There are few sporting occasions like the John Smith’s Grand National.
No other horse race in the world has the attraction that the Aintree spectacular provides. It is a race that not only provides hardened race goers with one of the races of the season but also captivates the rest of the nation as the once a year punters flock out to the local bookmaking establishments to place a wager to win or each way on who their lucky pin has picked, regardless of odds.
Paddy Power has recently announced it has launched a free £20 bet offer on the big race from Aintree, which it hopes will entice visitors to bet at its popular bookmaker site.
It is the one day of the year where bookies shops are bustling with custom all through the morning and right up until the tapes are lifting for the off.
In fact, if you can, it could be worth just heading down to your local betting establishment just to get a feel for things and see what Grand National day means to punters and bookies alike.
Even in this day of modern technology, where it is possible to strike a bet on any sporting event the world over, it seems as though people still love the feel of a bustling betting shop on National day.
So, where will the money be going this year?
As usual the race provides punters with a real minefield in terms of making a profit but that doesn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm regarding every man, the dog and the stable cat striking a bet on the race.
The talking horse for this year’s race has been the David Pipe-trained Junior, who joined a select band of horses to win at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival in March last year, and now goes for the ultimate big-race treble at Aintree.
He returned from a lay off for the three-and-a-quarter-mile Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster last month and ran an excellent race in defeat despite not getting the run of things in behind. He has all the hallmarks of a National winner and at 14/1 he is proving very popular.
Its sure to be a cracking race, as the exhilaration and excitement of the Aintree showpiece once again captures the nations hearts.