What many online horse betting fans consider to be the biggest racing event of the year is rapidly approaching. Soon enough, millions of punters across the globe will turn their attention to the Grand National, and thousands of fans will make their way to Aintree to witness the racebook action unfold before their very eyes at the famous 30-fence course.
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The Grand National is one of the most popular, amongst those who usually do not bet on horse races, in the world. Furthermore, this National Hunt horse race offers one of the most lucrative purses for a jump race in Europe.
2017’s Grand National – Saturday, April 8th
Where: Aintree Racecourse, Aintree, Liverpool, England
When: 12:15 pm EST || 5:15 pm GMT
The event is expected to have a TV audience of around 10 million, while estimates predict that a quarter of the adult UK population will wager on this year’s Grand National. Because this event is so popular to unseasoned online horse betting fans, more often than not, bettors will pick a horse because they fancy its name. While this might appear to be foolhearted, the Grand National’s track record proves otherwise. In the past century (the even has been running since 1839) five horses facing 100/1 shots have triumphed.
Steady Steed Favorites
Below are the heavy odds on favorite ahead of this year’s Grand National. Since the race is still a few days away, these odds are subject to change in the coming days.
Vieux Lion Rouge 10/1
At 7-years old and facing 66/1 odds at the 2016 National, Vieux Lion Rouge delivered a jaw-dropping performance that has caused the bookmakers to paint him as the favorite in 2017.
Definitely Red 12/1
Definitely Red is a steed definitely worth watching out for. Red’s recent victory at the Grimthorpe Chase have caused the online horse betting odds to favor him heavily at this event, and he should not disappoint.
At 8-years old, Blaklion is one of the younger horses competing. However, the steed has already racked up 214,000 Euros in earnings, making him one of the wealthiest horses at Grand National, at least for his age.
Cause of Causes 16/1
Cause of Causes came in 8th at the 2015 National, but refrained from competing in 2016 in order to recover. In 2017, he enters as one of Gordon Elliot’s three hopefuls and the one with the highest probability of winning it all. A little older than the competition, Cause of Causes has racked up plenty of runs and earnings in his career. Unfortunately, he hasn’t looked all that great recently, but a solid run at Cheltenham has provoked racebooks to peg him with favorable odds.
One for Arthur 16/1
As aforementioned, fans tend to pick a horse because they like their name. One for Arthur is one example who will likely pull lots of action simply because of his name.