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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
When Clare balding presents the Grand National and it's cloudy, the average odds of the winner are 30/1.
When Clare Balding is the presenter, jockeys wearing green on their silks have won 10 out of 14 times.
When Clare Balding is not the presenter, the winning jockey has been wearing red more than any other colour (15 out of 42 races).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
In every year that Wolverine pops up in a new film, jockeys wearing green on their silks have won the Grand National.
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.
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).
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%
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.
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.
When a Conservative Government is in power, the percentage of bay-coloured horses winning the Grand National drops from 53% to 42%.
When a Conservative Government is in power, the odds on a winner tend to fall below 30/1 (happened 80% of the time).
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.
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.
Whenever a pop song is No. 1 in the charts on the week of the National, just 11% of winning horses are aged 10.
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).
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:
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
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.Choose Your Horse Now
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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.