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There are lots of
really great sporting events held in England every year, and not all
of them happen at Wembley Stadium. In fact, one of them is the Grand
National, a horse race that attracts some of the best horses in the
world and some of the biggest sports bettors in the world. Though it
is not a traditional horse race, this chase event is incredibly
exciting and it has a long history as one of England's best days. It
is a race that covers a little bit more than four miles, and it
features challenges including more than thirty jumps. Only great
horses and jockeys can win this race, and only good bettors can come
away with a winning pick.
There are many controversies that go along with this race, because
its challenging nature has caused many horses to be fatally injured.
That doesn't stop the tradition, though, and it most certainly does
not stop the betting action that comes in on this race. There are
people out there who make a living by betting on horse races. Though
these folks do make their bets on the Grand National, there are lots
of folks who don't normally bet on horse races that come to the
betting parlors just to lay a wager on this event. In many ways, it
is like the Super Bowl for American bettors, as people who have not
bet football all year will throw money down on that event.
The Grand National is run on the two courses at Aintree, and it has
been around since 1836. There is some debate about the exact
starting year, with many people arguing that it has actually been
around since 1837. Regardless of the start time, its history as one
of the prime betting opportunities of the year has been cemented. It
is the second part of what British bettors will better know as the
"Spring Double". These are two races that happen to be bet very hard
by horse racing enthusiasts in England. The first leg of that double
is the Lincoln Handicap, and it pails in comparison to the Grand
National from a betting standpoint.
The odds on this handicap chase race are difficult to figure and
most bettors have to bet the race a number of times before they get
a feel for how it is going to go. Because of the challenging nature
of the race and the fact that it depends upon non-human competitors,
it can be nearly impossible to peg what is going to happen before
the race takes places.
|Grand National - probably the largest choice of
Grand National in the UK!