It’s The Fences That Make Grand National Betting So Great

Grand National betting in 2017

The Grand National holds a special place in the hearts of all Britons and this weekend once again Aintree will see the annual running of this legendary race tempting regular punters as well as the occasional gamblers to Bet365 for a spot of Grand National betting, but they’ll all bear in mind that this mainstay of the British racing calendar rarely sees the field arrive at the finish unscathed, the thirty fences taking their toll of both horses and riders.

Grand National Fences

• Water Jump
• The Chair
• Valentines
• Canal Turn
• Foinavon
• Becher’s Brook

A steeplechase field of some forty odd horses is quite dramatic and at present the current field stands at around seventy although that may well thin out as the week goes on which is why Bet365 has a Non-Runner-No-Bet offer on for all those that might do some Grand National betting and don’t want to waste their money on a horse that doesn’t show up. However the drama is entirely caused by the fences thinning the herd during the race, so much so the fences are named like corners in Formula One.

The first few fences shouldn’t worry those that have taken advantage of UK gambling laws, however the sixth can be the first moment of worry. Photographers get dramatic shots at what is known as Becher’s Brook, a fence named after Captain Martin Becher who took a tumble there in 1839 and had to cower in the water as the field jumped over him, he then remounted his mount in the Grand National betting he could catch up, at which point he fell again into more water in typical British fashion.

Famous Fences Still Find Favorites Wanting

The 7th is called Foinavon named after the horse that won in 1967 following a pile up among the rest of the field, and can catch horses out, but not perhaps as much as the 8th, the Canal Turn which jinks 90 degrees left upon landing setting them up for Valentines once known as the Second Brook (and into which the dear Captain fell all those years ago) but if you’ve done some Grand National betting won’t be these fences that the horses encounter twice that might make you clutch your bank roll protectively.

2017 Grand National

Falls are a common sight during the Grand National race (photo:

The 15th jump is The Chair, a six foot wide ditch that is immediately followed by a fence some five feet two inches high (that’s 1.57m) a massively testing obstacle and it is the scene of the only recorded human death in the long history of the Grand National. Originally known as the Monument Jump it claimed the life of Joe Wynne in 1862 and still today poses problems for horses, riders and those that have backed them as a bet on sports in the UK in their yearly piece of Grand National betting.

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Grand National Betting Favorites

• Pleasant Company – 16/1
• The Last Samuri – 14/1
• One For Arthur – 14/1
• Blaklion – 14/1
• More Of That – 12/1
• Cause of Causes – 12/1
• Definitly Red – 11/1
• Vieux Lion Rouge – 10/1

Perhaps overshadowed a little by The Chair these days the Water Jump poses very little barrier in height but has time and again caught out horses well in their stride mid race to leave the silk clad chap on their back somewhat less elevated and altogether more damp. Both The Chair and The Water Jump are omitted on the final lap, giving the Grand National betting partakers a great view of one of the longest run ins to the finish on the calendar at some 452m with a just a slight right turn on the way.

Attracting Grand National betting aficionados as well as the occasional gambler Bet365 is offering some great options with Best Odds Guaranteed so why not gamble on one of the field making it over all thirty fences and winning the 2017 Grand National and avoid being the only person in the UK gambling news on Monday will be of a World War, the only thing that has ever stopped the race from going ahead before, after all, the fences can’t beat every horse in a field this big……..can they?

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