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Grand National 2017 insider betting tips - Who the bookmakers are backing with their own money to win the 2017 Grand National

Want inside info and betting tips on the 2017 Grand National? Bettingpro.com spoke exclusively to Britain's top bookmakers to find out who they are backing to win the world's biggest horse race. If the bookies are backing them then they must have a chance, right?

Want inside info and betting tips on the 2017 Grand National? Bettingpro.com spoke exclusively to Britain's top bookmakers to find out who they are backing to win the world's biggest horse race. If the bookies are backing them then they must have a chance, right?

The Grand National is the world's biggest horse race and there will be billions backed on the outcome. The majority of the money is likely to end up in the bookmakers pockets but how will those working for the firms be profiting? We spoke exclusively to representatives from Britain's biggest firms and asked them not to tell us who their company is taking on but who they are backing, with their own hard earned money, to win the 2017 Grand National. Here's what they said:

bet365

Steve Freeth, Head of PR @stevefreeth

Ucello Conti. He fits the profile of a National winner, ran with credit last year and trained with this race in mind by Gordon Elliott – what’s not to like? Gets my fiver each-way.

Betway 

Alan Alger, Head of PR @Alan_Alger_

I really like Doctor Harper, who sneaked into the race at the latest stage and ticks boxes on lots of the trends and is from a stable that know how to win this.


BetVictor 

Jack Milner, PR @BetVictorRacing

O'Faolain's Boy for me; Group One winner over fences in his prime and should relish both the marathon trip and Liverpool's forecast better ground. Should hopefully finish in the top six!


Paddy Power

Feilim Mac An Iomaire, Head of PR @feilimmac

Pleasant Company. Lightly raced this year, and looks to have been targeting Saturday’s showpiece. Won the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse a couple of weeks ago, the same race that Hedgehunter won before he galloped to Aintree glory in 2005. Lightening to strike twice?

Ladbrokes

Nicola McGeady, Head of Horse Racing PR @NicolaMcGeady

Highland Lodge for me. He loves Aintree, having won the Becher Chase two years ago and only just beaten by Vieux Lion Rouge this year. He finished ahead of The last Samuri, One For Arthur, and Ucello Conti. He's been kept fresh for this and looks too big a price to ignore!

Alex Apati, Ladbrokes News @AlexAa

I've taken a solid afternoon out of my day to do all the maths and I now know the winner. The average age of the past 70 winners is 9. The average weight is just over 11-0 and if you were to add up the odds of every past winner and divide them by 70, you get 23.88/1. The closest hose to tick all of those boxes? Rogue Angel, the 9-year-old 10-8 25/1 shot. Thank me on Saturday evening! It's also worth noting his trainer, Mouse Morris also trained last year's winner - Rule The World.

William Geldart, Ladbrokes News @WilliWycombe

Vieux Lion Rouge 11/1. I tend to stick to what I know and keep the faith with horses that have rewarded me in the past. It's not always a wise tactic and it does come with its own headaches. For instance, Vieux Lion Rouge, Blaklion and Cause of Causes have each netted me tidy windfalls in the recent past and all three hold leading Grand National claims. However, when push comes to shove I'm going to side with the former of that trio. David Pipe's charge heads into this fresh from his Grand National Trial win at Haydock and finished seventh in last year's renewal. I'm backing him to do even better in 2017. 

Coral

Raymond Doyle, Head of Promotions @RaymondDoyle1

Vicente. Paul Nicholls paid for a beer or two for me back in 2012 with Neptune Collonges so fingers crossed Vicente can oblige this year. 2016 winner of the Coral Scottish Grand National so not afraid of the long distances. 

Jason Ryan, Horse Racing Trading Manager, @JasonRyan22

Double Shuffle. Tom George/Adrian Heskin are having a season of a lifetime and they team up with Double Shuffle who, like many Grand National winners, has good form over 2m/2m4f and jumps for fun.



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Grand National 2017 insider betting tips - Who the bookmakers are backing with their own money to win the 2017 Grand National

Want inside info and betting tips on the 2017 Grand National? Bettingpro.com spoke exclusively to Britain's top bookmakers to find out who they are backing to win the world's biggest horse race. If the bookies are backing them then they must have a chance, right?

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