Grand National 2018
This year the horses will take post at 5.15 PM GMT on Saturday the 14th April 2018.
There will be a total of 40 horses lining up for the charge to the first fence but the final field will only be announced on Thursday morning.
This year the race will be shown on ITV and will be hosted by Ed Chamberlain.
The Grand National is a massive event for the betting industry. Many betting sites see it as an opportunity and dedicate a wide range of exciting promotions and activities to the race. This can become a little overwhelming, so we have selected five of the betting sites that we see as the offering the best service for the Grand National.
Best betting sites Grand National
5 x £20 Free Bets
When it comes to the Grand National, Betfair is one of our favourites. Over the past year Betfair have focused on providing a great selection of bets as well as a great customer experience for punters looking to bet on the Grand National.
With so many horses racing at one time, the amount of information that you have to process can seem overwhelming, especially for people are not experienced with betting on horse racing. With Betfair's layout it's easy to manoeuvre through all the relevant information.
Betfair Sportsbook offers a Non-Runner No Bet. After a race becomes Non-Runner No Bet, any Ante-Post bets placed on the Win or Each-Way market will be refunded if your selection does not run.
Another promotion we really like is their #OddsOnThat where you can request your own specific bet on social media.
In terms of odds, Betfair are excellent. You will usually find that they have the best odds on a significant number of the horses racing.
£30 Free Bet
The greatest bookies for betting on the Grand National are the classic British ones. Betway is no exception.
Betway is less focused on the Grand National when compared to sites like Betfair. However, when the day arrives you'll get some of the best odds available in the market.
Betway have some great promotions and offers for horse racing. Most of these will be associated with the sport in general rather than specifically with the Grand National.
One of these is the 'Best Odds Guaranteed' offer that ensures the best possible price for your daily horse racing bets. The offer guarantees you that if you place a qualifying bet at the price available at the time and the price changes to a better price, then they will pay you the better price.
In conclusion, we would recommend Betway for the punters who are looking to bet on horse racing in general and not just for the Grand National.
£20 free bet
With Coral, there is never a dull moment during the Grand National. They offer special betting deals and a huge number of selections available for you to bet on. The specials include “owner of the winning horse” and much more. New customers get a bet £5 get £5 offer to start off with.
Coral also have a vast amount amount of expertise when it comes to horse racing and we highly recommend their 'in the know' section in which they have a dedicated page on the Grand National.
When it comes to odds, even if Coral don't always have the very best odds per horse out of all the other betting sites, they do have some of the best odds around. You are always guaranteed a fair and reliable service with Coral when it comes to horse racing.
No bonus offer at the moment
BetBright are a relatively new betting site. They were founded in 2013 and are now considered one of the rising stars in the sports betting world. They are based in Ireland and are focused on horse racing. They even offer a TV channel and a blog - as separate sections - that follow the horse racing and greyhound racing.
They also - and this is particularly impressive considering they are so new - offer some of the best odds in the market.
Their site is by no means glamorous but its range is excellent, and it doesn't come with an overload of visual noise, in the form of flashy promos or blogs (they are in different sections). It is a no-nonsense section for punters who know horse-racing and are looking for the best odds.
100% up to £100 in bet credits
One of the best betting sites out there, espcially when it comes to horse racing. Bet365 delivers all year round, not just for the Grand National.
When it comes to its products for betting on horse racing Bet365 can't really be beaten. You have their 'Best Price Promise' for all races shown on ITV racing. Like Betway they also offer 'Best Odds Guaranteed'. Their streaming service 'streaming on the go' has a brilliant selection of races from the UK and Ireland.
They have less focus on the Grand National as an individual event, which is why they rank slightly lower than Betfair and the others. They also offer less targeted promotional activity. However, their horse racing betting experience is unrivaled and their odds are still some of the best around.
Grand National Betting Tips
The most straightforward type of bet is to back a particular horse to win. This type of bet is also known as 'on the nose'.
- A place bet - means that your horse needs to finish either 1st or 2nd. There are no place bets available for a race with only 1-4 horses, and if there are 5-7 runners, your horse needs to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd. If it is a handicap race with 16 or more runners, your horse can finish within the first four.
- The Each-way bet - is by far the most popular bet when it comes to the Grand National. It is a combination of a win bet and a place bet - so £10 each-way means a £10 bet on a win and a £10 bet on a place bet. If your horse wins both bets pay out. If your horse is placed, the second part of the stake will pay out. This bet is particularly popular with this race as there are so many horses races which in turn drives up the odds.
- A show bet - is when your horse comes 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
- Exotic Wagers - refers to a type of bet that allows you to bet on multiple horses.
- An Exacta bet - is when you predict which exact horses will come in 1st and 2nd. So, for example, a £10 bet on horse two and horse four will mean that horse 2 will have to come first and horse four will have to come second for you to win.
- A Quinella bet - is another type of Exotic Wager and is similar to the Exacta bet, in that you are predicting the first two spots but only in any order. This means that you can name two horses that need to come in the top two spots, only unlike the Exacta bet you do not need to get the right order. So, for example, a £10 bet on horses 2 and four will pay out if both horses make the first two spots.
- A Trifecta bet - is one of the most difficult exotic wagers you can make. To win you need to predict the exact order of the first three spots in a race. So, for example, you place a wager on horse 3 to finish 1st, horse 5 to finish 2nd and horse 6 to finish 3rd. All these horses need to finish in that exact order for you to win.
- A Superfecta bet - is the most difficult; this is the same as the Trifecta bet but without the ‘Tri’. With this bet, you need to predict the exact order of the first four places in the race.
When betting on the Grand National you should consider
The statistics favour horses between eight and twelve years of age - no horse aged seven or younger has won since Bogskar won in 1940 and no horse aged thirteen or older has won since Sergeant Murphy won in 1923. In addition to this the ten most recent winners have been nine, ten and eleven years of age - experience is definitely an edge in the Grand National. And choose a jockey who hasn't won the Grand National in recent years, only Ruby Walsh has won the race more than once in the last 20 years.
About The Grand National
The Grand National is more than just a sporting event. It is a race of such cultural significance that it attracts a global audience of 500 to 600 million. Like the World Cup or Wimbledon finals, the Grand National is even popular amongst people who do not watch any of the sport's other events during the year.
The first Grand National took place in 1839 and was initially designed as a cross-country steeplechase with 30 fences over two laps. It soon grew to become one of the most popular formats in the horse racing world. It is now the most valuable jump race in Europe with a prize fund of £1 million.
The Aintree Racecourse hosts over 150,000 racegoers over the three days that it takes place and is aired on free-to-air terrestrial TV in the UK.
Grand National Racecourse
The Aintree Racecourse is situated six miles outside of Liverpool and has hosted The Grand National since 1839.
The course's fences are much larger than those found on conventional tracks. There are 30 fences over four and a half miles.
You may well have heard of some of them:
Legend has it that Valentine - the horse it is named after - jumped this fence in 1840 hind legs first. Height: 5 feet with a brook of 5 feet and 6 inches.
This fence is infamous for having a 10 inch lower landing side than the take off side. This fence is named after a jockey who after falling off his horse hid in the brook to avoid injury. Height: 5 feet.
This fence provides a sharp left turn for the jockey to manoeuvre after landing. Height 5 feet.
The course is the longest out of any National Hunt race in the UK with a distance of 4 miles and 514 yards.
History of the Grand National
Since 1839 Aintree outside Liverpool has been hosting the horse racing competition the Grand National. This is a steeplechase competition. To increase safety in recent years, measures have been taken to replace the robust wooden obstacles with flexible plastic ones. The starting line has also been moved further from the stands to make the horses calmer before the race starts. The Grand National is one of the most challenging competitions in the world of horse racing, on average only 60 percent of the 40 competitors reach the end. The track is measured at 4,5 miles - the longest horse racing track in Great Britain - and consists of 30 obstacles. Notorious obstacles include; Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s Brook, The Chair, Foinavon and Canal Turn.
Jim Mason was along with Lottery the first to win the Grand National. However, the most successful horse in the Grand National is Red Rum with winning titles in 1973, 1974 and 1977 along with Brian Fletcher (1973, 1974) and Tommay Sack (1977). To this day Red Rum is the only horse to have won the race three times in the Grand National. Since 2010; Don't Push It, Ballabriggs, Neptune, Auroras Encore, Pineau de Re, Many Clouds and Rule The World have won the prestigious race. To give all jockeys and horses the same conditions the lighter horses compete with weights, which Lottery had to do when the handicap-system was implemented in 1941 - it is widely speculated that Lottery would have more titles in the Grand National if it wasn't for this.