Some 10 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Crabbie’s Grand National today – and that’s just in the UK. The world’s most famous (and sometimes controversial) steeplechase gets underway at 5.15pm – an hour later than in previous years – which means you’ve got an extra hour to decide on which horse (or horses) to have a flutter – if you’re going to include yourself in the quarter of the UK adult population estimated to be placing a bet on the day.
It’s all about having something to cheer on. For the betting novices amongst us, there’s one easy way to choose which steed to back – and that’s to choose it by name. Whether it’s just a name we happen to like, or a name that means something to us, is down to the individual – but if you’re going to have a flutter, here’s our pick of names for certain situations in life…
50/1 On His Own
Single chaps, or the newly separated, just have to go for the aptly named On His Own. He’s not fancied, but at 12 years old is in the right age bracket to have the decent mix of fitness and experience required to do well in the race. Stranger things have happened in the National. good luck to all the single fellas that decide to take a punt on OHO.
33/1 Rule the World
You might be a prospective World Leader, or a Take That fan who likes the film Starlight. The pundits say he’s unlikely to win, but an each-way flutter on Rule The World might yield you some winnings and light up your sky.
33/1 The Romford Pele
If you’re from East London and fanatical about Football, then The Romford Pele might seem like a good fit. He’s got potential too. So if you want to balance, long-odds-race-winning-potential, a legendary footballing name and your own back yard, this is the choice for you.
A.P. McCoy’s mount of 2015 remains a strong contender for the 2016 event. Perfect for heating engineers, parents or in fact any householder who actually pays the energy bills.
66/1 Perfect Candidate
If you’re looking for a job & sending your CV (or a link to your LinkedIn page) out to all and sundry, then Perfect Candidate might be the, arm, Perfect Candidate for you. Sadly though, his form is mixed.Which means backing him could be as frustrating a flutter as the unforgiving world of recruitment and employment.
14/1 The Druids Nephew
If you’ve got a flamboyant Uncle who vaguely resembles Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, then The Druids Nephew might be for you. And if your Uncle makes the trip to Stone Henge for the various for Solstices, then he’s a must. In fact, at 14/1 he’s right up there with a chance. So if yore stuck for something to back he might be worth a punt, even if your Uncle doesn’t look like Gandalf.
8/1 Many Clouds
If you’re a glass half empty sort of a person you probably won’t be betting. If you’re a glass half-full sort of a person, and you like Ironic Twists, then Many Clouds could be your equine weapon of choice. He’s 8/1 favourite, so if he makes it round safely will likely be good for place. Maybe Many Clouds will have lots of Silver lining.
In the unlikely event that you win the Lotto this evening or win big on the race today, you might decide to become a Race Horse owner. Crabbie’s, the official sponsor of the Aintree Meeting, have a rather natty little name generator. So if you’ve commissioned your Trainer to buy a young Colt or Philly, put in your name, and see what it generates. You never know in a few years you could be being interviewed on Channel 4 as the owner of Tabasco Champion, Apache Star Wriggler or Red Rum-ba-ba (who you’d hope would end up being a 3 time winner!).
Whatever you bet on, we hope it has you on the edge of your seat, it romps in for a place, and nets you some handsome winnings.