The 2013 Grand National is now just around the corner as we pick out the latest tips as Paddy Power announce a new free bets offer for horse racing fans.
When it comes to big sporting events, Aintree’s showpiece meeting is the up there with the best of them and you can be sure that the famous racecourse will be packed to the rafters on Saturday afternoon.
Although there are of course horses that bookmakers are making the front-runners, it might be worth having a look at some of the outsiders as there is always a chance of a shock win.
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The biggest surprise in recent years came back in 2009 as Mon Mome upset all the odds and won at 100/1.
Now, it is tough to make a case for any horses that are at 100/1, but there is certainly some value out there for a horse between around 30/1 and 50/1.
Roberto Goldback is one that jumps out as this exciting gelding is being offered at 33/1 and as he is trained by Nicky Henderson, simply can’t be ruled out.
Henderson only has Roberto Goldback entered in this one, so all his focus can be on making sure he is in the best shape possible. This of course means that the horse gets a good jockey and he will be partnered by Barry Geraghty, who has shown that he is one of the best in the business over the years.
At eleven-years-old, Roberto Goldback has plenty of experience and he has won a race this campaign back in November, so he knows what it is like to win.
Big Fella Thanks is then a 40/1 shot and is another eleven-year-old with plenty of experience in these big races.
He was the favourite for the Grand National in 2010 and finished in fourth position, so he knows what this race is all about and after a win at Wincanton in January, Big Fella Thanks comes here in decent form.
You then have Quel Esprit and Quiscover Fontaine available at 50/1 and the main reason for them standing out is due to the fact they are trained by champion Irish trainer, Willie Mullins.
Mullins last had a winner in the National back in 2005 with Hedgehunter and although he has the current favourite On His Own, his 50/1 duo deserve a mention.
If we had to tip a horse to repeat the shock of 2009, then Major Malarkey could be the best shout, but when you’re looking at horses with such long odds, it really is a lottery.
It isn’t just horse racing fans that the Grand National attracts either as you often here of people putting a bet on for the first time, just because it is the National and some experts even say that going with the name or the colour that you like is just as likely to get you a winner as studying the formbook for hours on end.
One thing is for sure, it will be dramatic, exciting, nerve-racking and pure entertainment.