The race of a quarter million spectators


William Hill UK - bet on Grand National Opening Day

The Grand National is without a doubt one of the most expected events in British sports history. The first race was disputed in 1839 in Aintree, and ever since it’s been the official racecourse for this exciting and extenuating race. The color data is that this race started in a kind of a joke or prank way, as the jockeys raced in 1803 in the pitch black of night, jumping fences wearing pajamas and a sleeping hat. Today this event is one of the greatest horse races in the world, because of its hard core nature that asks everything the animal has to give.

This race is unlike most in the rest of the world, because it’s a very long track with fences in it. In its fashion it’s quite similar to a Olympics hurdle race, but way longer (the total distance is 4,3 miles, a little more than a mile longer than similar events) and taller obstacles. In fact, the last 200 meters is like the ending of any athletics race, the horses are pushed to their limits, reaching the finish line separated by only milliseconds. The popularity of this race is so big that around 250.000 people watch in on T.V. while another 100.000 participate in the numerous events that complete this true festival of horse racing.

Even with all this odds (extenuating distance, obstacles, discipline, public pressure), this race is quite balanced, as it introduces a handicap system that’s way easier than it sound. All the horses trying to enter the Grand National go to a ranking; the better the horse is the most weight it will carry. This way, the inexperienced jockeys and horses have a greater chance to reach the podium.

Of course, this is also an event with great odds to take a good bet, since the horses with less “ranking” might score a surprise win and pay you a lot of money. So, if you are thinking in placing a note or two in this race, here are some tips: the horse “Just a Par” is pointed out as one with big chances to win this, as it has shown great stamina and discipline in the last cup it won. The Last Samuri is another horse picked by many bookies, as it ended second on the last Grand National, and has won the hearts of many fans.

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