Every year the Grand National captures the imagination of punters all across the world and millions of people will be tuning into the world’s most prestigious steeplechase.
The Grand National’s ability to grip a worldwide audience has made it the most celebrated race on the planet and once you tune into the race, you’ll see why the race has been a British sporting institution since 1839.
The four-mile war is the most daunting punting puzzle on the calendar and finding the winner is almost as challenging as the National course itself. Every year, horse racing fanatics spend hours on end ploughing through the form on offer trying to get an edge on the layers in the ante post market only to see their horse shirk away from the gruelling marathon and the unforgiving Aintree fences.
Not only is it the most difficult race of the year to pick a winner, it also represents the perfect opportunity for the bookies to strangle any value out of the market and the starting prices of the horses at the head of the betting are often far shorter than they should be.
More often than not National watchers end up paying for the bookmaker’s summer jaunts with wild bets and uneducated guesses on the outcome of one of the most challenging races of the entire season, but with our expert tips and previews, once-a-year racing punters can gain an edge on bookmaker pitches all over Aintree.
In 2011, Donald McCain’s Ballabriggs battled to a sensational victory for his trainer and it was a result that went down incredibly well with the masses of supporters that had opted to side with the superstar.
He was well supported on course and was placed at the forefront of the 2012 Aintree Grand National betting almost immediately. He will be back to defend his crown this year, but will he be able to leap to another spellbinding success on Merseyside, or will there be a new champion ready to power to glory over the world famous Aintree fences?