Grand National 2014: Aintree Picks, Tips, Odds and Betting Guide

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IApril 4, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Ryan Mania riding Auroras Encore clears the last fence ahead of Teaforthree ridden by Nick Schofield on their way to victory in the John Smiths Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 6, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Saturday sees one of the world's grandest horse races take centre stage at Aintree Racecourse as the Grand National brings its annual dose of intrigue for steeplechase fans and punters alike.

It's an event of both sport and non-too-salubrious entertainment as crowds flock to Merseyside for one of the biggest days on the racing calendar.

However, the gruelling race is much more than just laps around a track. Over the near four and a half miles, 30 fences must be negotiated as 40 horses attempt to clinch a famous victory.

With the race set to take place on Saturday, here's a look at all of the latest information heading into the 2014 running of the Grand National.

2014 Grand National Odds (accurate at time of writing)
HorseOdds
Teaforthree8-1
Monbeg Dude12-1
Tidal Bay14-1
Double Seven14-1
Long Run14-1
Rocky Creek16-1
Burton Port16-1
Prince De Beauchene16-1
Balthazar King18-1
Triolo D'Alene20-1
The Package20-1
Pineau De Re20-1
Big Shu25-1
Shakalakaboomboom25-1
The Rainbow Hunter28-1
Colbert Station28-1
Goonyella28-1
Lion Na Bearnai28-1
Alvarado33-1
Hawkes Point33-1
Mr. Moonshine33-1
Battle Group33-1
Night in Milan33-1
Chance Du Roy33-1
Vintage Star40-1
Across the Bay40-1
Soll40-1
Mountainous40-1
Quito De La Roque40-1
Walkon50-1
Last Time D'Albain50-1
Rose of the Moon50-1
Hunt Ball50-1
Wayward Prince50-1
Buckers Bridge50-1
Vesper Bell50-1
Our Father50-1
Raz De Maree50-1
Golan Way66-1
Minella For Value66-1
Oddschecker

 

Betting Guide

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Tour Des Champs ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies jumps a fence during The John Smith's Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 6, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Some punters will be lucky enough to find themselves at Aintree for Saturday's showpiece, but most will have to go down other routes to line their pockets. The Grand National website provides a guide to the online form of betting:

Betting online allows you to scan all of the various sites to find the most favourable odds with some websites even dedicated to comparing the odds at many different sites and showing you the best available. If you’re in a betting shop you don’t have that advantage and instead have to take the odds on offer there.

You also get to bet at your convenience, avoid the queues and take up better free money offers when you relax in the comfort of your own home, or at work, or wherever you happen to be at the time!

Along with payouts for winners, most sites give rewards for five places. So taking a gamble on a runner that might finish near the head of the pack could pay off as well.

Several sites also have listings of the sweepstakes, and The Telegraph provides one that fans can print off and keep up with. Even those not willing to place money on a horse can keep up with the race and enjoy tracking the Grand National.

 

Aintree Picks and Tips

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Johns Spirit ridden by Richie McLernon jumps a fence during The John Smith's Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 6, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Each Grand National provides multiple horses and jockeys with experience, but none comes with more bravado than Teaforthree.

The 10-year-old led in 2013 with just two fences remaining before Auroras Encore, who was a 66-1 shot winner, overtook Teaforthree as he eventually settled for third place. This year, the gelding comes in as an 8-1 favourite to take the crown, per Oddschecker.

Outside of Teaforthree, another horse to look for is Rocky Creek, who is a 16-1 shot to claim the crown.

Brian Healy of RacingTips.com provides analysis on the Paul Nicholls-trained runner:

Rocky Creek looks an ideal type for this race, chasing home Triolo D’Alene in the Hennessy at Newbury before chasing home Cheltenham specialist The Giant Bolster next time at that venue.

Paul Nicholls’ charge is effective on a range of ground conditions, and has only once finished out of the frame in ten starts under rules when down the field in the 2012 Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival.

Quickly switched to fences after, he has chased home the likes of Harry Topper, Dynaste, and the aforementioned Triolo D’Alene and The Giant Bolster and there could be further improvement to come upped further in trip.

Another horse gaining attention leading up to the Grand National is Long Run. The nine-year-old took home the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup and is partnered by popular amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.

The rider spoke about the chance to participate in the event and his horse, per Chris Wright of the Liverpool Echo:

The Grand National, even riding in it never mind winning it, was an early dream of mine when I started out riding horses. It's a race that has been very kind to me and as Long Run has had such an impact on the life of everybody in our family, it would be amazing if we could win it.

It's the greatest race in racing.

A 14-1 shot, Long Run is another horse that should feature as they clear the final fence.

Whether punters fancy the likes of a proven winner like Teaforthree who has experience on the challenging track or one of the underdogs, keeping an eye on the 2014 running will be worth the watch.

Final Picks: Teaforthree (8-1), Rocky Creek (16-1), Long Run (14-1)