Attempting to pick the winner of the Grand National is a bit of a nightmare. Winners at 100/1, 66/1 and 33/1 in the last three years prove that to be the case, but we’ve heard that the overwhelming sense of self-awesomeness if you nail the winner is pretty amazing.
By putting your balls on the line and tipping up a Grand National horse you enter into a strange no-lose situation that very rarely happens in horse racing. If your horse does lose then many of your friends will just shrug and point out that picking the winner of the National is a lottery. If your gee-gee romps home then you are essentially the don. People will buy you pints of real ale, supermodels will start following you on Twitter and you’ll get a congratulatory fax from the Queen.
To help you in this situation, we’ve got the tech-geeks in IT to whip up a report on last year’s punters and narrowed down which cities in the UK and Ireland performed best in last year’s big race.
Step forward punters from Liverpool and Cork!
It was the Rebel County in Ireland that had the best Grand National record last year, making 10 per cent more cash than their Dublin rivals and 16 per cent more than punters in Galway. Cork also made 26 per cent more than punters in Belfast which means that the Rebels will be even more big-headed than usual.
In England, it was the Scousers who came out on top. Whether or not they’re benefiting from the race being held in their back garden we’re not convinced, however their punting form going into the National is as strong as Liverpool’s title challenge. In 2013 Scousers made five per cent more than punters down in London and 11 per cent more than local rivals from Manchester to ensure they had serious bragging rights.
To help us back a winner this year we’re jumping on the gravy train and looking at where punters from Liverpool and Cork are sticking their few quid in Saturday’s race.
In Cork, Rocky Creek is getting plenty of support early on and has the highest number of bets, but there is more cash coming for the 28/1 shot The Package, who has been backed in from 66/1. Across the pond in Liverpool, Tidal Bay is the one punters want to be with at a slightly skinnier 14/1. The top weight was second in the Irish Hennessy and also gets the nod from top jockey Ruby Walsh.
Looking at the book as a whole and the favourite Teaforthree is the most popular selection – gobbling up 13 per cent of punter’s cash so far. A trio of horses who are all 14/1, Monbeg Dude, Long Run and Tidal Bay are the next popular taking up around a quarter of the book.
Of the outsiders, Shakalakaboomboom (25/1) is unsurprisingly popular after getting punted into favouritism last year and Triolo D’Alene has also been well backed at 20/1. Of the longer odds, Night In Milan at 40/1 isn’t just an appealing weekend break but also a Grand National hope for a lot of Paddy Power punters.