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Heading to the Grand National? Read our guide for a great day out

If you want to witness the Grand National firsthand, and it’s your first time- then this article is for you.

Here you will learn:

  • How to prepare (the basics)
  • What to wear (and what to avoid)
  • how to pick a winning horse
  • How to bet

Sound’s exciting?

Let’ go!

How to prepare- The basics you must take care of

When going to watch the Grand National, it’s best to come super prepared.

First, carry lots of cash with you so you can bet to your hearts content (and also because some bars won’t accept credit cards).

Second, If you’re going with friends, it’s best to set a clear rendezvous poin. Otherwise you will miss each other (it gets really corwded there, and fast)

Finally, come really early so hopefully you can avoid extremely long queues. However, be prepared to wait, because long queues are unavoidable at the Grand National (they’re sort of part of it’s charm)

Patience is a virtue.

What should you wear?

First and foremost- you’re going to the races, not the opera so please leave your formal attire at home.

Second, there are no special clothes for the races, so pick whatever you want. But, whatever you choose, two things are a must.

Your clothing must be comfortable and warm. The Grand National lasts lasts from 4-6 of April and weather in England that time of year is foggy, rainy and misty.

I warned you, so don’t be caught off-guard

Besides, not feeling cald, and not being wet, makes watching sport more enjoyable.

You agree?

What about footwear?

You’ll be spending most of your day on your two feet, so pick shoes that are comfortable and waterproof.

How to pick a winning horse?

It’s hard even for professionals, but you can give it a shot.

First, go to the parade ring and look at the horses.

Do you see a horse that seems jumpy and overly excited, like it’s raring to go and win that race?

If YOU want to win, that’s the horse you DON’T want to bet on.

Instead, go for his relaxed neighbor;  the one that seems composed and with his hoofs “firmly on the ground”. That horse knows what to do and will get the job done.

It’s a safe bet (“safe” is relative in gambling)

Second, go and buy a racecard and see how each horse performed in the past.

  • Did the one you like ever win?
  • How it handles the turf?
  • Who rides it?
  • Who trains it?

These are all subtle clues that can tell you a lot even if you’re a total novice.

How to place a bet?

You have numerous options avaiable.

You can bet:

  • online
  • with the Tote
  • on course
  • with bookies in the betting ring

That was how to bet.

This is “how” to bet

If you’re feeling frisky, bet on the horse that has higher odds of winning. That means that if it does win-you will win big.

However, if you want to experience the thrill of gambling, while being relatively sure of not losing you hard-earned cash, you can bet on the horse that’s expected to win.

That’s the one with the lowest odds.

If you’re confused with what you just read, ask the bookies and they’ll help you out.


  • Have fun,
  • bet smart,
  • be comfortable
  • have some more fun

Enjoy yourself, because every Grand National is the event to be remember- guaranteed.

Oh, don’t forget to have lots of fun:)

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