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Grand National turnover to smash £200 million mark as temperatures soar

| 07.04.2017

It’s the biggest day of the year for bookmakers, and with the UK set to enjoy rising temperatures tomorrow, Coral believe the sunshine-inspired feelgood factor could send turnover on this year’s Grand National to record levels, with more than £200 million wagered on the famous Aintree contest.

Among the horses Coral fear are Wonderful Charm, the mount of top lady jockey Katie Walsh, who is bidding to become the first female rider to win the National, Cause Of Causes and More Of That, both owned by legendary Irish owner and gambler JP McManus, and most of all, current race favourite Definitly Red.

“The Grand National is by far the biggest betting event of the year, and the fine forecast for National day will help push turnover above the £200 million mark on the one race over ten millions Brits enjoy a flutter on,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

“Definitly Red looks certain to start favourite, and is the horse we fear the most.  The most famous National horse of them all is three-time winner Red Rum, while many thousands of fans of the ‘Reds’ Liverpool and Manchester United will be backing the horse,” added Stevens.

“Liverpool play Stoke before the big race, and the double with Definitly Red, at odds of more than 20-1, will be an especially popular bet among Liverpool fans.  If both team and horse win, the bookies will Definitly be in the Red on Saturday afternoon, with a payout of £20 million,” concluded Stevens.


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David Stevens

David joined Coral as PR manager in 2001, having previously worked at the
Racing Post. Now in the role of Head of PR, he is involved in all aspects
of the company's media relations, providing the latest racing betting news , as well as Coral's sponsorship and event
portfolio. A keen sports fan, and long-suffering Portsmouth supporter (the
two are not always connected), when not working he will normally be found
heading south, or east or west, to the sun, and that liking for the sunshine
explains why he will always prefer flat racing to the jumps.