Come Saturday 9th April, all eyes will be on Aintree when the world's most famous steeplechase gets underway, the 2011 Grand National. With 40 runners and 30 fences to overcome, the National is seen as the hardest race of the year to try and pick a winner but it's the one race that grabs the attention of the entire country with anyone of the runners going to post having a chance of victory.
The Grand National 2011 takes place at Aintree on Saturday, April 9th 2011 at 4.15pm.
Those who like to do something a little different on the National, should take a look at which horse will start favourite.
At the moment, The Midnight Club heads that market at 9-4 but risk a few pounds on What A Friend at 4-1. The reason is simple. He is partly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and the media will hype up his chances come Saturday.
Also, all Manchester United fans will want to be on and that is likely to see a late rush on What A Friend.
As for the number of finishers, with the standard of runners improving each year, around 17-18 has been the recent average. Up to and including 14 is 10-11 favourite, but 18 or more is the call at 11-4.
It's 8-11 for no false starts and evens for one or more. False starts are rare and that 8-11 looks banker material, while another bet that may appeal is Paddy Power's 4-1 that a horse will lead at The Elbow which comes after the last fence, and lose.
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