Around this time of year I am bombarded with requests from people I haven’t spoken to in years regarding tips for the Grand National. It’s rather frustrating for a tipster’s reputation to be tested in the trickiest handicap of the season, but that’s the world we live in.
My advice to punters looking at backing a horse in the National doesn’t revolve around what horse to back, but how to approach the race from a betting perspective.
In my opinion, betting each way on the Grand National is the complete wrong tactic. With 40 runners tackling the most competitive track in the country, the chances of even finding one to make the first five is pretty unlikely. I’d much rather have two horses on my side in the win market rather than just one in the each-way market. So, if you’re planning on having £5 each-way on one horse, don’t. Switch your tactics around and have a £5 win on two separate horses.
The risk-to-reward ratio will increase and keeping an eye on two horses in the race is a much more enjoyable experience. Yes, one of them will have to win in order to get a return, but in the long-term you’ll make more profit betting this way than wasting money on each-way bets.
So, what am I backing this year? I’ve got two bets planned.
Firstly, I’ll briefly run through the two horses I’m backing with 2pt win stakes. PINEAU DE RE (25/1) is a horse that may be in veteran stage now but is in the form of his life and has to have a great chance of being in the mix if bringing his A-game to the table.
He won doing handstands at Exeter two starts ago and backed that up with a very eye-catching run in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham.
The second selection is SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM (40/1). Nicky Henderson’s chaser went off favourite in this race two years and ran well to finish ninth after jumping boldly from the front.
He’s had his problems but has that touch of class you seem to need for this race in the modern era and boy is he well handicapped on his old form from when he won a very competitive handicap at Cheltenham in 2011.
Good luck and enjoy Grand National day.
Profit & Loss Record: Staked: 67pts Returned: 131.88pts P/L: +64.88pts
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