DORSET, UK -- The Grand National will see a massive betting frenzy over the next few days as millions of fans of this great race will be opening online betting accounts and placing their once a year bet on the Aintree National.
Punters are bound to back Cloudy Lane in their droves as he is the clear favourite for the race and he comes out of the same stable of the McCain's. Cloudy lane is trained by Donald who is the son of the famous Ginger who trained the great Red Rum to three Grand National successes. If Cloudy Lane was to win on Saturday the bookies would be big losers and this is a very likely outcome this year, as this horse has got the courage to take to the Aintree fences and the ability to go on all ground conditions. Cloudy Lane has done nothing wrong all season and is the clear form Grand National tip.
The 40 Grand National Runners will be confirmed on Thursday morning and it is expected that most of the leading fancies will take their place. The interesting thing about the race this year is that the lowest weight in the race will be 10 stone 9 pounds and as such this will make it a very open race as there is no more than just over a stone between the 40 horses.
Tony McCoy still looking for his first Grand National win has opted to ride Butler's Cabin and we think he will not finish the race, as he has become a very moody character these days after winning the Irish Grand National last season. Ruby Walsh will ride Hedgehunter the 2005 winner of the race as he loves it around Aintree, but it is unlikely that he will win it again at the age of 12 off top weight of 11 stone 12 pounds.
The latest Grand National odds are worth looking at now as most of the online bookies are going non runner no bet and this protects your stake should your horse not line up on Saturday and the prices earlier in the week will be better than on the day. Most of the online bookies will be offering a Grand National free bet of around £25.