Every year this is pretty much a crap shoot, but it is fun to watch for just that reason it is anybody's race and you have to be in it to win it. If any race had a case for just picking the Horse with the best name then this is it, but regardless letís look at some figures, nothing clears everything up like statistics.
The AntePost market is still 53 runners at present but that will be down to 40 on the day. The odds range from 6/1 with the favourite Synchronised at Ladbrokes to 999/1 on outsider Our Island at Betfair.
To get value on TheNational you can go two ways; Head to BetFair and get yourself some excellent odds on Outright market (this is a race where itís not unusual to see upwards of 200/1 being offered on the exchange and 33/1 or less at the HighSt chains), but if you fancy each way bets then get to the bookies for the "Extra places paid". The standard number of places paid for this type of race is four, but you can currently get five places paid at; Bet365, Boylesport, BetVictor, Paddy Power, 888Sport and BoDog. In previous years there has been 6 or even 7 places paid, so check out our "Todays Offers" page on Sat for a complete list of who is offering what.
If youíre someone who like a little flutter just once a year then thereís no harm in signing up for a new account somewhere as youíre having a shot in the dark you might as well have the fallback of a free bet afterwards. Two chances to win. For a list of the most highly rated bookmakers in the Industry see HERE as the majority will be offering some kind of bonus or promotion and at those sites you can be confident of a great user experience.
Get your comments below the line and letís see who can pick the needle from the haystack this weekend.