In the build-up to hotly-contested race meetings, punters will look at the odds and the form to work out which horse they fancy to win. Of all key races, the Grand National at Aintree is one that most horse racing fans will take an interest in, as well as a large portion of people who have barely any knowledge or experience of betting on horse racing.
With the Grand National being at the centre of so many bets, we’ve looked at the horses you could consider placing money on, where the bookmakers currently stand in terms of odds, and what most punters are currently backing.
Ballyoptic at 33/1
Believe it or not, current eleventh favourite Ballyoptic is being backed the most by punters across the nation, with it being likely to change the price offered by the bookies. The 33/1 price might be what’s tempting the many punters who are getting behind Ballyoptic, but it’s far more likely that they’re basing it on his impressive record, which has seen him at least placing in a lot of recent runs, as well as taking wins at Wetherby, Exeter, Chepstow, Aintree, Uttoxeter, Ffos Las and Kirkistown.
Tiger Roll at 20/1
It’s no surprise to see Tiger Roll so highly rated among the online betting community after winning last year’s Grand National. The odds are shortest for Tiger Roll from the bookies, and it’s a horse that will be featuring in a lot of people’s horse racing tips after becoming so reliable over recent years. Tiger Roll burst onto the scene in the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, where he finished first in the JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase with a starting price of 16/1.
One For Arthur at 33/1
Despite being marked as tenth favourite at the bookies, One For Arthur is another popular horse, backed more than any other horse apart from the two we’ve already mentioned. The reason for One For Arthur being so highly estimated stems from the same reasoning behind Tiger Roll, but with One For Arthur winning the 2017 edition of the Grand National instead of Tiger Roll’s 2018 win.
Pleasant Company at 25/1
Second favourite Pleasant Company remains in the fold despite not being added to a lot of punters’ horse racing tips for the Grand National. There was only one major race that Pleasant Company took part in throughout 2018 but the fact that it was a runners-up place in the Aintree Grand National shows how capable he is of potentially finishing in the top spot next time around.