Britain’s bookies are braced for their biggest day of the year this Saturday, when the world’s most famous horserace, the Grand National, sparks a £300 million betting bonanza.
As well as the National – run at Aintree in Liverpool – which will see more than £100 million alone wagered on it, the FA Cup semi-final between Merseyside neighbours and rivals Liverpool and Everton takes place at Wembley, ensuring that one way or another, the city of Liverpool will be at the centre of the sporting and betting world next Saturday.
“The Grand National is always the biggest betting event of the year, with half the adult population of the UK enjoying a flutter on the famous race, and this year will be no different, with more than £100 million staked across the country on the big race alone,” Coral‘s David Stevens told betrescue.comCoral fear a Grand National win for the Gold Cup-winning pair of hot favourite Synchronised and champion jockey AP McCoy will hit them for six, while a dream scenario for the bookies would be a repeat of the 2009 winner, Mon Mome, who won at the odds of 100-1.
“AP McCoy and Synchronised could be the best backed National contenders since Red Rum won the last of his three Grand Nationals, and if the horse became the first Gold Cup winner ever to win the Aintree showpiece in the same season, bookies will face their most expensive day since Frankie Dettori rode all seven winners at Ascot, which cost the industry £40 million,” said Stevens.
**John Smith’s Grand National – Coral.co.uk prices
6-1 Synchronised, 8-1 Junior, 10-1 On His Own, 12-1 Ballabriggs, Burton Port, Cappa Bleu, Chicago Grey, Treacle, West End Rocker, 14-1 Seabass, Sunnyhillboy, 16-1 Becauseicouldntsee, 20-1 Giles Cross, Killyglen, Organisedconfusion, Shakalakaboomboom, The Midnight Club, 25-1 Alfa Beat, Always Right, Calgary Bay, Neptune Collonges, Planet Of Sound, 33-1 Bar