I'm ashamed to admit that I've placed a few bets on the Grand National before. It was about 9 years ago, when I was working in radio and between reading the news; I would run upstairs and place a bet on different horses. At the time, I really didn't think there was anything wrong with it. After all, most of the country gets behind the annual race.
I am lucky enough to ride out the reigning champion, Many Clouds, each morning at his trainer Oliver Sherwood's yard in Lambourn. so I know first-hand the incredible care he (as well as every other horse in the yard) receives each day. For me, Many Clouds is my best mate and I care for him like you would expect a best friend to.