Chris Elmore MP visited his local Ladbrokes shop to place a £50 charity bet on the 2023 Grand National with all the winnings going to a charity of their choice.

The MP for Ogmore backed 33/1 hopeful Any Second Now. This horse has been the flag bearer in recent years for the Ted Walsh yard having won close to half a million pounds in prize money. The son of Oscar began his career with a win in a maiden hurdle at odds of 66/1 and then followed that up with a win in a Grade Two Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Unfortunately, Any Second Now was pulled up at the 18th fence and didn’t complete the race. However, BGC members will be making a donation to their nominated charity, ensuring charities don’t miss out.

The Grand National is the most popular horse race in the world and this year took place on Saturday 15th April. It is watched by an around 600 million people across 140 countries, and it is estimated over 13m adults in the UK were intending to place a bet on it.

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:

 “The Grand National is one of those great sporting moments when the whole nation comes together. I was delighted to visit my local betting shop to meet the staff and customers, Ladbrokes up on their generous offer of a charity bet and also discuss the incredibly important work they have been doing on safer gambling.

Any Second Now was doing so well until it ran out of steam and needed to be pulled up at the 18th fence. I know many in Ogmore will have been watching the National and its important that we encourage safer gambling.

There are lots of brilliant charities who are ready and waiting to support those who have a problem with gambling. GamCare is one of those charities. You can visit their website at: or call free on 0808 8020 133.”


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