Can these Random Facts Help You Predict the 2017 Grand National Winner?

Ever bet on the Grand National based on nothing but the horse’s name, or the colour of the jockey’s clothes?

This Grand National betting guide is for you.

In a year when a new Minions film is released, what colour does the winning jockey tend to be wearing? The answer’s here.

When a female Prime Minister is in power, how many letters tend to be in the winning horse’s name? Just scroll down to find out.

When Chelsea are top of the league, Manchester United win the League Cup, and Roger Federer wins the Australian Open (just like in 2017), what are the average odds of the winning horse? Have a gander in the sports section below.

If this is the type of nonsense that appeals to your Grand National betting style, you’ll fit right in.

Join the conversation on Twitter with our hashtag #randombet and let us know who you’re backing this year … based on nothing serious, at all.

Winning Colours by 2017 Events

Below, you can see 20 significant events that have happened or will be happening in 2017.

Click on each of these events, to see the top three colours worn by the winning Grand National jockey, whenever these same events have occurred in the past...

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on nothing but the colour worn by the jockey. But here's my logic ...http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Grand National Winners by Silk Colours (since 1970)


Random Grand National Bets for Sports Fans

In a year when Manchester United wins the English Football League Cup and Chelsea are top of the Premier League (on the day of the National) - a 10 year-old horse containing more than 10 letters in its name, always wins. Well, it’s only happened twice … but still.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @Chelsea being top of the league. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, and Chelsea are top of the Premier League (on the day of the National) - a horse with 11 letters in its name, ridden by a jockey in green and yellow, is bound to win the Grand National (this has happened twice before, in 2005 and 2015).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @Patriots winning the Super Bowl. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Every time Wigan Warriors have won the Rugby League World Club Challenge, an 11 year-old horse has won the National. Wigan beat Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on the 19th of Feb this year, so look out for those 11 year-old runners in the National.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @WiganWarriorsRL winning the World Club Challenge.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

In the three years when a male has been at No. 1 in the charts on the week of the National and New England have won the Super Bowl - jockeys wearing white on their silks have won 100% of the time ... when the “Going is Good”.

Note: The “Going” basically means the state of the ground that the horses are running on and is determined on the day. So keep an eye out during ITV’s coverage this year.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @Patriots winning the Super Bowl. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Whenever a London football club is top of the Premier League on the day of the National, and a Republican President is in the Whitehouse, the winner’s odds are below 29/1.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @Chelsea being top of the league. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Prior to 2017, the last time Roger Federer won the Australian Open (2010), and Chelsea was top of the league on the day of the race, and Manchester United had won the EFL cup in the same year, the odds on the winner were 25/1.

It happened before in 2006. Both times, the winning jockey was wearing green on their silks, and they were riding a 10 year-old horse.

In general, when Federer wins the Aussie Open, jockeys wearing black on their silks win the National 75% of the time.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @rogerfederer winning the Aussie Open. Pick yours from @Bookies http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Random Grand National Bets for Clare Balding Followers

When Clare Balding has been the presenter, a jockey wearing red and yellow has only won once. (Neptune Collonges in 2012).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @clarebalding not presenting the race. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When Clare balding presents the Grand National and it's cloudy, the average odds of the winner are 30/1.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @clarebalding not presenting the race. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When Clare Balding is the presenter, jockeys wearing green on their silks have won 10 out of 14 times.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @clarebalding not presenting the race. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When Clare Balding is not the presenter, the winning jockey has been wearing red more than any other colour (15 out of 42 races).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @clarebalding not presenting the race. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When Clare Balding is not the presenter and a new Star Wars movie is released the same year, jockeys wearing yellow on their silks have won 75% of the time.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @clarebalding not presenting the race. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Did You Know?

Last time Ruby Walsh won the Grand National, Chelsea was top of the league, New England won the Super Bowl, Oxford won the Boat Race, a new Star Wars film was released, a new King Kong was released, and a Republican President was in power. No fake news here.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on this ridiculous set of coincidences from @Bookies:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Random Grand National Bets for Geeks

Every year a new Minions film is released, the winning jockey has been wearing yellow on his silks … and Despicable Me 3 is out in June. Bananaaaaa!

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @Minions being in new film this year. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

On a year when a Star Trek series has an alien science officer in it, the average age of the winning jockey is 27. Lieutenant Saru is the science officer in the upcoming 2017 series, Star Trek: Discovery … and, yes, he’s an alien. Get in.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @StarTrekcbs having an alien science officer. http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Incidentally, in years when we had bald Star Trek captains on our screens, horses bred in Ireland were actually less likely to win for a change (only 4 times out of 11).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @StarTrekcbs not having a bald captain. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

In every year that Wolverine pops up in a new film, jockeys wearing green on their silks have won the Grand National.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on the new @Logan movie. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When the Fast & Furious franchise churns out a new movie, and Wolverine pops up in a film that year, the winning jockey is wearing green and riding a Bay coloured horse 100% of the time (and its name is 50% likely to begin with the letter ‘M’). Fate of the Furious is, somehow, out this year and Logan was released in March.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on what happens every time a @FastFurious film comes out:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Beware the curse of the lightsaber ...

In the six years when a new Star Wars movie has shown the hero using (primarily) a blue lightsaber - just one jockey wearing blue has won the Grand National.

When the lightsaber is green, no jockey wearing green has won (despite the fact that green is one of the most successful colours in the race's history).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on the lightsaber colour in the next @StarWars.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Grand National Winners by Jockey Nationality


Grand National Winners by Horse Colour

Click on the horse colours to see what years they won. (based on data between 1960 and 2016)


When Oxford win the Boat Race, the chances on a Chestnut coloured horse winning the National increase from 23% to 27%. When Cambridge win, the chances drop to 17%

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @UniofOxford winning the Boat Race. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

How the Winner of Crufts Affects the Grand National

A Gundog won Crufts this year. Last time that happened, a 10 year-old horse won the Grand National. And the time before that.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on what happened at #Crufts this year. Pick yours from @Bookies here:http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Random Grand National Bets Based on the “Bloody Government"

In the 10 times when a female Prime Minister has been in power on the day of the National, jockeys with 10 or more letters in their name have won 90% of the time.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on what tends to happen when the @Conservatives are in power.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When a Conservative Government is in power, the percentage of bay-coloured horses winning the Grand National drops from 53% to 42%.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on what tends to happen when the @Conservatives are in power.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

When a Conservative Government is in power, the odds on a winner tend to fall below 30/1 (happened 80% of the time).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on what tends to happen when the @Conservatives are in power.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

In the two years when a Republican President is in power and New England have won the Super Bowl, a nine year-old horse bred in Ireland, has won 100% of the time.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @realDonaldTrump being a Republican President.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Random Grand National Bets for Music Fans

When the original Galway Girl song was released in the year 2000, the National was won by an Irish jockey, riding an Irish horse, and wearing green silks. A cover version was released in 2008, and the National was won again by an Irish jockey, riding an Irish horse, and wearing green silks. Now Ed Sheeran has a new track by the same title, you might want to back the Irish bet this year, too.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @edsheeran having a song called 'Galway Girl'.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Whenever a pop song is No. 1 in the charts on the week of the National, just 11% of winning horses are aged 10.

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @gregjames announcing a pop song as Number 1 on the week of the race.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

In years when Little Mix have had a No. 1 single (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), jockeys wearing yellow have won 75% of the time (with average odds of 24/1).

Tweet: My #randombet for the #GrandNational is based on @gregjames announcing a pop song as Number 1 on the week of the race.http://bit.ly/2mUUzBR

Grand National Winners by Horse’s Age


Choose Your Random Bet for the 2017 Grand National

The last time the Conservatives were in power, and a Republican President was in the Whitehouse, and Manchester United won the League Cup, and the Super Bowl was won with more than 30 points, and England won the Six Nations, and a new Alien movie was released, and there were more than two deaths in Eastenders in the same year, it was 1992 - and the winner of the Grand National looked like this:

Category Feature
Horse Colour Brown
Horse Age 8
First Letter P
Jockey Nationality Welsh
Silks Colour Purple/Pink
Name Party Politics

Based on all the absolute nonsense you've just read, the winner for the Grand National 2017 will be:

A bay-coloured horse

Ridden by an Irish jockey

Wearing red or green on his silks

Therefore we think More Of That, Blaklion or Cause of Causes might be worth a shot.

However, check out this for a compelling stat:

Last time Ruby Walsh won the Grand National, Chelsea was top of the league, New England won the Super Bowl, Oxford won the Boat Race, a new Star Wars film was released, a new King Kong was released, and a Republican President was in power. Sound familiar?

Sad news though, Ruby is riding Pleasant Company this year and won't be wearing Green.

Maybe Kate Walsh will have a better chance as she'll be wearing red on Wonderful Charm.

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DISCLAIMER:

All of the betting tips below are based on data spanning from 1960 (the year of the first Grand National) to 2017. As an example, we have took every year a new King Kong movie was released since 1960 (1962, 1967, 1976, 1986, 2005) and documented the characteristics of the Grand National winner on each of those years - ultimately determining that jockeys wearing yellow are more likely to win the race whenever a new Kong movie hits the big screen. We've done that type of thing for lots of random things that almost certainly do not impact the winner of the National. But, they might.

Either way, the decision to place a bet on the Grand National is all yours.

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