Grand National Tips

Tom Lee from RTE works with us to offer insider tips on the Grand National. His knowledge and insight is valued in the horse racing industry so its always worth listening to what Tom has to say before you place your bets.

Check back here as the big race approaches to see which horse Tom is tipping to add its name to the list of illustrious winners. Here is what he had to say last time.

Picking the Winner

The most import criteria that we are looking for in a Grand National winner are:

  • AGE - year on year the winning horse is aged between 8 and 11 year old.
  • WEIGHT - always a crucial factor as it's very tough to carry a big weight in such a marathon contest.
  • NOT A PREVIOUS WINNER - no horse has won back-to-back Grand National's since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974
  • NOT A NOVICE CHASER -  a novice hasn't won the Aintree Grand National since Mr What in 1958
  • COURSE EXPERIENCE - our Grand National selection will normally have run well over the Grand National course as year on year the winner has a proven record over the Aintree Grand National fences. In other words, what these horses have in common is that they love the track and are not put off by the size of the fences.

These pointers should help you to narrow down your shortlist and help you to settle on your predicted winner. The trends are always good to look at but remember that they are not set in stone. Any horse can win the Grand National with the 2009 winner returned at odds of 100/1!

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