How I picked the 2024 Grand National winner! 5 ways to make your winning selection

 The post title is a little presumptive of course, in that my time machine is on the blink. Essentially though, regardless of whether we’re a gambling professional or casual punter we all have our own unique way of picking the horses we bet on. Some approaches more sensible and analytical than others of course, and with the Grand National just around the corner if you’re looking for a method of picking a winner, I present to you five ways to make selection for the Grand National 2024.

Office sweepstakes

If you’re an office worker there is often the standard ‘pick it out of a hat’ or first come first served’ style of horse racing betting when it comes to picking your selection. It’s all just a bit of fun and if yours romps home you get to paint yourself as office savant for the day, and if it doesn’t nobody particularly cares. Should you all be throwing in a bit of money in as the prize, then there may well be peer pressure to ‘reinvest’ it in rounds of drinks if you win, and so it’s not to be taken too seriously!

Cold, hard, analysis

Followers or form and professional gamblers alike often draw assessments of a horses chances and value via statistics and various subjective and objective measures, long before others have considered doing so (if they ever do), and so even though there’s many aspects of luck to the Grand National, these individuals often at least have a foundation and reasoning behind their decisions. That approach doesn’t promise anything on any specific day, but as a long term approach it should eventually pay dividends.

I just like the name / the odds

The average Joe may well like the thrill and the spectacle of the Grant National, but they’re understandably not losing sleep over making a selection. It can often just come down to liking the name of a horse, and preferably alongside it liking the odds too. If a horses name resonates with you, there’s nothing more thrilling than hearing it blare out again and again during the race as you realise you’re ‘somehow’ still in with a shot with a couple of furlongs to go. And if yours romps home, who cares what the reasoning was behind the pick!

Ask a budgie

If you’re a fan of Carry on Films you may well have seen the comical Carry on at your Convenience. One plotline sees a housewife struggle to get their pet budgie Joey to talk. Her and her husband eventually work out that it tweets whenever the name of horses (which go on to win) are read out. This results in several big wins for them. Very unscientific of course but if you do notice a nearby parrot and are short of ideas it’s always an option to have a little whisper in its ear to see what it has to say. Your chances of getting a positive or useful reply are rapidly increased if there happens to be a horse called Polly Wants a Cracker’ running.

Copy a mate

If it’s all too much hassle for you to pick a horse out of the 34 racing (down from 40 in previous years), or you’re pained over your selection, you can always be completely uninventive and just join with a mate with their selection. That way you’re either both either cheering on your selection together or consoling each other them it falls at the first. It’s an opportunity to drink to your joint success, or drown your sorrows aka a good excuse to have a pint!

Galopin Des Champs eyes up Gold cup Glory!

In sport there’s nothing quite like the big event. Whether it’s cheering on England in the Euros or World Cup, or an underdog story like the recent Luke Littler excitement in the World darts championship, there is definitely something indefinably great about witnessing the pinnacle of sporting achievement and all it takes to get there. The Sport of Kings of course is no different and this laugh inducing video from Betway acted as useful reminder that the one and only Cheltenham Festival will soon be upon us once more. Doesn’t time fly?

I’m sure we all have our memorable moments of Cheltenham over the years, and mine has to be Best Mate winning the jewel in the crown Cheltenham Gold Cup not once, not twice but three times in a row. Showing my age I may well be, but it’s not often you get to witness such a feat happen in real time. Of course for those tuning in this year it’s possible that Galopin Des Champs could take a further step in treading that path by ‘doing the double’ (as in repeat his 2023 Gold Cup win), so that in itself is a piece of history in the making. Other contenders might have a thing or two to say about that though. Personally, with with regard to Cheltenham odds, I like the look of Gerri Colombe at 8-1.

I’m sure there will be a few office sweepstakes going going across the country over the course of Cheltenham, but whether there is or isn’t in yours its certainly not a bad time to place a bet. The big festivals have a habit bringing out generous free bet and bet bonus type offers to attract those wishing to have a punt. So if you want to ramp up the excitement level a little, this it a great time to do so. Place your bets now please!

FIFA World Cup Slot by Dreamtech

 Dreamtech has developed the FIFA World Cup online slot that has 5×3 reels with an RTP of 96.01% which is above average.

This game also has various bonus features such as free spins, expanding wilds and a bonus round.

In this game, a lucky star player can be chosen from a list of familiar names including Klose, Ronaldo and Pogba. The chosen player will be positioned beside the reels during gameplay and this person’s presence is going to affect the mechanics of the slot machine in a real way, rather than just another cosmetic element. Secondly, the setting of the game is visually spectacular as you see a clear and vibrant image of a football stadium.

FIFA World Cup Slot Bonus Rounds and Free Spins

Free Spins Feature

The free spins feature is activated when three or more trophy symbols land, providing players with five free games. In the free spins round, one of the first four reels will expand for more chances for creating winning combinations.

Bonus Feature

The main feature of the FIFA World Cup is its bonus feature which activates when landing three golden boots in any position. This will start a penalty shootout bonus game, where players aim for a goal to win a prize. The game’s graphics, music as well as playability ensure that it is a perfect choice for any slot lover whether he or she is a lover of football or not.


Dreamtech did not disappoint when they produced this World Cup-themed slot and we found it very enjoyable and loved the fact that there is a bonus feature and a free spins feature. We also liked the fact that the RTP of 96.01% is on the higher end so it improves the chances of winning somewhat.

A Million Dollar Shot (But they didn’t want to pay him!)

Where many would’ve failed, this guy 100% made the most of his moment and opportunity.. and only then did the problems begin. A must watch video.