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Grand National Tactics #5: Oh! What a lovely colour

Like picking your Grand National horse based on colour? Well, if it was humans you'd be racist, but it's fine in for the National so fire away

by Aidan Elder | April 3, 2014

Picking the horse you want to back for the Grand National is difficult. Some people like to do the painstaking hours of research and analysis while others just rock up, throw a dart at the racecard and hope for the best.

No matter what tactic you choose, there’s no guarantee of success. So in honour of the various methods people use, here’s our breakdown of the ways to pick a Grand National horse. Here’s the final installment of a five part series that will hopefully get you closer to landing a winner.

#5 Oh! What a lovely colour

There are numerous reasons for as to why your favourite colour has become your favourite colour, some more Freudian and deeply unsettling than others. We don’t need to go into the details.

In the hours before the National, you may well hear something along the lines of ‘oh – those colours are really nice, I think I’ll pick him’. You laugh at their naivety, clutch your bloodstock guide and then watch in horror as that horse inevitably romps home at 33/1.

If you like to base your betting strategy on the Dulux colour chart, here’s a rough breakdown of the colours for this year’s race:

Colbert Station, Double Seven, Buckers Bridge, Burton Port, The Rainbow Hunter, Vintage Star, Saint Are, Big Shu (a tiny bit)

Rocky Creek, Walkon, Wayward Prince, Mr Moonshine, Teaforthree, Across The Bay, Our Father, Mountainous, Kruzhlinn, Golan Way, The Package, Raz De Maree, Rose Of The Moon, Shakalakaboomboom, Alvarado, Last Time D’Albain, Soll

Hunt Ball, Rocky Creek (a wee bit), Balthazar King, Lion Na Bearnai, Monbeg Dude, Big Shu, The Rainbow Hunter (a little), Hawkes Point, Golan Way (mainly if you like red sleeves), Swing Bill (sleeves again)

Walkon and Hunt Ball (in hoops), Monbeg Dude (with some red), Big Shu (sorry, he has some very colourful silks), Burton Port and Vintage Star (sleeves), Mountainous (a bit), Twirling Magnet, Pineau De Re, Night In Milan

Triolo D’Alene, Colbert Station, Double Seven, Battle Group, Buckers Bridge, Burton Port, Kruzhlinn (mixed with some navy), One In A Milan

Tidal Bay and Prince De Beauchene (mixed with browny-orange), Lion Na Bearnai, Swing Bill

Teaforthree, Shakalakaboomboom

Quito De La Roque, Walkon (a small bit), Chance Du Roy, Vesper Bell

Tidal Bay, Prince De Beauchene, Long Run, Last Time D’Albain (kinda)




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