blame and can instead accuse others for failing to pick a winner.  It’s a no-lose situation.

Gamble Responsibly

The most important thing with regards to betting is to make sure you do so responsibly. 

It may seem like an obvious thing to say but so many people bet without thinking of the consequences of doing so.  Ensure that you can afford to have a flutter and that you’re always in control of what you’re doing.

When is the Grand National?

The 2018 Grand National will take place on Saturday April 14th at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool.

Now that you know how to pick a horse as well as knowing where and when it’s going to run, all that’s left to do is to sit back and enjoy the race.  Best of luck!

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