Grand National Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Grand National - Bookmaker Shares Top Tips!

As the Grand National approaches, people up and down the country will be choosing a method for selecting their lucky horse. 79% of the adult population will have a financial interest in the race, either through a Grand National bet or office sweepstake*.

Bookmakers William Hill have taken it one step further. William Hill have compiled the ultimate Grand National horse, jockey and trainer, collating statistics from every post war Grand National.  The factors taken into consideration include name, nationality, colour of the silks and colour of horse.

The luckiest name over the years has included the word Red, winning on no less than five occasions (three of which were victories for Red Rum). With no ‘Red’ horse this year, the closest punters will get is Vieux Lion Rouge which is 66/1.

Other traits to look for include being nine years old, a bay coloured gelding, bred in Ireland and number 6 in the racecard. His odds would be 10/1 or 14/1 and his jockey would be wearing predominantly green silks.

The jockey would be Irish with either the first name Robert/Bobby or Brian/Bryan.

The trainer would be English, with the first name Fred and preferably train in Berkshire.

While this year’s race might not have any trainers called Fred, nor any horses that tick all of the boxes, the closest match is Shutthefrontdoor.

Shutthefrontdoor has bay (and brown) colouring, he is 9 years old and was bred in Ireland. He carries the famous colours of JP McManus, which are predominantly green (with yellow hoops). He will be ridden by Irish jockey Barry Geraghty and while his trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, is also Irish, he is based in England.

“The Grand National is the ultimate horse race and the biggest annual betting bonanza for bookmakers. Upwards of £200m will be wagered on the race this year and after Cheltenham Festival smashed the bookies for six, it is make or break time,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

“We’re hoping for a freak result, like 100/1 shot Mon Mome in 2009. The one horse we are afraid of is last year’s winner, Many Clouds. He would be the first horse since Red Rum to win the race back-to-back and he could be even more costly than the 1970s legend.”



Horse Colour – Bay

Horse Age – 9 years old

Bred In Ireland

Name to include the words Red, Silver, Cottage, Mr or Royal

Number – 6

Odds – Either 10/1 or 14/1

Silk Colours – Predominant colour green, may include white patterning


First Name - Robert or Brian/Bryan

Nationality - Irish


First Name – Fred

Nationality – English (preferably based in Berkshire)

William Hill Odds – 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Chase: 7-1 Many Clouds, 10-1 The Last Samuri, 12-1 Silviniaco Conti, 16-1 Holywell, Saint Are, The Druids Nephew, 20-1 Bishops Road, Cause Of Causes, Gallant Oscar, Goonyella, Shutthefrontdoor, 25-1 Kruzhlinin, 33-1 Boston Bob, First Lieutenant, Morning Assembly, Triolo D’Alene, Ucello Conti, Unioniste, 40-1 Alvarado, Gilgamboa, Just A Par, Le Reve, Midnight Prayer, O’Faolains Boy, On His Own, Onenightinvienna, Sir Des Champs, 50-1 Black Thunder, Buywise, Double Seven, Hadrian’s Approach, Highland Lodge, Mountainous, Perfect Candidate, Pineau De Re, Royale Knight, Rule The World, Soll, The Romford Pele, Wonderful Charm, 66-1 Ballynagour, Double Ross, Firebird Flyer, Katenko, Knock House, Pendra, Rocky Creek, Vics Canvas, Vieux Lion Rouge, 80-1 Ballycasey, Present View, 100-1 Aachen, Bally Beaufort, Benvolio, Bless The Wings, Cogry, Dare To Endeavour, Emperor’s Choice, Gas Line Boy, Golden Wonder, Home Farm, Milborough, Mr Moonshine, Portrait King, Rivage D’Or, Rogue Angel, Russe Blanc, Splash Of Ginge, Woodford County, 125-1 Bob Ford, 150-1 Amigo, Any Currency, Corrin Wood, Doing Fine, Indian Castle, Maggio, No Secrets, Saroque, Standing Ovation, Summery Justice, Wyck Hill, 200-1 Aerlite Supreme, Big Water, Financial Climate, Harry The Viking, Ikorodu Road, Tour Des Champs, (Each Way 1/4 Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

*The Luckiest Horse statistics are based upon Grand National Facts compiled for William Hill by Racenews and includes every race and winner since 1946. Further information upon request.

* 79% of people will have a financial interest in the race, either through a Grand National bet or office sweepstake – based on a Populus survey of 2066 people commissioned by William Hill