Grand National Win Bonanza for Online Bookies

Published Saturday, April 04, 2009 -

The Grand National is one of the best known and most gambled on horse races in the world. The 162nd running of the race will attract 65,000 viewers in the stands and millions from around the world. Liam Treadwell rode Mon Mome the 100-1 shot to victory today making him the biggest priced winner since Foinavon in 1967. Comply or Die, who won the race last year came in second and My Will finished third. This grueling but exciting steeple chase with a huge field, and giant fences offers a wide range of betting options. Twice round the two and a quarter mile, 16 fence Aintree course has tested some of the world best jump jockeys and horses for nearly a century.
A fact of the Grand National is that it attracts just as many female punters as men. Nearly 16 million people placed a wager last year and one in three was a woman. Some online gambling web sites record as many as 25 Bets per second. It is estimated as much as 400 million pounds will be wagered on the race.

The Aintree track communications manager, Andy Clifton, was quoted by Reuters News, "We are not immune to what is going on outside the gates of Aintree in terms of the economic hardship that people are facing but all the signs are that the people of the northwest are still having their big day out and will come in almost as big numbers as they did last year," he went on to add, "They are big days out and they get national publicity and the bigger brands want to be associated with people having fun, having a good day out. We are pretty confident that we can buck the trend, slightly, particularly at the bigger meetings."

Prize money for this year's race has increased by 100,000 pounds from last year to 900,000 pounds, with the three-day Aintree meeting boasting a record prize money pool of 2.7 million pounds. Todays' outcome was noted as a great result for the bookmakers. One booking agency was quoted as saying, "This is definitely a bonanza-day for the bookies. Such is the enormity of the Grand National that the first half-year profit-and-loss can rest on the result of this one race, and we could not have written a better script for a winner."

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