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Grand National Tips

Picking the right horse in the Grand National is not as pot luck as just sticking a pin in the Racing Post or taking a piece of paper out of a hat in the office sweepstake.

It might only be on one day a year, but the morning of the biggest racing occasion in the world sees folks from all walks of life scrambling for the ultimate Grand National tips.

People who wouldn`t normally give a second glance to the racing section of their daily newspaper or sports bulletin on their local TV station, desperately scour all information sources to find the tips that will guide them in the direction of the winner of the toughest horse race on the globe, and turn one pound into fifty, or ten pounds into a thousand!

For the vast majority, finding a Grand National winner to bet on is more about the thrill of being able to tell your friends and colleagues that you were smart enough to pick the winning horse from a starting line-up of 40 contenders. There`s real kudos in being able to wave a winning betting ticket around to the admiration of those present.

It`s not inappropriate that the winner of the first Grand National Steeplechase in 1839 was a horse called Lottery! Over the years, many great horses have tried their luck over the awesome fences at Aintree racecourse but have failed due to a multitude of reasons; they didn`t like the massive jumps, their stamina reserves ran out in the last half mile of the grueling four-and-a-half mile journey, they were hampered, baulked or brought down by horses around them. The list goes on and on.

But, over the years, there have been some horses, trainers, and jockeys who have established a great record in the race and who have been the subject of consistently successful Grand National tips that have, on occasion, sent the bookmakers running for cover as the betting public have taken the hint and gambled millions of pounds on the winner.

Back in 1919, one Grand National tip was so strong that the horse in question, Poethlyn, was made the shortest price favourite ever, at 11/4. Ridden by Lester Piggott`s grandfather Ernie, Poethlyn landed one of the biggest betting coups in the history of the race, beating a host of rivals and leaving many betting companies on the brink.

Undoubtedly the most persistent tip was for the legendary Red Rum, who won the race three times (1973,`74 & `77) and finished second in both 1975 and `76. Red Rum became the `housewives` favourite` and etched his name into the history of Grand National racing forever.

More recently, Papillon (2000), Hedgehunter (2005), and Comply or Die (2008) were persistent Grand National tips that proved well worth listening to, on each occasion causing massive payouts from the betting industry to the general public.

In amongst the well backed winners there have been plenty of shocks as well, most recently the unconsidered Mon Mome, who took the 2009 renewal at the massive odds of 100/1!

Probably the best advice for a Grand National tip is to select a horse that has proven stamina, has shown a liking for the prevailing surface on the day, and comes into the race in decent form. At odds of up to 25/1, having a bet each-way (to finish in the first 4) will show a healthy profit if your selection manages to reach `the podium`.

The most important thing though, is to have a Grand National bet, make your selection (and stick to it), and then sit back and enjoy the thrills and spills of the greatest horse race on earth.