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    I know nothing about horses or the racing of them but like to have a little flutter on the Grand National because it seems to be the one day of the year when SWMBO (she who must be obeyed) won't tell me off for gambling. Over the past 3 or 4 years I've not won a bean (probably because I pick a horse based on how clever/funny it's name is) but this year I thought I'd try find out how it all works? Do we have any members who can help? Which horses should I be betting on and what kind of bet is more likely to return a win?

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    I've backed horses for a few years now. The National is a different keetle of fish though! Each horse has the potential to win, as long as it can get round. Top horses can get unseated, fall, interfered with by loose horses etc, so it really is a proper "gamble".

    I won't offer any tips, but the following are the ones I've backed:
    Synchronised
    Sunnyhillboy
    Planet Of Sound
    State Of Play
    Shakalakaboomboom

    They all have the right credentials, but Synchronised is carrying top weight.

    If it was me in your position, I'd probably pick two horses, around 16-22/1, and stick a pound each way on them. Cost £4, but even a place will clear your money. You won't be rich, but I always find it adds a bit of interest to the race if you've got a bit of money on it!

    Whatever you pick, best of luck!

    As a side note, I'll have around £30 riding on my selections, but will happily see my horses come nowhere near if all 40 come back safely.

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    Cheers

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    The Grand National forms just one race out of many that take place at Aintree over a few days

    The first race yesterday was hillarious
    One horse was expected to romp it, so much so that the owners had put on £500K to win (not even placed)
    Sure enough, it came in first

    However even with that, two other horses managed to bungle it and NOT finish...

    For the novice, do two bets on the National
    Pick one to win
    Pick another to be placed (each way)
    This makes it more interesting as you are then watching both and for different reasons
    I usually a promotion bet for the horse to win (as there is less chance of this)
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    We've done a sweepstake at work and I've drawn Giles Cross & Neptune Collonges.

    Think I'll have a couple of quid on Giles Cross each way and a couple on Chicago Grey to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    The Grand National forms just one race out of many that take place at Aintree over a few days

    The first race yesterday was hillarious
    One horse was expected to romp it, so much so that the owners had put on £500K to win (not even placed)
    Sure enough, it came in first

    However even with that, two other horses managed to bungle it and NOT finish...

    For the novice, do two bets on the National
    Pick one to win
    Pick another to be placed (each way)
    This makes it more interesting as you are then watching both and for different reasons
    I usually a promotion bet for the horse to win (as there is less chance of this)
    The horse they put the half million on was at odds of 1-5 so they got back 600k including the 500k stake !!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    The horse they put the half million on was at odds of 1-5 so they got back 600k including the 500k stake !!!!!
    Plus the prize money for winning the race, £56270, plus the 12 pack of beer...
    An apt name for the horse
    Big Bucks

    When they put that bet on the rate was 1-5, but at close it was 2-9

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    well theres only one winner this year ...

    According to Pete ..lol
    but to cover myself have done giles cross ..light weight should fly .
    and just cos i wanted to write it i have gone for shakalakaboomboom

    and that BIG BUCKS will certainly go down in the history books as one of the best .
    17 in a row ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    The horse they put the half million on was at odds of 1-5 so they got back 600k including the 500k stake !!!!!


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    better than you get from the bank !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdave1701 View Post
    We've done a sweepstake at work and I've drawn Giles Cross & Neptune Collonges.

    Think I'll have a couple of quid on Giles Cross each way and a couple on Chicago Grey to win.
    The bet I've placed is West End Rocker to win. Giles Cross each way & Chicago Grey each way.

    The wife's put each way bets on West End Rocker & Organisedconfusion

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