There’s one time of the year when even the least betting-minded of us fancy a flutter – and that’s on the Grand National. No matter if you can’t spot a winner to save your life, there’s something about that event that brings out a different side to people.
That said, it’s an everyman sport, you don’t need to deep dive into layers of rules to know that the first past the post is the winner. You can see how many people become temporary fans with half-open screens on laptops at work, smartphones on the go and packed out pubs at lunchtime. Everyone can get in on the action with a punt here and there, and why not – the element of luck gives even a novice the chance to come out a winner. Of course, it’s all in good fun and you can find a little inspiration from apps like Ladbroke’s Grand National Horse Generator Game if you fancy it.
I went for 9, blue and long odds & this is who came up:
However for us at DC we love the element of theatre that comes with the event itself. Take a stroll down on race day and you’ll be rewarded with peacocks of every description. You bring out your absolute finest and wear with pride – giving us a chance to showcase the very best three piece suits, pocket squares and accessories a gent can muster. While not everyone will pull off the dapper look quite so finely, it’s a brilliant excuse to show off your finest in equally enthusiastic company.
Of course, it’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement. A moment ago it was a funny name on a slip of paper, the next it’s your pride and joy, your baby boy, hurtling towards the finish line. Who wouldn’t get caught up in the drama? And even if your horse is leagues ahead, there’s always the chance of an unlucky fall and then all bets are off. It’s an adrenalin rush alright, the beauty is that you never know what’s going to happen next.
So we don’t know about you, but we’ll be donning our finest threads, taking a chance on a winner and sipping a glass of bubbly this Grand National weekend.