The Aintree Grand National is the most popular horse race in the world and already the build up to the 2015 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 2014 race was a classic renewal with Pineau De Re storming to victory for Dr Richard Newland and he is already towards the head of the Grand National Odds for 2015, as he bids to become the first double winner of the race since Red Rum.
The Philip Hobbs trained Balthazar King ran a blinder to finish second in the National in 2014 and there is every chance he will be aimed at going one better in April. He has completed on his past two two National starts and he will be well backed if he can maintain his fitness and form.
All eyes will also be on AP McCoy at Aintree this season with the Champion Jockey set to ride his final National before retiring. Shutthefrontdoor is expected to be the mount of McCoy which ensures that the Jonjo O'Neill trained horse is almost guaranteed to go off a short price favourite on the day.
There is now no need to pop out to the local bookies to place your bet as it can all be done in a couple of minutes and you can get all the relevant information on the best sites and how to set up your account right here. Opening an Online Betting Account only takes 2 minutes and make sure to check out the bookmakers offering Free Bets, especially given the fact that the National this season looks wide open.
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 Pineau De Re the defending hero having won the race in 2014. 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 2015 Aintree Grand National Picks.