Paddy Power is gearing up for the big event by offering punters five places on the Grand National at 1/4 odds. This is partly because the bank holiday booze is going to his head and partly because he pulled out Join Together in the office sweepstake so he’s giving himself a better chance. Either way it is a crazy offer for one of the most unpredictable races of the year.
Paddy clearly hasn’t learnt his lesson from last year when he paid five places again, forking out on the 100/1 shot In Compliance who ran home into fifth.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Neptune Collognes beat Sunnyhill Boy by a nose in the closest finishes in Grand National history in 2012. Seabass, the second-favorutie for this year’s race ridden by Katie Walsh, came third with Cappa Bleu a further seven lengths behind.
Cheltenham Festival hero and two-time Grand National winner Ruby Walsh is bidding to become the sixth jockey win the race three times. He is likely to ride the Willie Mullins-trained On His Own who is the current favourite for the Aintree spectacle.
‘You’re more in the public eye in the National which makes it very special’, said the Champion jockey. ‘It is a great race and everything that goes with it.’
‘It is like the Champions League Final. The atmosphere, the build-up, the set-up, the entertainment, the tension, the excitement, it all makes for what the day is. That all builds up in the emotion in you. The emotion you release when it’s all over, when you win, when you finish. The buzz you get from the National is incredible.’
However you pick your National horse, whether it is by silks colour, number, name, jockey, or simply by pinning a racecard to the wall and throwing medieval spears at it we don’t mind.
You’ll have a better chance of winning with Paddy Power’s five places, and a better chance of watching the race unharmed if you put down the spears.