A Revision To Our Grand National Bet

| April 4, 2011 | 13 Replies

They say that the Grand National is a bit of a lottery and while I don’t completely agree, it’s fair to say that I didn’t see this one coming…

One Cool Cookie, one of three Betting Rant selections, has died after breaking a front leg on Friday.

Obviously my condolences go out to connections, including trainer Charlie Swan who said:

“He was a great old servant and my first Grade 1 winner as a trainer and we were so looking forward to the National next Saturday and keeping him for those bank races.”

That sad turn of events has theoretically left us with a losing bet, however I have heard from one reader who told me that Betfair have refunded his stake, so if you did place a bet it’s worth finding out where your bookie stands.

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Moving on, we’re left with a hole in our Grand National stable and one that I am keen to fill with first reserve Niche Market.

Now, if you were paying attention (and if you weren’t then shame on you!) you’ll know that Niche Market fitted all our criteria but missed out because of his trainer’s poor record in the race.

However, it has been pointed out to me that this was a little negative on my part…

Here’s what Michael had to say:

“I love your Survival Kit idea on the inscrutable Grand National but with me you fell at Becher’s the third time around!

“You eliminated Niche Market because his trainer had not yet won the National. Not only was that a thoroughly negative approach but it was also against all the principles which you usually employ in your writing.

“Since the end of WW2 there have been 63 runnings of the National. In at least 51 of those the winning trainer was a National virgin. In that time I can recall only eight who have graced the winners’ enclosure more than once from Crump to Twiston-Davies through V. O’B; Rimell; Winter; McCain; Forster and Pitman.

“What a host of winners you would have missed if you had followed that logic consistently. You have forced me into Niche Market; this will be the first bet I have had on the National since I had a tenner on Devon Loch!”

For my money, Michael has made a very good and well thought out point and I’m only too happy to promote Niche Market in One Cool Cookie’s absence.

It also goes to show the value of getting involved in the debate!

So, add Niche Market to your Grand National portfolio by backing him at 22.0 with Betfair or 18/1 with William HillWilliam Hill Sports

And  share your thoughts on the big race in the comments section below.


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  1. Mike Lockey says:

    Betfair sent me an E-Mail and refunded my money on One Cool Cookie. Fair way to bet!

  2. George Hendey says:

    I had already backed Niche Market despite your negative comment and Betfair have also refunded my bet on One Cool Cookie.
    Best wishes

  3. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    That’s good to hear.

    Apparently Blue Square have refused to refund bets (as have Betfair in one or two instances) but hopefully the majority will have gotten their money back.

  4. ray says:

    WILLIAM HILL. Have refused to refund my bet that was made Sunday.
    I belive that they should at least have given me the oppertunity
    to place my bet on another horse but they said no and that was the Rule.
    As it happens they would have got more as I intended to up my stake.
    but that is now there loss as well.

  5. wayne says:


    I put the bet on with Bet365 and ive gotten my money back too


  6. ray says:

    Ray again.

    below is a copy of the email that I have sent to

    William Hill customer services.

    just a few mins ago.

    On Sunday I placed three bets with you concerning the Grand National,

    Today I Phoned up to see what the situation was regarding my bet expecting to

    be told that I would need to make another selection, which I was prepared to do.

    However I was told that I would lose my stake and that was it,

    Under the circumstances I do not believe that this was a fair or right Decision.

    I had been ready to put that Stake and more on another horse, but on being told

    that I had lost my original stake I did NOT do so.

    I am very disappointed with your decision.

    Yours Ray Gowrie.

  7. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Ray,

    I could understand their stance had the bet been placed before the incident, however given you placed the bet on Sunday you have every right to feel aggrieved as the horse should not have even been in their Grand National market.

    You may want to refer them to this article which confirms that the horse died prior to you placing the bet:


    Let me know how you get on.


  8. slinny says:

    Hi matt betfair refunds all non runners because you no longer have a matched bet at least that is my experience in the last 12 months. AS

  9. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Slinny,

    That applies to daily racing but not the ante-post markets.

    Ante-post rules are pretty much set so that if your horse is withdrawn you lose your stake. However, that shouldn’t really apply in this case as the incident that caused the withdrawal occured before most people placed their bets.


  10. ray says:

    Hello Matt,

    PLease would you tell me how to find out the DAY and TIME that “”One Cool

    Cookie “” died, so that I can decide whether or not to follw up on this


    Thank You Ray.

  11. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    I couldn’t tell you exactly as only the trainer/vets will have that information but the Racing Post reported the incident on Saturday (see link above) so if you placed the bet on Sunday then you have a case.


  12. ray says:

    Hello again Matt,

    Thank You very much for your information.

    First William Hill replied to my email today with similar information to

    my phone call. However taking your advice I decided to phone customer

    service this afternoon, with the intension of informing them that the

    poor horse was probably already dead when I placed the bet.

    However when I spoke to them they informed me that the stake had already

    been returned to my account early this morning.

    NO email or anything to tell me !!!!.

    So I placed a new bet on Niche Market.

    Once again Thank You Very MuchPlease keep up the good work.

    Ray. P S did you call them or do they read this comment page.??

    Whichever way it is another win for the good guys.

  13. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Ray,

    That is good news. Hopefully Niche Market will win and you’ll take even more money out of them!

    I haven’t spoken to them personally but I know a lot of the bookmakers have people that keep an eye on the site, so someone from William Hill may well have seen it.

    Either way, we’ve got the right outcome in the end.


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