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The Grand National is a Grade 3 handicap chase run at Aintree racecourse over 4 miles, three and a half furlongs. It is the most valuable jumps race in Europe and arguably the most famous race in the world. The two circuits include 30 fences and the race has such history that some of them have names, such as Becher’s Brook, Valentines, the Canal Turn and the Chair.

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Introduction

The global viewing figures have been estimated at between 500 and 600 million people which makes it easily the most watched horse race in the world. The race has been called “the ultimate test of horse and rider” and the people’s race. Its uniqueness attracts millions of once a year punters who would not dream of betting on any other races.  It is also by some distance the most watched event in UK racing and viewing figures could increase when ITV cover the race this year. There are many people who will only place one bet a year, and this is the race they do it on. This tradition is dying away a little and confined mainly to the older genration, but there are fans of the race out there who will only place one bet per year. 

For regular horse racing punters, the spectacle of this race and the challenge of backing a winner appeals to them. We would all of course prefer a simpler race to look at with fewer runners and variables to work out, but the challenge of backing the Grand National winner is one that keeps punters coming back year after year. Whether it is one bet to win, an each way fancy or multiple selections, people have their own way of betting in the National, usually one that differs from their normal betting style. 

Those who are not familiar with horse racing and still want to place a bet have many different angles they can use to pick a selection in the race. The number of a horse, the colours it carries, its colour, a female jockey or trainer and something as simple as the horses name are all methods that people use up and down the country as they search for the Grand National winner. You need a huge slice of luck as well as class and a top performance on the day to win this race, it isn't simply all about form, so regardless of how you pick your runner, you can take heart in the fact that you have the same chance as everyone else of winning. 

As the most high profile race of the year the Grand National attracts attention from animal rights organisations. Some well documented fatalities have led to safety modifications which have taken away some of the risks to the horses without losing the intrinsic nature of the race. Statistically, accidents are more common in the National than in conventional chases but there seems to be a good balance between setting a demanding challenge and eliminating the potential of injuries to the horses.

Some racing enthusiasts have disagreed with the changes that have been made, and it is fair to say that the race is no longer the test it once was, however, it is still full of top quality horses and both the fences that need jumping and the trip make this a slog and a half. We no longer have the issues with horses getting injured and pulled up along the way, this is now a 'cleaner' race, but still one that grabs the headlines. With the slightly easier nature of the race, we are more likely to see horses dominate things for two or maybe even three years, as well as winning the race by carrying a big weight. These are now easier than ever to achieve, so things like stats on the weight carried and horses who win the race multiple times can in some respects go out of the window. A National today is a far cry from those in the past. 

Grand National Betting Offers

Being the biggest horse race in the world and a huge betting heat, bookmakers are out there and actively trying to get business. The competition is tough, there are many bookmakers to choose from and the best way of getting business is to stand out from the crowd. Bookmakers do this by giving their punters special offers around big events, and there are fewer bigger events than the Grand National. This means the race is a great time to take advantage of something special, whether this is a new account offer, enhanced each way betting or some kind of money back consolation, all of which you should find on the eve of the race. 

Grand National New Account Offers

Offers for opening a new account are available all year round for punters who are looking for either their very first bookmaker or to switch to a new company. However, from time to time you will notice that these offers increase in value and this is usually before a big event like the Grand National taking place. In the week building up to the National, bookmakers will be thinking of big offers they can use to get new customers betting with them. The competitive market for new business means that these offers are sometimes very lucrative for punters. It could be a range of free bets, consolation offers, money back, enhanced odds or a combination of all of these, and the build up to a race like this is often a great time to sign up to a new account. 

Enhanced Each Way Betting Offers

With 40 runners going to post, each way betting is hugely popular with punters. Officially, being a handicap with 16 runners or more, the each way terms on this race are paid at 1/4 odds, for the first four places. This is the standard and what you should get as a bare minimum from your bookmaker. We say minimum because this is an area where many bookmakers push the boundaries and put some fantastic offers together. The each way terms with many bookmakers may drop to pay 1/5 odds, but what they will do for this race is enhance the number of places they pay. For example, instead of 1/4 odds first four, they will offer 1/5 odds on the first five or six places, giving you more chances to win. Some bookmakers may even offer greater terms, and you will need to look out for these on the day of the race to see where you will find the best value. 

The key to each way betting is finding the best terms on offer. For example, back with a bookmaker paying first five and your horse finishes sixth then you have a loser. However, find a bookmaker paying six places and your bet will be a winner. It may only be a place, but getting the best each way value on your bets could be the difference between backing a winner and a loser. Even if it is only a small return, we all love a winning bet on the Grand National, so it makes sense to give yourself the best possible chance of getting one. 

Money Back / Consolation Offers

There are a couple of different types of offer under this umbrella to look out for. Those attached to a new account could offer you money back on your first Grand National bet with your new account, effectively giving you a risk-free bet on the race to try your luck. The other type of money back offer could be something that all punters new and old can take advantage of. For example, in the past we have seen money back if your horses finishes second in the race, so if you have a near miss then all is not lost as you get your money back from your bet. These are not as common as the other types of betting offers to look out for, but certainly ones you can find and take advantage of if you like using consolation offers. 

2019 Grand National

The 2019 Grand National took place at Aintree on Saturday April 6 and resulted in a second successive win for Tiger Roll becoming only the second horse to do so. This horse was impressive in 2018 when taking home the title, and arguably more impressive in 2019, despite having more weight to carry. Since winning the race back in 2018, this has really become the people's horse, and if as expected, he returns in 2020 to try and win the race for a third time, he will have an army of punters backing and supporting him all the way. In 2019, trainer Gordon Elliott took Tiger Roll on a very familiar route to the Grand National, with a stop off at Cheltenham in March to get him 100% ready for the big one. He went and won the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, just like he did in 2018 before taking home his first Grand National title. 

Result

  1. Tiger Roll - 9/2 fav - trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell
  2. Magic of Light - 66/1 - trained by Mrs John and ridden by Paddy Kennedy
  3. Rathvinden - 8/1 - trained by Willie Mullins with Ruby Walsh in the saddle.
  4. Walk in the Mill - 25/1 - trained by Robert Watford and ridden by James Best

Grand National History

If the Grand National is the world’s most famous race than arguably Red Rum is the most famous horse. He is the only three times winner of the National and was trained on the beach at Southport which is just up the coast from Liverpool. The horse suffered career threatening injuries but the sea water cured them so that ‘Rummy’ was able to win three Nationals and finish second in two others.

George Stevens is the leading jockey with five winners but they were between 1856 and 1870. Three trainers have won four Nationals including Ginger McCain who trained Red Rum and Amberleigh House who won the race in 2004, 27 years after Red Rum’s last win. His owner, Noel Le Mare, is one of three owners to have had three wins in the race.  One of the others is Trevor Hemmings who could become the first four time winner if Many Clouds wins the race again.

Many punters use trends to eliminate some of the runners in what is usually a full field of 40 horses.  Eight of the last ten winners were aged between 9 and 12, had a handicap rating of over 135, carried 11 stone 6 pounds or less, had previously won over three miles, had run in 10 chases or more and won one worth at least £13,000.  A strange fact is that five of the last ten winners ran over hurdles in the season they won the Grand National, the most gruelling chase of the year.

Since 1977 only Neptune Collognes (2012) and Many Clouds (2015) have carried more than 11st 5lbs. Every winner since 1970 had won over three miles and a horse under the age of eight has not won the race in 75 years. Seven of the last 18 winners had previous experience of the Grand National fences and 24 of the last 28 winners were ridden prominently from the start of the second circuit. Sixteen of the last 27 winners were in the first eight in the betting and since 2000 only one outright favourite have obliged but two joint favourites have won the race.  

The Last Twenty Winners of the Grand National

  • 2019 - Tiger Roll (9/2F) Gordon Ellliott,Davy Russell
  • 2018 - Tiger Roll (10/1) Gordon Ellliott,Davy Russell
  • 2017 – One for Arthur (14/1) Lucinda Russell, Derek Fox.  
  • 2016 – Rule The World (33/1) Mouse Morris, David Mullins
  • 2015 – Many Clouds (25/1) Oliver Sherwood, Leighton Aspell
  • 2014 – Pineau De Re (25/1) Richard Newland, Leighton Aspell
  • 2013 – Auroras Encore (66/1) Sue Smith, Ryan Mania
  • 2012 – Neptune Collonges (33/1) Paul Nicholls, Daryl Jacob
  • 2011 – Ballabriggs (14/1) Donald McCain, Jr, Jason Maguire
  • 2010 – Don’t Push It (10/1JF) Jonjo O’Neill, Tony McCoy
  • 2009 – Mon Mome (100/1) Venetia Williams, Liam Treadwell
  • 2008 – Comply or Die (7/1JF) David Pipe, Timmy Murphy
  • 2007 – Silver Birch (33/1) Gordon Eliott, Robbie Power
  • 2006 – Nubersixvalverde (11/1) Martin Brassil, Niall Madden
  • 2005 – Hedgehunter (7/1F) Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh
  • 2004 – Amberleigh House (16/1) Ginger McCain, Richard Lee
  • 2003 – Monty’s Pass (16/1) Jimmy Mangan, Barry Geraghty
  • 2002 – Bindaree (20/1) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jim Culloty
  • 2001 – Red Marauder (33/1) Norman Mason, Richard Guest
  • 2000 – Papillon (10/1) Ted Walsh, Ruby Walsh
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