Grand National 2018 festival and Betting involved
The Randox Grand National is a horse racing event that takes place every year. It is usually held at the Aintree Racecourse and it is followed all around the world. This year, the festival is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 12th all the way to Saturday, April 14th. Some of the most outstanding features include the World’s Greatest Steeplechase and the betting action it attracts. Whether you are a fan of horseracing or not, you should really keep yourself updated with the events as they unfold as you can also get some fashion ideas, especially during the Ladies Day.
This year’s festival will be one of the most lucrative if the prize money set aside is anything to go by. The organizers of the event are expecting the total amount of money to be given as prizes to exceed £3 million. As the month of January came to a close, Aintree announced that they are boosting the prize money by £210,000 GBP, which is to be spread throughout the race. The races that have gained the most from the elevation include JLT Melling Chase and Grade 1 Betway Aintree Hurdle as they have each received an additional £50,000. Moreover, all the Grade 3 handicaps now have a value of not less than £75000 each.
The timing of the race has experienced some changes and the main event this year will take place at around 5:15 pm and not the usual 3:15 pm. This has been done in order to give some of the other races some more time. The total number of riders and runners expected to compete this year is 40 and these are usually selected from more than a hundred entries. If you cannot make it to the Aintree racecourse, ITV has promised to get you covered. Channel 4 used to be a favorite in the past but ITV took over the coverage last year and they are still the best choice this year.
Given the traffic this race attracts in several betting sites, it would be wise to go through some of the best Grand National free bets. This year’s ante-post favorite is none other than Blacklion following his superb performance in the Randox Health Becher Chase in December. After Aintree revealed the 105 initial entries for the much-anticipated steeplechase on Saturday, at 10/1, Nigel Twiston-Davies horse has the best price so far. The toughest decision facing bookmakers right now is who to give the second favorite position between The Last Samuri and Definitely Red. Most bookies are placing the odds between 14/1 and 16/1.
When deciding on which horse to place a bet, it is important that you incorporate some lessons learned from the past. For, instance 18 out of the last 22 champions are between 9 and 11 years old and this shows that experience really counts in these races. It would therefore be very unwise to place a bet on a teenager. In fact, the last time a teenager won the race was in 1923, more than 90 years ago. However, 13-year old Vics Canvas surprised everyone in 2016 when he emerged position 3 having been given 100/1 odds. As for the betting sites, go for those that have great welcome offers such as Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.
Currently, some of the tickets to the event have already been sold out. The available tickets are on sale at and their prices range between £27 and £109. Hospitality tickets for some areas of the course are already sold out. Again, there is usually a ‘Best Dressed’ competition on Ladies day in addition to the big race. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to make their way to the racecourse and some 600 million others to follow the happenings on television and also through the Internet.