by Stable Lad

During every national hunt season there are two really stand-out meetings on the calendar, the Cheltenham Festival, which we’ve already had, and the massive Aintree Festival, which features, among many other top class races, one of racing’s prime prizes, the Grand National, the very mention of which stirs exciting memories in the hearts of people the world over.

The race has always had a kind of a mystical aura about it, if one was to judge by the many incredible happenings in it throughout its chequered history, many of which have indeed bordered in the realms of the fairytale world.

The many twists and turns, the hard luck stories, and the many “nearly” horses down the years, have provided many thrilling occasions for thousands of people, both viewers and readers alike, and it still remains as one of the few races that people bet on world wide.

Indeed, it would be practical to say that most of the people who ever had a bet on horse racing, had their very first wager on the Aintree Spectacular.

This year, the three-day meeting begins on Thursday 12th April, and concludes on Saturday 14th April, in a real treasure-trove of racing at its very best.

Let’s have a browse through the cards, and see what we come up with.

On Thursday, the one’s looking most likely include Big Bucks, Grumeti, Cloudy Lane, and Cue Card, all of which should start you on the right road.

On Friday, on another great card, you could show a profit by backing Darlan, Helpston, Finians Rainbow, and Alands Island, which should set you up nicely for Saturday, and the Grand National.

With this in mind, I would advise you to shop around the various bookmakers, for all of them will have their very own special offers as regards place betting etc, among other tempting betting combinations, which should all go towards making your day’s enjoyment almost complete.

In tackling the National, one must realise that this race is the biggest lottery in the racing season, and is a great leveller where a horse’s class is concerned. Since a horse never knows what price it is, this actually puts every runner in with a chance of winning, regardless of price.

All I can guarantee is that you will really enjoy the sheer spectacular element of the whole four and a half miles of the race.

My recommendations for a bet take the shape of four against the field, namely, On His Own, Giles Cross, Sunnyhill Boy, and Le Beau Bai, for they have all proven their ability to win over a distance of ground, and with a modicum of luck, should give you a run for your bobs.

Each-way betting is the order of the day, so, do sit back and enjoy the action. Our usual Fab Four is below. Best of luck on the day!!


The Fab Four

Saturday: 1:45 Cotton Mill, 3:25 Cannington Brook, 5:35 Morning Royalty

The Grand National: On His Own, alternative: Sunnyhill Boy.