The Grand National takes place on Saturday 11 April and here’s our guide to the big race
The 2015 Grand National is fast approaching, with forty runners and riders lining up for the most famous horse race in the world.
Last year’s winner was Pineau De Re, with many people backing the horse at 25/1 thus continuing the recent tradition of a big-priced winner in the race.
How to bet on the Grand National
Like any horse race, you need to make the following decisions:
1) What horse(s) are you going to back?
2) How much are you going to stake?
3) Are you betting “to win” or “each-way”?
4) Which bookmaker are you going to visit?
Decisions decisions! Let’s take each one in turn and see if we can help you out when it comes to backing Grand National horses and hopefully finding a winner.
What horse(s) are you going to back?
We would recommend choosing two or three horses to give you the best possible chance of landing a winner. If you have three horses, you’re also more likely to get a run for your money as several runners don’t complete the Aintree course.
In terms of the actual horses, The Rooster has given readers some Grand National tips at tasty prices although we like The Druid’s Nephew at 14/1 who won a handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival which suggests the horse will run well in the National.
How much are you going to stake?
Firstly, you should only gamble what you’re comfortable losing. Sure, we all want to back a winner but work on the basis that you might lose on what is often an unpredictable race.
If you’re going for horses priced at 40/1 or 50/1, then you don’t need to place a big bet to enjoy some excitement on the race. A couple of quid on a 50/1 winner would return £100 profit – that would do most of us nicely!
Are you betting “to win” or “each-way”?
Put simply, a “win” bet is backing a horse to win the race. An “each-way” bet means you are having a “win” bet and also a “place” bet on a horse.
Say you place £1 each-way on 20/1 shot Cause Of Causes. You are effectively putting £1 on the horse to win at 20/1 and £1 on the horse to place at 5/1 (this is a quarter of the horse’s 20/1 price).
If Cause of Causes wins the race, then you would profit on the win and place bet, although the horse being placed, ie finishing second, third or fourth, would see you make a profit too.
Betting each-way is a popular way to go for the Grand National considering that a placed horse will nearly always return you a profit.
Which bookmaker are you going to visit?
There is no shortage of bookmakers who will accept your Grand National bet although we recommend bet365 as your first port of call. It’s easy to sign up with this bookie, make a deposit and place your bet securely.