And they’re off…

This entry was posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014

3 Rules for Betting on The Grand National 2014

1. Forget the hype; at heart, the National remains a long-distance handicap chase

Teaforthree (10.5 favourite) is a great jumper, and looked magisterial over the fences when finishing 3rd here last year. He certainly isn’t the value bet, but on his day, he can be brilliant. The favourite is never a popular Aintree punt, but don’t discount it outright just because it’s the National.

2. Consider the Cheltenham handicap.

Last year was the first time since 2008 that none of the first four home had last run at the Festival. Do your homework before having a punt. Speaking of which…

3. The Grand National isn’t Eastenders

In other words, whilst the feel-good story of the year is always a possibility, it shouldn’t cloud your betting judgement one iota. Horses are animals – they don’t get emotional or read the papers. Not even the Finaaaaaaycial Times. (Apologies. Ed)

If this year is to be a happy ending however, Tidal Bay is the winner, or perhaps the other remaining Wylie horse in the race, Prince de Beauchene, ruled out of the last two Nationals through injury when he would have run the leaders very close indeed. Yet his form this time around is less impressive – 4th in the Kinloch Brae Chase, lacking the pace to cope with the likes of Texas Jack and Last Instalment over 2½ miles despite having Ruby Walsh on board. He is a lay for us at 28.

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