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Tension mounts as the John Smith’s Grand National gets closer. The runners and riders have been drawn. On Saturday we will see forty horses and their jockeys line up and prepare for the World’s most exciting and prestigious steeplechase.

Have you had a flutter yet? Perhaps you’ll go for the luck of the draw with a sweepstake. To correctly predict the winning horse, you will have to consider particular elements of a horse’s ability and aptitude. The going will favour those horses that prefer good or good to soft. You’ll be looking for a horse that also has determination and staying power as the four miles and four furlongs race is usually completed in more than ten minutes. Combined with these aspects no Grand National horse could succeed without remarkable jumping skills. The track has fences that are around five feet high and there are 30 of them to test the horses and jockeys.

My thoughts as to my medium outsider bet are, at 25-1 currently, Character Building,… never fallen and likes good to soft. I have a hunch about West End Rocker, just not keen on the name, run over three miles, four times and also never fallen. Likes good ground and is a nice price of 33-1 at the minute.

More shorter odds, well, my 3 favourite punts are Midnight Club, Ballabriggs: both fallen once and won four times over 3 miles also like soft and good to soft respectively and the third choice, Oscar Time. Wouldn’t bet on What A Friend, although in with a good chance, just can’t stand The Ferguson man.

 

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