The Grand National is one of the biggest sporting events in the UK calendar. It captivates a nation, people who don’t usually watch horse racing will be watching the race avidly to see if their horse will win. For many people it is the only time in the year that they will actually place a bet, even those that have never stepped inside a betting shop will find themselves in one for the Grand National 2015. I was raised watching the race year after year, it was only at around ten years old that I figured out just why my parents and their friends were screaming at horses on the television! Since I worked out what all the fuss was about I have fallen in love with the event.
Here are 3 reasons why I love the Grand National:
It’s open to everyone
You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a bet on the grand national, so whether you are betting one million or one pound you can be sure that you will be involved. People all over the country will place a small bet on the race, the excitement they feel when the horses are on the run is just as great as someone that bets regularly and has placed a large amount of money.
Everyone’s talking about it
From people on the television to people you meet in the coffee shop you will always here someone mentioning the big race and giving you a tip. I always wondered why we listen to people’s tips because in reality they probably know as little as we do about the race. It’s usually that wise old man wearing a flat cap that will tell you in a secret tone to bet on number 4, it’s a dead cert! In all honesty, any horse can win ‘the national’ because of all the fences.
The horse names
You also don’t need to be an expert, people usually choose their horse based on it’s name. There are so many weird and wonderful names it can be difficult to narrow your choice down to just one horse. I prefer to choose my horse by name, I don’t read into all of the form or previous race results and just go for the horse’s name that suits me most or has the most meaning to me.
I know you probably love this race already, but if you haven’t experienced it yet then it’s time for you to get a bet on and experience the thrill!