Grand National 2014 Betting Tips and Preview Guide

This Saturday 5th April 2014 sees the running of arguably the most famous horse race in the world, the Grand National, which sees people up and down the country having a bet, from housewives putting on their one bet of the year, to regular punters who may have looked at the form for months to try and figure out one of the most difficult races in which to pick the winner.

Here are our tips for this year, if you would like to read a full guide to this year’s race with a full detailed breakdown then we recommend the excellent Grand National Race site.

Tip 1: Teaforthree

Current Odds: 12/1

Teaforthree is running in the Grand National for the second year on a row.  Last year he came into the race in great form having done well in other distance events last season and eventually finished 3rd in the Grand National 2013. He led the race for a long way and was just outpaced at the finish by the winner Auroras Encore.

This year Teaforthree has only had a few runs and has had some mixed form, but looks to have been prepared with this one in mind again and is now carrying a few pounds less in weight than when 3rd last year, so we expect another very strong showing from him again.  Well worth a punt.

 

Tip 2:  Long Run

Current Odds: 16/1

Long Run is a top class horse with some great wins over the last few years and is still young and fresh at the age of 8.  A Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in 2011, Long Run also has two King George VI wins to his name and a total of 6 Grade 1 wins.

Because of these performances, Long Run will be carrying one of the top weights in the race at 11-9, but with the fences being made a little easier each year, there is a sneaking suspicion that one of the higher weights might just do well this year with the National just a little less sapping than previously.  The easing of the course and the good ground could play into the hands of a class horse such as Long Run who might be able to establish early superiority in the race and make that class tell more than in previous years.

 

Tip 3: Swing Bill

Current Odds: 100/1

One for a bit of fun, we have gone for Swing Bill as our each-way outsider tip for this year.  No spring chicken at age 13, but this David Pipe trained veteran is a bit of an Aintree specialist and is one of the most solid jumpers in the game.  What he lacks for in raw pace he makes up for in solid jumping and heart.

Last year Swing Bill came 6th in the Grand National and will be running with 7 lbs less on his back so we are hoping he can sneak into a placed finish at big odds.  Swing Bill was last night shown on the Channel 4 TV programme ‘How to win a Grand National’ with David Pipe eulogising over his solid jumping at home.  Let’s hope this veteran can spring a surprise.