The secrets to picking a winner in the Grand National

The Grand National takes place on Saturday, with over 15 million Brits expected to have a flutter on the race.

But, with the contest famously difficult to predict, what are the secrets when it comes to picking a winner?

Of course, you have a horse’s age, weight and recent form, not to mention the jockey on board and the trainer’s stable that it comes from.

But then there are also some of the quirkier aspects that people tend to bear in mind when making their decision – such as a horse’s name, its number or the colour of its jockey’s silks. 

To help give you the best possible chance this weekend, club sponsors Betway have delved into the history books to see if they can find any patterns among the 71 winners of the National since the end of the Second World War.

This is what they found out…