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Score a big one at the Grand National

There´s a quarter million people on T.V. that can´t be wrong. The Grand National is one of the greatest sports events in the United Kingdom since its start in the town of Aintree, close to Liverpool, in 1839. It has evolved much from that day to this, including a longer course and a handicap system, which allows equating the best horses with the newcomers or the older ones.

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This isn´t as complicated as it sounds, in few words the handicap system works with a ranking of the best horses in the UK, pointing them for their performance in several previous competitions. Then, the organizers add or remove weight from a horse, depending on how high or low it´s in the ranking. This way a great horse will be extenuated sooner than a regular or average horse, giving them a “fighting chance”. This is important because of the obstacles (fences) in the racing course; the horses not only have to race 4.3 miles, but they also have to do it while clearing fences.

Of course this gives you a great chance to bet on a horse, due to the sometimes unpredictable nature of this race, combined with the knowledge of certain horses. For example, the last winner of the Cheltenham Festival (another great racing event), a horse called Cause of Causes, has the best odds to win, as most bookies point out. Vieux Lion Rouge is a welcome surprise; it had a great performance in last year Grand National and promises a lot for this year.  Some experts call The Last Samuri the “next winner of this race”, due to its incredible performance in last year race, it came to a very close second and has been training hard for this year competition.

The event will be held 5.15 of Saturday 8th April 2017 and you will be able to see the event on numerous T.V. Channels and on online platforms, but you are out of luck if you try to go to the Aintree Racecourse since all tickets are sold out. If you are planning on betting you can check out William Hill and place your notes on the best horses: http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/t/9/Aintree.html

 

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