Grand National 2011 – Live Odds

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The Grand National meeting starts today at Aintree. This is one of the biggest events in the Horse Racing calendar, and the Grand National itself has the largest prize money of any individual race. Not surprising that this meeting is also one of the biggest in terms of betting, so in the spirit of things, we’ve included some live odds banners for you to use at the end of this post.

There have been some great bets on the Grand National in the past. There’s a story from way back in 1866 where a guy called Edward Studd bought a bet on the winner as part of a job lot from another bloke in Ireland. The odds were 40/1, so the chances were quite remote, but there was £1,000 riding on it, which is an astronomical sum in today’s terms.  But as luck would have it, his horse, Salamander, managed to win, netting him £40,000!

Not everyone has had the same luck, back in 1932, a stockbroker just missed out on a 4000/1 bet for the Spring Double (winner of both the Lincolnshire Handicap and the Grand National) when his horse Egremont was just pipped to the post in the National – astonishing odds, but there’s a reason they’re that high!

More recently Don’t Push It – last year’s winner – was at 20/1 on the morning of the race, so there’s still plenty of opportunity to bag some big odds if you take a chance early. According to Wikipedia’s winner statistics, the favourite has only won 26 times since the race began back in 1839!

Right, as promised, here are the live odds banners – good luck!

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