Aintree Grand National Gamble

Mike Futter knew something that the rest of us did not and that was simply that Monty's Pass was a much better horse going left handed. Futter also knew that his horse would love the test of stamina and that he jumped for fun the year before in the Topham, which is run over the Aintree Grand National fences. He came second in this race and that is when Futter began to hatch his betting coup for the 2004 Grand National.

Along with the prize money of over a quarter of a million, it was widely reported that he won a further three quarters of a million from backing his horse at prices in the region of 40/1. This is one of the races in the year that the Bookies will stand big bets as there is so much bet on the Grand National each year. Futter would have had to have staked over 20,000 as not all his bets would have been at the 40/1 price but that really is a quality gamble and this really was the story of this Grand National. It was reported that William Hill were stung for 400,000 and this was their worst Grand National result.

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