The racing calendar is hotting up, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup already been and gone and the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool only a couple of days away.
The Grand National is widely considered to be the most exciting steeple chase in the world and it attracts more than 600 million viewers who will watch the race live on TV. It’s also one of those sporting events that everyone has a bet on, regardless of what they know about racing. Part of the reason why everyone’s so willing to have a flutter on the National is because the challenging nature of the course makes it really difficult to predict the winner.
The course is four miles, three and a half furlongs long, and the horses and their jockeys must clear 30 fences during the race. There have been plenty of times when a fallen horse has caused other horses to unseat their riders, or just slowed them down enough to crush their chances of being first past the post. This year, Betfair and other betting sites have a horse named Teaforthree down as favourite, with odds currently at around 9/1. If you get a bet on an exchange like Betfair before raced day, you can benefit from longer odds on the antepost prices, but there is always the possibility that you may choose to pick a non-runner. On race day, the field is reduced to the 40 top-weighted horses as it’s a handicap race.
If you don’t know much about racing, you can always get a better idea of it by playing the horse racing game Starters Orders, which is all about the breeding of, training of, racing of and betting on horses. Starters Orders 6 is out at the end of April, but if you want to test it out, then download the free week’s trial of Starters Orders 5 today. Playing the simulation of the Grand National race a couple of times may help you narrow down the real field of horses for your bet this Saturday!