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Head to Head gambling is a form of fixed odds betting, where you can wager on the result of a specific event. It’s popular in the UK, and you’ll have seen it broadcast during sporting events, but it’s also legal in some other parts of the world.
Once again, those looking to take a punt on this are advised to check that the race is licensed before betting.
Where can I place my bet?
You can place a bet on the Grand National at the bookmakers you see in your local betting shop, on the internet, or at a betting shop where a live ticker is available.
Bookmakers in the UK often offer customers free ‘cash out’ options, which let you pay in small amounts of cash that you can use to place a bet online or in person.
How can I place a bet?
You don’t need to be a betting expert to place a bet. The bookmaker’s own technology allows you to deposit your money, select a horse in which to bet, and then the race number, distance and set weights.
Once you’ve made your selections, all you have to do is pick how much you’re willing to wager, and press ‘bet’.
If your horse comes in first, second or third, you’ll be given the amount you won. You can then cash out – usually within a few hours – or withdraw the money to pay your bills.
How much can I wager?
As with any betting activity, it’s advisable to be aware of the odds before making a bet.
To place a bet on the Grand National you’re allowed to bet between £2 and £10, and must be over 18 years old and a resident of the UK.
What’s happening with the weather?
With the rain and wind that have hit the UK in recent days, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the weather in Cheltenham on Saturday is looking fairly unpredictable.
However, Met Office forecasters are confident that the stormy weather will clear, with some sunny spells predicted for the afternoon.
How will the race finish?
As is traditional, the Grand National will finish in Aintree’s famous Aintree racecourse, but will the race be won in the way you’d hope?
Based on the 2018 event, there’s a 1.15pm start, with the race finishing at 5.15pm.
You can watch the race in full on ITV, or you can keep up to date on how the race is progressing on the Grand National website.
Will the race go to post?
Of course! No Grand National race goes without the spectacle of the horsebox pulling up to the start in front of the crowd.
And for the first time ever, the winning post will be equipped with LED lights for its journey around the course.
Will the horse in the lead stay in the lead?
The theory is that a horse will take the lead in a gradual and slow motion rather than a mad rush to the line.
In the Grand National, that’s exactly how it happens.
While it’s common for horses to lead the field, it’s unusual to see them stay on the front-runner for the whole race.
The first three horses to cross the line are often some distance apart from each other, and as a result no race is won by just one horse.