It was odd watching the Grand National having not put a bet on. It just becomes a very long, exceptionally random horse race – which is of course its appeal to the betting public. What was nice to see was that after all the controversy over “the race that never was”, they still haven’t really improved the start. As far as I can see the only difference now to the way they used to start the race is
a) the tape is high-visibility orange
b) the old giffers holding the tape wear gloves
Hence, yet another false start.

Also nice to see that my sure-fire for picking a winner came up trumps again. If you get the form guide in advance and consider the going, the age of the horse and the reputation of the jockey. Then ignore it and bet on all the jockeys whose silks are predominantly green. Let’s see if the bookies remember that next year.