Excitement builds ahead of Grand National

With memories still fresh from this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National, focus has already switched towards next year’s event at Aintree Racecourse following the release of tickets for the 2015 festival. The world’s most famous steeplechase race had its 167th birthday in April, with Dr Richard Newland’s trained Pineau de Re romping to victory after starting at 25/1 to cap off a memorable weekend in Liverpool.

The dates for the 2015 festival have been set for April 9-11 next year, with further details set to be revealed regarding traditional days such as Friday’s Ladies Day. Over 600 million viewers watched the weekend’s festivities this year, with over 150,000 visitors passing through the Aintree gates over the course of the three days. The weekend culminated with winning jockey Leighton Aspell handing John Proven his first National winner. Despite starting at 25/1 with bet365, Pineau de Re raised a number of eyebrows by coming home five lengths clear from Balthazar King, Double Seven, Alvardo and Rocky Creek in a fascinating race, with bet365 paying out for five places on each-way bets.

While there are months to go until the 2015 Grand National, the bookies are already taking bets on next year’s race. Pineau de Re currently finds itself at around the 25/1 price he started last year’s race. The 11-year old hasn’t been active since triumphing in this year’s National but he is expected to be given plenty of run-outs before defending his crown in April.

The early betting favourite is Shutthatfrontdoor, who is coming off an impressive season that was topped off by BJ Geraghty riding the seven year old to the Irish Grand National Chase title. The Jonjo O’Neill trained gelding looks great value at 25/1, with it looking extremely likely those odds will significantly lengthen in the weeks running up to the race. Last year’s third placed Double Seven is another early favourite who could give racing betting fans an opportunity for value, and bet365 fans could do worse than to throw a few quid on the Ireland-based horse.

While most betting websites only pay out for three or four places, bet365 has long put itself ahead of the opposition by giving their customers the chance to make each-way bets covering five places in the Grand National. With so many options available to betting fans for the most watched horse race in the world, being able to back horse for five places make bet365 one of the most popular online betting sites.

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