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The Aintree Grand National is the most popular horse race in the world and already the buld up to the 2014 race is starting to hot up. The Grand National tips will make for essential reading as punters try to work out one of the most difficult markets in sports betting with plenty of value to be found among the 40 runners. The race will take on extra importance this season with Crabbies taking on the sponsorship at Aintree ensuring that the total purse will top £1million for the first time ever. The 2013 National was a classic renewal of the race with outsider Auroras Encore storming to victory for connections in a major upset and he is already being well backed in the Grand National Odds for the repeat.
One horse who could well make his Grand National debut this season is the classy Long Run. The Nicky Henderson horse is a former winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and twice a winner of the King George Chase, which would ensure he is the top weight for Aintree if he is given an entry.
The Grand National will have any number of irish trained horses trying gain success with Irish Trainer Willie Mullins always one to watch in this race and he could have the likes of Back In Focus and On His Own in 2014 with both capable of running a big race. Another one to consider is Teaforthree who ran a stormer last season to finish third and connections will be aiming him at Aintree once again.
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The latest betting for Aintree is available on the Grand National Odds Comparison Chart which is one off the most popular bets of the year. It is the toughest race in the sport for punters when it comes to finding the winner with Auroras Encore winning in 2012 at 66/1 proof of that. There is however a fiercely competitive ante post market on offer through the season and we will be following all the latest market movers in the build up to the big race in April.
One of the main reasons that the Grand National is so popular with the Public is that when it comes to Grand National Form there is so little form to go on. The Becher Chase at Aintree is perhaps the most important trial of the season as it is run over the same National fences as the big race in April. Punters can get an idea for which horses enjoy the big challenge of the fences when the Becher takes place in late November of early December each winter. Over in Ireland, the Bobbyjo Chase often proves to be a good form guide with the National in mind and we will of course be keeping a close eye on that race once again this season.
Finding the winner among the 40 Grand National Runners is never easy, and if you would like to get some useful pointers to choosing a winner that will make all your friends very envious make sure you check out our Grand National Tips section. As well as the traditional ways to find a National winner, there are also a number of novel ways for the more casual punters to pick their Aintree horse. It is the one race each year when the whole country wants to have a bet and rather than spending hours looking at the form, punters may want to follow their favourite jockey or even pick out the grey horses for example.
The Grand National at Aintree is one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar in the UK and as such receives TV coverage to match. Channel 4 are the main broadcaster of the race and the Grand National Live is one of their most important events each April, they give it extensive coverage on National day as well as through the three days of the Aintree Festival. The Grand National is a protected sporting event in the UK which ensures it receives the terrestrial coverage it deserves each season.
What makes this race different to all others is the special Aintree Racecourse which is only run on a couple of times a year. The horses generally have had little experience of the Grand National Fences and as such it is the biggest test of all for any jumper. To get a better understanding of what's facing the brave jockeys and horses just go to our section devoted to this. We think it is also useful to look back on previous Grand National Results as there can be some good hints to help you narrow down your 2013 Aintree Grand National Picks.