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Ballabriggs the Grand National odds pick based on quirky trends

| 08.04.2011

Picking a good jumper, with strong resolves of stamina are key trends to follow in the Grand National, but punters happy to follow some more unique statistics will find that Ballabriggs is the likely victor at Aintree.

Ladbrokes have thrown out the formbook and have looked at seven quirky statistics in order to find a Grand National tip, including the nationality of the winning jockey, the length of the horse’s name and the colour of the jockey’s silks.

Ballabriggs is 14/1 in the Grand National odds and is the only horse in the 40 that meets all of the seven statistics.

The last ten Grand National winners were considered in the creation of the statistics and the results were as follows.

• Seven winners were aged either nine or ten
• Nine were no bigger than 33/1 in the Grand National betting
• Four of the winning horses had 11 letters in their name
• Seven winning jockeys wore green silks
• Seven winning jockeys have been Irish
• Nine winning jockeys had no more than six letters in their first name
• All ten jockeys have had 13 or fewer letters in their full names

Meanwhile, Ballabriggs also meets a large percentage of the typical trends that are traditionally followed in the selection of a Grand National winner and have been common among the last ten victors.

These include that he heads to Aintree with a weight of less than 11st 5lb, he has won over a distance of at least three miles during his career and has had no more than two falls during his chase career.

Ballabriggs will be lining up for the Grand National in green and yellow silks, will be ridden by Jason Maguire and has the added advantage of being trained by Donald McCain, the son of Red Rum’s legendary trainer Ginger.

A £20 stake on Ballabriggs winning the Grand National would return £280. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.