Katie Walsh ridden Baie Des Iles could be “painful winner” for bookies

Katie Walsh ridden Baie Des Iles could be “painful winner” for bookies

Friday, April 13, 2018 Posted by Craig Davies
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Irish jockey aiming to become first female Grand National winner

This weekend will see the 2018 Randox Health Grand National take place, with the compelling four a quarter mile steeplechase proving as difficult as ever to even attempt to predict.

A significant number of runners are available for similar odds across a wide variety of bookmakers, whilst Baie Des Iles, ridden by Katie Walsh who is bidding to become the first female jockey to win the National, has seen odds continually tumble from 50/1 in the last week.

Alan Alger, public relations manager at Betway, spoke to TotallyGaming.com addressing who punters are favouring, and the potential cost of Walsh, who finished third in 2012, triumphing: “We have already seen a lot of money for Baie Des Iles who has more than halved in price over the last couple of days and currently sits as a 12/1 shot. That will of course be a painful winner for us, but we expect to see a few more gambles take place between now and then.

“Luckily our expert trading team will be on hand to react as the money comes in in order to avoid us suffering too much damage. Well, that’s the plan anyway.”

Current odds online with Betway sees Anibale Fly and Blaklion joint 9/1 favourites, trailed by Tiger Roll and Total Recall at 10/1 and Baie Des Iles and seeyouatmidnight (12/1).

However, with the National Hunt race being notoriously difficult to predict, could this event be considered something of a bookmaker friendly event: “It’s safe to say the Grand National is a lottery, but as the old saying goes – you need to be in it to win it. The race offers a great chance for punters, both sporadic and regular, to land a nice priced winner, with a small stake enough to make someone’s day.

“Fingers crossed it will prove to be ours, but as we saw with Tony McCoy in 2010, a well-placed horse can win the race and inflict a lot of pain on us bookies.”

Alger went on to detail the significance of Betway being the official betting partner of the event, as well as how this link up is leveraged to garner interest within the brand: “Betway has invested a lot of time, money and effort into horse racing and it’s imperative that we sit side-by-side with the bigger operators and gain our market share by sponsoring some of the sport’s biggest events.

“We have already enjoyed a lot of success with our sponsorship of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and we hope to build on that throughout the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

“The racing at Aintree is top quality and it attracts a big, national audience too, so it's perfect for attracting new customers. We're running top offers throughout the week for existing customers too and are paying out on the first six in the national."

Totally Gaming says: The Grand National has a strong reputation for being so unique in its difficulty to call a winner, with the form book going out of the window on many an occasion. The allure of the National draws people in their droves year on year, but it remains to be seen who the big winner will be this time around, punters or bookies.

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