Grand National sounds like a name for some International event, and in some way, it is an International event. Grand National is the name of a horse racing event in the United Kingdom. Every year, thousands of hobbyists and horse racing enthusiasts flock to Aintree to watch this thrilling and exciting event.
Grand National, unlike other ordinary horse races, have one of the most difficult circuit. All in all, there are 30 fences that the horses have to clear in the race. Out of the 30 fences, 28 have to be jumped over twice. Only 2 require only 1 jump. The fences present formidable challenges to the horses and the jockeys. Speed and power alone is never enough. Concentration, as well as a lot of luck, is also badly needed in this race.
Because of the drama and excitement caused by the race, the Grand National is well liked by many people – even those who know nothing about horse racing. In fact, the event is so popular that it is one of ten events reserved for live broadcast on terrestrial television in the UK.
If you are looking for a new hobby, perhaps you may be interested in learning how to pick winners for this event. The moment you start, you will quickly learn that it’s not all that easy to pick a Grand National winner. If it’s that easy, the bookies won’t be able to make a living collecting bets. But take it as a personal challenge. Here are some suggestions on how you can start.
Picking up hints and tips from websites.
There are literally thousands of websites on the Internet offering interesting hints and tips for the event. You may be tempted to place some bets based on these hints. But if you are truly interested in making this a long term hobby, perhaps it’s best to conduct some research first.
Research previous Grand National records.
Hints and tips offered by others may not be good enough for you. Very often, you find that the picks are for hot favorites. But if you spend a little time looking at previous records, you observe that out of a hundred Grand National races, only 10 hot favorites came out as winners. Obviously, the odds are not that great.Why is this so?
Like a Formula 1 car race, fans have learned that everything can happen during a Grand National race. Horses get injured often due to the nightmarish jumps, thus giving a chance for even the slowest horse to catch up.
Therefore, never write off any horse simply based on odds. You never know if the horse may just end up winning the race.
If you like, you may go a little further and learn more about the trainers. The trainer, the horse, and the jockey all plays a part in affecting the outcome of the race. Surely, having more experience with tough horse races like Grand National wouldn’t hurt!