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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Biggest Priced Grand National Winners

This coming Saturday we once again get to enjoy the most popular horse racing event in the racing calendar, The Grand National. Who doesn't like to have a flutter on an event that has become something of a national institution over almost 150 years. Whether your selection is due to an office sweepstake, the name of a horse, newspaper tips or analysing race form, it's always good to be part of the action.

To get into the spirit here at Outsider I've trawled through the archives to find the biggest priced winning horses since the beginning of The Grand National back in 1836:

Date       Winner              Age      Odds (SP)
1866       Salamander         7        40/1
1888       Playfair               7        40/1
1896       The Soarer          7        40/1
1908       Rubio                 10       66/1
1928       Tipperary Tim    10      100/1
1929       Gregalach           7        100/1
1932       Forbra                 7        50/1
1938       Battleship          11        40/1
1947      Caughoo              8        100/1
1948      Sheila's Cottage   9         50/1
1949      Russian Hero       9         66/1
1951      Nickel Coin         9         40/1
1963      Ayala                   9         66/1
1966      Anglo                  8         50/1
1967     Foinavon              9        100/1
1980     Ben Nevis            12       40/1
1985     Last Suspect        11        50/1
1995     Royal Athlete      12        40/1
2009     Mon Mome          9        100/1
2013    Auroras Encore    11        66/1

These are the Grand National winners of 40-1 and above. Of course since we now have Betfair, the likes of Mon Mome in 2009 were available at odds bigger than the already mind boggling 100-1 bookmakers SP odds (According to the company, Betfair SP was 143 and it touched 1000 at three points in running).

It's interesting to note that bigger priced winners in recent decades tend to be older. Not listed here, but the winning time has been very consistent in recent years too. Being that so much can happen over the 30 fences and 4 miles plus, that might come as a surprise to some. There are a good number of 40-1 runners in the 2015 Grand National. If you're a fan of betting on an outsider, which one or ones do you intend to go for this year?