Bookies delighted with outsider's Aintree win

The 33-1 success of Silver Birch in the John Smith's Grand National had the major bookmakers declaring the biggest betting day of the year a "bookies' benefit".

The 33-1 success of Silver Birch in the John Smith's Grand National had the major bookmakers declaring the biggest betting day of the year a "bookies' benefit".

A major last-minute gamble on Monkerhostin forced his odds into 8-1 from the 25-1 available in the morning, but that went astray when he refused at the seventh.

Along with Joes Edge, Point Barrow and Hedgehunter, none of the well-backed horses reached the frame.

Coral's Simon Clare said: "The 2007 National can only be described as a major 'bookies' benefit'."

William Hill's Ben Clarke added: "The Irish stranglehold on the Grand National continues and this horse will have dented the coffers of our shops in Ireland.

"However, in what was the most open National in a decade and with none of the fancied horses making the frame, it's like Christmas come early."

Paddy Power said: "Silver Birch seemed to slip under the radar for most Irish Punters, who were more keen on Point Barrow and Hedgehunter.

"It's been a very lucky get off for us as either of those boys winning or the furiously gambled Monkerhostin would have cost us dearly."

Damian Walker of totesport said: "There may have been record temperatures on Grand National Day, but it was the punters who were left out in the cold by this result.

"Over £250m (€366) was gambled on the National and a fair portion of that will stay with the bookmakers."

Ladbrokes' David Williams said: "Silver Birch was a decent result. With turnover up significantly up on last year and the placed horses going in our favour we are not complaining."

Silver Birch was handed a quote of 25-1 for next year's race by Ladbrokes.

The crowd figure of 68,100 was down on last year's figure of 69,680.

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