2015 GRAND NATIONAL TIPS
Tipping a Grand National winner isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. Many people will tell you that the race is a lottery, which is ironic as the name of the first Grand National winning horse was… LOTTERY!
Past winners of the race have statistically fallen into a narrow band of age, weight and form and once you can identify which horses fit the trends, you can narrow down the field and look more closely at the horses with a realistic chance of winning.
Focus on horses between the ages of 9 and 11 years old. In the last twenty years 17 winners have come from this age group.
The weight a horse carries is a very important factor as obviously the horses carrying the biggest weights will find it much tougher going than those who carry less. Trends suggest that horses carrying more than 11-03 will struggle around the demanding Aintree course, with 18 of the last 20 winners carrying under that amount.
Also look at a horse’s form and pay close attention to jumping ability. Though entry criteria stipulates that a horse must have placed in the top 4 in a race of 3 miles or more at least once, those that consistently place should be favoured.
Once we’ve whittled down the entries using the stats above, we are usually left with around 15 horses that fit the bill. From that list we can start selecting our tips and our aim is to give you four or five horses we feel will be in with a shout at the last fence.
ODDS IN YOUR FAVOUR
We always advise betting eachway in the Grand National, because even if your horse doesn’t finish 1st you can still win big. Normally eachway bets will give you a return on the first 4 horses home. However, a few generous bookmakers will pay out on the first 5 runners past the post. Betfair not only give you that extra eachway place but also offer a free bet deal for new customers.
Whether you back our tips, or pick your own, you can dramatically put the odds in you favour by using a bookmaker who pays out to five places.
WHO’S TIPPING WHO?
We don’t just give you our tips, we also let you post your own! Our visitors poll lets you become a top tipster, just click on the radio button next to the horse you’re backing and click ‘Send Answer’ to add your tip. Once you’ve voted you’ll be able to see everyone else’s selections.
Closer to the date of the National we’ll round up all the tips from those in the know. You’ll be able to check out who Clare Balding is backing, which horses the Newspaper tipsters fancy and fun tips from famous celebs.
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