Thursday 18 April 2024

Grand National 2021 - Bookie Vs Sweepstake

It was a sad day in Grand National history when the 2020 running was cancelled due to Coronavirus. 

I think the only other occasions the Greatest Steeplechase in the World did not taken place was in times of the great wars and 1997 when the race was postponed for two day after the Provisional Irish Republican Army threatened to explode a bomb. 

It was disappointing to see the 2020 Grand National fall by the way when it looked to be an even-money shot to take place. 

I hate to be negative but the Virtual Grand National was simply a poor replacement and meaningless.

Fans of Tiger Roll, who would be attempting to win three Grand Nationals on the bounce, missed his chance of making history - perhaps even superseding the legendary status of Donald ''Ginger'' McCain's Red Rum who won in 1973, 1974 & 1977. 

Considering George Elliott's charge disappointed on this return to racing, pulling-up at Cheltenham when a 4/1 shot to take the 3m 6f Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, it proves such opportunities are fleeting at best.  With talk of retiring the son of Authorized if putting in below-par effort on his next outing, the Grand National has another story to tell.

Let's hope for connections and racing fans that Tiger Roll takes his chance to equal the unprecedented victories of Red Rum. I'm sure many fans of ''Rummy'' will be hoping Tiger Roll doesn't turn up although not many would wish that on such a resolute ''pintsized'' horse who is literally made of steel. 

By 5:15 PM Saturday 10th April, we will know the line-up and those brave horses and jockeys taking part, each with their story to tell, with the chance of making history. 

It's interesting that many people who never bet chance their luck on Grand National. 

I remember my Gran, we called her Nana Polo (because we used to get confused which Nan was which and my Dad's mum loved Polo mints). 

Ivy Coote ''Nana Polo'' wouldn't have a bet in a year of Sundays.

However, when it came to the Grand National she was ready to bet like a man!

I'm pretty sure she backed Red Rum on all his victories in the 1970s. My brother and I there by her side cheering him on too.

But here's the question. 

Do you bet with bookies or sweepstake?

I have taken part in both and they are options for all those who love to watch the race, be part of the excitement, and hopefully win a few pounds along the way. 

Now, each to their own, but I would always favour betting with the bookies rather than the sweepstake.

Here are my top 5 reasons why betting on the Sweepstake may be a bad idea. 

1) It's based on luck rather than skill. If you have an opinion that's reason enough to bet with a traditional bookmakers. 

2) The majority of winners of the Grand National would have given a much better return on your bet. 

3) If you fancy an outsider in the Grand National you would be crazy to play the sweepstake. 

4) Gambling is about putting your money down. Somehow, the sweepstake seems like you are doing something less exciting. 

5) The only reason you should favour the sweepstake over the bookies is if the last horse to be picked is the favourite. I can tell you this much - that offer won't be around long. 

Whatever your Grand National tip, bet, wager, finger's crossed this year's contest takes place and horses and jockeys finish safe and sound. 

Good luck.