It is well known that the most popular form of sports gambling in Ireland is gambling on horse racing, and the big UK race meetings are always followed with huge interest. This time of year of course features two of the biggest horse race gambling events on the jump racing calendar, and with the Cheltenham Festival now over and done with it is time to look forward to the Grand National at Aintree. The Grand National is generally regarded as the biggest horse race gambling event of the year, and may also even be the biggest sports gambling day of the year. It is a race which attracts attention all over the world and is the subject of sweepstakes in almost every pub and workplace in the country. Unfortunately, the last two Grand Nationals have also attracted a certain amount of bad publicity following the deaths of two horses in each of those races, but the Aintree course has now been modified again and twelve of the sixteen fences have been rebuilt in an attempt to make them safer. Every horse race gambling fan will hope that these changes have the desired effect and that the Grand National will continue to hold its high place in the horse racing calendar. This year’s race also sees a remarkable family story for horse race gambling fans to ponder. Not only does Ted Walsh have two of the leading contenders for this year’s National in Seabass and Colbert Station, currently second and fourth favourites respectively, he also has two of his children riding in the race. His son Ruby Walsh rides the current favourite On His Own, and his daughter Katie will ride Seabass. For those horse race gambling fans looking for a bit of expert guidance, we understand that Sir Peter O’Sullivan, the renowned commentator and lifelong horse race gambling enthusiast has decided to back Cappa Bleu, ridden by Irish jockey Paul Maloney and fourth in last year’s race. Whatever your selection let’s hope the race is run with no incidents and that all the horses get home safely.