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Grand National bets could top £150m

Millions of people are expected to have a flutter on the 166th John Smith's Grand National today.

Forty runners and riders will compete in the world's most famous steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse.

A sell-out crowd of more than 70,000 in Liverpool will be joined in watching the contest by an estimated 600 million television viewers across the globe.

Thousands of racegoers will watch the drama unfold at Aintree today.
Thousands of racegoers will watch the drama unfold at Aintree today. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bookies hope the betting could top £150 million with punters expected to wager more cash than usual as this year's race is the only major sporting event of the weekend.

The Grand National usually coincides with the US Masters and FA Cup semi finals.

Coral Spokesman Simon Clare said: "The Grand National is one of Britain's most popular sporting occasions, with two thirds of the adult population likely to place a bet.

"Seabass is expected to be the best backed horse in the race, as the so-called housewives' choice, given the huge media spotlight on his rider Katie Walsh who is bidding to be the first lady rider to win the Grand National."

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Grand National preview - Tatenen

by Andrew Pate

A trainer from Sussex is hoping to win the Grand National trophy on Saturday 6th April.

Richard Rowe was part of Josh Gifford's stables, when Aldaniti romped home more than thirty ago. Now having become a successful trainer himself, he thinks that his horse - Tatenen - could scoop the big prize. Andrew Pate spoke to both the trainer, and groom - Lizzie Gorringe - in his report.