Grand National And Champions League This Week
It’s a massive week for sports betting with turnover expected to reach record levels for the midweek Champions League quarter-finals and the Grand National on Saturday. There are regular tournaments for tennis and golf and it could turn out to be a bookies benefit or a bonanza for punters. Bookmakers go 10/1 the field for the National and the most famous race in the world looks the most open for a number of years.
The Grand National is the highlight and culmination of the Grand National meeting at Aintree from Thursday to Saturday. This year there is a four week gap between the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree so its feasible for horses to run at both meetings. Aintree is less intense than Cheltenham but the racing is just as good and there is the cherry on top of the National on Saturday for which BLAKLION is 12/1 with Betfair.
There are four Grade 1 races at Aintree on Thursday and even that does not happen at Cheltenham. The quality of the racing and facilities has improved massively over the last 20 years. Ladies Day has its special attractions and is Liverpool’s day out but overall the three day meeting offers high class sport. Buveur D’Air, Might Bite and Altior could be running this week and they are superstars of the jumping game.
The four Champions League quarter-finals are decided with two fixtures on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Manchester City are 3-0 down to Liverpool after the first leg at Anfield and will need something special to progress. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona are favourites to join one of the English clubs in the semi-finals. BAYERN MUNICH are 3/1 with William Hill to win the Champions League.
The racing week begins today with jumps meetings at Ludlow, Wincanton and Kempton and they race on the All-Weather at Wolverhampton. The prize money at the small country Ludlow track is decent for a Monday and the Handicap Chase at 3.55 is worth over £13,000 to the winner. SPACE ODITY carries top weight but enters calculations on past form and can be backed at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.