Grand National Horses To Watch

grand-national-4The Grand National is a unique race; therefore implementing a unique betting strategy is key when planning a punting angle on this world’s greatest steeplechase.

In our eyes, betting each-way on the Grand National is the quickest way to the poor house. The odds, in terms of the each-way stipulations, are so stacked against you it’s unbelievable.

Most firms only pay the first four past the post which is scandalous for a handicap that contains 40 runners.

They know they can push the odds in their favour and still drum up enough interest from casual punters to take advantage of.

Instead of backing each way, which is two-bets per selection, splitting your entire layout of stake on just the win aspect of horses’ chances is our recommendation.

Grand National Horses to Watch

On His Own @ 7/1 with Paddy Power (£250 Free Bet) -> Watch

Chicago Grey @ 14/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bet) -> Watch

TeaForThree @ 16/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bet) -> Watch

Not only will you be in line for a big return if one of your selections runs out the victor but it gives you more eggs in the basket, which can make for a more enjoyable Grand National punting experience.

You will hear plenty of stories of punters bemoaning their luck that either of their selections has fallen early on in the race, but punting with a few horses in your armory will make sure you stand a good chance of getting a horse around the 40 fences in one piece.

We will be adhering to this punting philosophy for the 2013 Grand National and have gone through the entries to find three horses to concentrate on in the win market.

Nowhere prepares a horse better for the trials and tribulations of a Grand National than Ireland and that is the location where we are concentrating on for our first two selections.

The Emerald Isle have won six of the last 14 running’s of the world’s greatest steeplechase, but haven’t landed the spoils since 2007 when Silver Birch ran out a game victor.

They have been knocking on the door in recent years without ever getting their noses in front.

Black Apalachi came second behind Don’t Push It in 2010 and the Ted Walsh-trained Seabass finished a very impressive third under Katie Walsh in last season renewal behind Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy.

Ireland’s best hope this year looks to be On His Own, who is trained by Willie Mullins, and can be backed at 7/1 with Paddy Power.

This is now the clear Mullins first string since the withdrawal of his other fancied runner Prince De Beauchane, and he is likely to be ridden by Ruby Walsh, who has won the National two times – more than any other current jockey.

The horse ran in last year’s Grand National but made an uncharacteristic mistake on the second circuit and fell when looking like making a play for the prize.

He has subsequently been left racing off the same handicap mark and looked very good when making his seasonal reappearance over hurdles in Ireland earlier this year.

Gordon Elliot, who trained Silver Birch to win the National, also looks to have a strong hand this year, led by 14/1 chance with Bet365 Chicago Grey, who also has entered out calculations.

Like On His Own, he fell in last year’s race but did so in unfortunate circumstances when State Of Play unseated Noel Fehily and therefore hampered Chicago Grey.

This gives the horse still a very unexposed feel to his handicap mark and if getting round, has the staying power to run very well in the Grand National.

Teaforthree is the final horse our attention is drawn to and the 16/1 with Bet365 should be snapped up.

He is in the same mould as Chicago Grey as he’s likely to stay the trip very well and has a very shrewd trainer called Rebecca Curtis in his corner.


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