When it comes to horse racing, there is no race more famous or more highly anticipated than the Grand National. Held at Aintree Racecourse, the Grand National is an annual National Hunt horse race that was first run in 1839, and it has been attracting sports fans ever since.
If you want to place your first horse bet on a race that you’ll never forget, the National is the perfect race to choose. But how popular is betting on the Grand National? And how do you place your first bet? Here’s everything you need to know:
The Popularity Of The Grand National In Numbers
The most popular form of gambling in the UK is the National Lottery, with an incredible 29.6% of Brits taking part in 2019. This was followed by sports betting (which was enjoyed by 6.7% of Brits) whilst 4% of British people placed a bet on a horse race during the same period.
Much of this will have been spent on the Grand National, which is popular with many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year.
Online casinos, such as EnergyCasino, are also popular in the UK, with 3.6% of Brits taking part annually (almost as many as enjoy horse racing) and this number has only increased in recent years: this is the fastest growing betting market in the UK, thanks to online interfaces that make online gambling more straightforward (and much more fun) than ever before.
Placing A Bet On The Grand National
If you’ve placed a bet at an online casino before then you will find that the mechanics of placing a bet on a horse race with an online bookie are very similar.
Simply deposit funds into your betting account, and browse for the event you want to bet on (in this case, the Grand National). There are almost always 40 horses running, which is the maximum number that are allowed to take part: you can either select one horse to win, or you can place an each way bet.
An each way bet is two bets in one, one bet is placed on the horse to win and one bet is placed on the horse to place in the top four.
Give yourself plenty of time to thoroughly read all of the horse details and options available to you before you make your final choices, and then place your bet (this is usually achieved by simply clicking the ‘place bet’ button).
What’s In A Name?
If you plan to be a once-a-year better, and don’t have any interest in the form or skill of the horse, then you could join the vast majority of Grand National gamblers and choose your horse based on his name: feeling lucky? Then ‘feeling lucky’ could be the horse for you!
And if your name’s Arthur then it’s likely that you would have won big if you placed a bet on ‘One for Arthur’, which was the winning horse in 2017.
This is a tactic also adopted by those new to online casinos or online slots such as EnergyCasino: Irish gamblers might be attracted to ‘Shamrock n roll’, for example, whilst ‘Donuts’ would be the game for those with a sweet tooth.
The game you choose, just like the horse you choose, is a great reflection of your personality. And with the 2021 Grand National race a little over three months away, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the kind of horse you’re looking for (and a little fantasy planning of what you’ll spend those winnings on too!)