Apr 7, 2017

Bookies bet on record weekend of sport

The Grand National will attract about £225m in wagers across the betting industry, William Hill predicted. "The Grand National is the public's race and we will see millions of once-a-year punters coming in to betting shops or downloading the app," William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said. Last year the start time for the Grand National was moved by an hour to 17:15 BST. The decision proved to be a boost for turnover and William Hill expects that trend to continue. Last year the number of bets placed on the Grand National on William Hill's online and mobile channels peaked at about 10,000 a minute. Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director Merseyrail, said the operator had devised a timetable aimed at transporting as many passengers as normal on Grand National day.

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