Talking Horses: plan to push back Grand National could be a non-starter

By: Greg Wood Wednesday 24 February 20

Without wishing to be too Grinch-y, here are a few reasons why 17 April may not be workable for the Aintree showpiece

There was a rare show of unity between trainers and bookmakers on Tuesday as leading names including Nigel Twiston-Davies and Evan Williams lent their support to an idea floated by the betting industry that this year’s Grand National should be put back a week to 17 April, five days after betting shops are due to re-open in England.

And it is not, on the face of it, a bad idea at all. Online betting is all very well, but when it comes to the National, walking out of a shop clutching a slip which could turn into hard cash later in the day is very much part of the fun. The boost in revenue for an industry that has been behind closed doors since last March could be immense. As Twiston-Davies put it in the Racing Post: “It can’t do any harm at all, can it?”

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