Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Runners and Riders, Get Ready...
Its the Grand National this coming Saturday. As has become traditional with this blog, we'll be having a (sadly cash free) sweepstakes for England's most famous horse race. This year's contest marks a departure from usual form, as I'll be offering a prize of insignificant value to the lucky bastard who picks the winner.
Now the traditional rubric (from 2005):
"(You should) pick your horse using the tried and tested "Oooh I like the jockey's colours" method... Although also the choice of the BBC's top racing tipster, I'm going for Forest Gunner because my paternal grandfather was an artilleryman from the edge of Epping Forest in East London (see how this works?). My second, outsider, no-hope, I'll put a quid on it for a laugh horse is the 100-1 shot Europa, because the jockey will be wearing yellow and green, the same as Norwich City FC."
So... pick two horses: one you think has a shot, and one who might win if everyone else falls over. Best place wins. New this year, equine term limits: previous entrants cannot go with the same horse as the previous year, as when Mondale did it last April it made me irrationally and disproportionately annoyed. The final cut for the race has yet to be made so the BBC hasn't posted the silks yet, but as soon as they do I'll link across and put up my picks. In the meanwhile, here's a list of the initial entrants to whet your appetite. If you want to learn more about the Grand National in general, the usual collection of fact, half-truths, and bollocks can be found here.
Last year's winner was Bill Norris riding Numbersixvalverde, which set the tone for the rest of my year with the Texan New Yorker. In 2005, old pal Mondale took the champagne.
Lastly, here's the course, like it really matters to your selections: