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The Grand National is almost here, and it promises to be the number one day in 2018 for having a flutter, as it is every year. But of course, where do you put your money? Whether you’re normally more into football, or you’re not really a gambler at all, you might be having some difficulty in picking your horse or horses for the big day.
Thankfully, there are plenty of alternative ways of picking a winner if you’re not prepared to pore over form guides and going with someone else’s tip just doesn't feel right. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Outlandish names are probably the most popular way of picking a horse, especially given that they’ve become more and more obscure over the years. Seeyouatmidnight, for instance, sounds more like a mid-noughties indie band than it does a racehorse, but you can be sure than many thousands of people will be picking it purely because of that.
Take a look through the list of horses, and find the one that jumps out at you, or has some kind of meaning for you. If you’re betting with mates, then pick terrible names for one another.
Racing colours are the next differentiator. They’re the colours that the jockeys wear on their shirts (known as their ‘silks’), and they can range from the mundane to the gaudy. Statistically green and yellow combined has done well in the past, but that’s probably nothing to go by. Take a look at the list and search for your favourite colour combination, or perhaps the one that looks the most eye catching.
The horse itself also presents yet another random quality for you to use - its colour! There are a huge range of colours - brown is not simply brown in equine terminology, so you can pick either by the colour itself, or the name of the colour. There are many to choose from, including ones that don’t sound too attractive, like liver and fleabitten grey.
And finally, of course, you can pick totally at random. You could pick out of a hat, or vigorously scroll up and down on the list of horses online and see where your cursor lands, if you can’t be bothered printing. There are lots of options - just be as creative as possible.
Whichever method of picking you choose, we wish you the best of luck on the day!