This weekend sees the Aintree Grand National being run on Saturday and there will be the usual huge interest in the four and a half mile spectacular. Four of the first five in the betting are Irish trained horses and hopes will be high that the Irish can come back with another title in the bag on Saturday evening.
Numbersixvalverde wil be back to defend his crown and he is attractively priced at 12/1 to make it two in a row. The top of the betting market is as follows: Point Barrow (former Irish Grand National winner) 9/1 favourite; Dun Doire 10/1; Joe’s Edge 11/1; Numbersixvalverde 12/1; Hedgehunter 14/1; 16/1 bar. We will be paying a quarter of the odds on the first five horses in the Grand National this year.
This weekend the FA Cup semi-finals take place and the odds are as follows: Watford 7/1 v Man. Utd. 2/7 (Draw 100/30). Chelsea 1/2 v Blackburn 11/2 (Draw 5/2).
A Chelsea/Man. Utd. final can be backed at 1/3. To win the FA Cup outright: Man Utd 1/1, Chelsea 6/5, Blackburn 10/1, Watford 25/1.
GAA betting: National Football League: To win outright – Division 1: Donegal 13/8, Mayo 15/8, Galway 3/1, Kildare 11/2. Division 2 – to win outright (before next Sunday’s games): Monaghan 15/8, Meath 9/4, Cavan 5/2, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon all 16/1, Offaly 20/1. National Hurling League: Kilkenny 4/6, Cork 3/1, Waterford 4/1, Wexford 12/1.
Bet of the week: Dun Doire each-way in the Grand National
This Tony Martin trained horse has a proven record in staying chases. He jumps well and looks a great bet at the price. He won in Cheltenham last year and has been trained especially with this race in mind.