Record bet numbers were reported in Saturday’s Grand National as the Great British public flocked to celebrate the tradition of a bet on the iconic race. Unconsidered 25/1 chance Pineau de Re emerged the eventual winner – with veteran jockey Leighton Aspell aboard. It would be second-time lucky for the Sussex-based jockey, who retired back in 2007 after becoming disillusioned with the sport, before making a comeback 18 months later.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “We’ll be toasting Leighton Aspell this evening, and the day he chose to make his comeback to race riding! The Great British public again proved their affinity for the Grand National – turning out in their droves to bet on the iconic race. We’ve seen record turnover levels again this year, and whilst not quite a record winning result, it was good enough to give us a warming glow.”
William Hill reported over 9,000 bets per minute were struck across its online and mobile channels in the minutes leading up the race – with the likes of Teaforthree, Double Seven, and Long Run all amongst those favourited by the betting public.
William Hill has already priced-up next year’s race with Pineau De Re a 25/1 chance to retain his crown. This year’s second and third Balthazar King and Double Seven are also installed as 25/1 co-favourites of four. Teaforthree who did not complete the race is also at 25/1.