Bookies are set for a record weekend of Grand National, Masters golf and crunch Premier League matches

Bookies are set for a record weekend as Grand National, Masters golf and crunch Premier League match look set to bring tide of punters

  • Bookies are gearing up for a record-breaking weekend of gambling
  • Bets on tomorrow’s Grand National alone are expected to top £ 150million
  • Return of Tiger Woods and Liverpool vs Man City other blockbuster events
  • Reopening of betting shops after Covid has set the stage for the biggest betting day of the year Tomorrow

Bookies are gearing up for a record-breaking weekend with bets on tomorrow’s Grand National alone expected to top £ 150million.

As well as the Flagship horse race at Aintree, other big events include golf superstar Tiger Woods’s return to the Masters in the US, and Manchester City’s crunch game against Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

Bookies had a bumper few days with the Cheltenham Festival last month, but are said to be having ‘Sleepless Nights’ over the prospect of last year’s National Winner Rachael Blackmore successfully Defending her title.

Her feat, as the first woman to win the race, cost the industry a Fortune as thousands of small-time punters had a flutter.

Above: Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning last year’s Grand National on the Minella Times, an event which cost many bookmakers dear. At 10/1 she is among the Favorites for this year’s race, too

Jewson Anniversary 4-yo Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.  With the Grand National once more upon us, bookies are gearing up for a record-breaking weekend

Jewson Anniversary 4-yo Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. With the Grand National once more upon us, bookies are gearing up for a record-breaking weekend

Punters are expected to bet big on the Grand National Tomorrow, with bookies licking their lips at a potential £ 150 million placed on Saturday's race at Aintree

Punters are expected to bet big on the Grand National Tomorrow, with bookies licking their lips at a potential £ 150 million placed on Saturday’s race at Aintree

Above: Ladbrokes betting shops re-opening after Covid.  Bookies are said to be having ¿Sleepless nights¿ over the prospect of last year¿s National Winner Rachael Blackmore successfully Defending her title

Above: Ladbrokes betting shops re-opening after Covid. Bookies are said to be having ‘Sleepless Nights’ over the prospect of last year’s National Winner Rachael Blackmore successfully Defending her title

Industry figures said the reopening of betting shops has set the stage for a bumper weekend of gambling on sport.

And the combination of the Grand National with the crucial Premier League fixture and the Masters could see the industry take bets worth a total of £ 200million.

Around half of the people in the UK and Ireland place bets on the Grand National, with the average stake last year around £ 2.50.

Many back the Favorites, but some choose those with outstanding names and one attracting interest this year is 25/1 Run Wild Fred.

Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on Blackmore and her horse Minella Times from 14/1 to 10/1, putting her among the Favorites ahead of the race.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: ‘Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times are the Grand National dream team and the thought of her making it a double is giving our Traders Sleepless nights.

Above: Star players Mohammed Salah of Liverpool and Kevin de Buyne of Manchester City.  The top of the table Clash this weekend is another event on which punters are expected to bet big

Above: Star players Mohammed Salah of Liverpool and Kevin de Buyne of Manchester City. The top of the table Clash this weekend is another event on which punters are expected to bet big

Tiger Woods (above) acknowledges applause on the 18th green after finishing the first round at the Masters golf tournament Yesterday.  The return of the legendary golfer is cause for another flutter from British punters

Tiger Woods (above) acknowledges applause on the 18th green after finishing the first round at the Masters golf tournament Yesterday. The return of the legendary golfer is cause for another flutter from British punters

‘There is no doubt it will be a tough ask to win the race again, but as far as punters are concerned, nothing is too tough for Blackmore.’

Ms McGeady added that this Saturday will be the ‘busiest day of the year’ as the major events collide.

She said: ‘With betting shops back open for the race this year, we are going to be extremely busy. Add into the mix the Clash between Manchester City v Liverpool plus the Masters at Augusta, and this weekend has all the ingredients to attract record turnover. ‘

It comes as a Ladbrokes owner Entain said Gamblers are returning to in-person betting and revenue is 31 per cent higher than this time a year ago, for the three months to March 31.

Online revenue at Entain, which also owns Coral, has fallen 8 per cent from last year, but revenue in its 2,500 shops has jumped back to within 5 to 10 per cent of pre-Covid levels.

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