When Auroras Encore romped to victory in the 2013 Grand National pundits everywhere were stunned. He was 11 years old, a low rated horse with a history of falling. To make matters worse, Ryan Mania the jockey partnering Auroras Encore on the day had absolutely no experience over the course, on paper the 66/1 odds the bookies gave him looked about right. Yet, they both proved us wrong!
It just goes to show that picking a National winner is very difficult. Nevertheless, we can show you a couple of things to look out for when selecting your horses. Every now and again a horse like Auroras Encore will win the big one. However, horses who usually win the Grand National fall into a narrow band of statistics. Below you can read what to look for in a potential winner.