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Rule out seven-year-olds when picking your Grand National bet

| 30.03.2011

He may be 16/1 in the Grand National betting but Quinz would have to defy the trends to become the first seven-year-old since 1940 to win the Grand National.

In a race where experience is a major positive, youthful exuberance can count against a horse and only 22-seven-year-olds have ever won the Grand National – 13 of those were before the start of 1900!

There are four seven-year-olds that currently hold Grand National entries but only two of those look likely to run, the Philip Hobbs-trained Quinz and the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Quilobet, and while Quolibet is 100/1, Quinz is fancied by many looking at his Grand National odds.

Having won three of his last four starts over fences, Quinz certainly has the form to mount a challenge but the youngster has never been tested further than three miles and the four miles four furlongs of Aintree racecourse are sure to test the stamina of the improving novice.

Ante-post Grand National betting is a great way of getting the best value before the Grand National odds shorten on the day of the race.

With the amount of people that place a Grand National bet, Grand National odds are always likely to shorten on the day of the race because of the amount of money in the betting market.

Backing your selection ante-post is the best way to take advantage of the best odds and if you work on the rule that none of the horses weighted 10st 3lb are lower are likely to get in, the risk of your horse being a non-runner is minimised.

The Midnight Club is attracting all the money in the Grand National betting and is almost certain to start the race as favourite bar a late gamble, and punters should look at the 8/1 now before it shortens on the day.

A £20 stake on The Midnight Club winning the Grand National would return £180. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.