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The Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world and the biggest in the year for betting turnover in the UK. The race attracts by far the biggest TV audience for horse racing and generates huge interest in the press and media. The National is known as the People’s Race as it attracts once a year punters to betting offices.

Sweeps in offices are like a draw in which horses are allocated for a small entry fee and prizes are given based on where the horses finish in the race.

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The Grand National has consistently been the top UK race by betting turnover for years. The Cheltenham Festival is perhaps a bigger meeting but the National is by far the most popular for betting. In 2018 around £250 million was staked on horses in the race.

The Grand National is considered to be one of the crown jewels of British sport and as such is shown on a channel that is not subscription based. Viewing figures for major races have dipped but the Grand National is the only race that has maintained its share of the audience since moving from the BBC – first to Channel 4 and now ITV.

Bad publicity with regards to animal welfare blighted the race in the past but the race has recovered and regained its credibility. The most watched and bet on horse race will again attract record betting and viewing participation next April despite moving channels from the national broadcaster. National newspapers – as ever – will include Grand National betting offers, tips and a betting guide.

Please note: All 2019 Grand National and betting odds are correct as of December 17th 2018 and are subject to fluctuation. All statistics are based on Grand Nationals from 2003 to 2018.

Grand National Betting Offers and Odds

The ante post market for the Grand National first appears immediately after the previous running. Bookmakers update their odds after each key trial and the publication of the weights. The Grand National is a handicap which means each horse is allocated a weight based on previous form. In theory the handicap gives each horse an equal chance but horses do not always run consistently to their mark. With competitive odds the race attracts a great deal of online Grand National betting offers and Grand National tips.

Grand National Odds: Saturday 8th April 2019

Here is a list of Grand National Odds for 2019 favourites:

Tiger Roll20/1
Pleasant Company25/1
General Principal25/1
One For Arthur33/1
Mall Dini33/1

Odds from bet365 at time of publication and all subject to change.

Grand National Ante Post Betting

The Grand National is one of the most popular races in the world for ante post betting. However, right up to the week of the race ante post betting rules apply which means bets on any horse withdrawn are losers and customers will not receive a refund.

The positive side of ante post betting is that the odds are generally better than day of the race odds. Twelve months in the training of race horses is a long time and so many things can go wrong.

Most bookmakers offer a quarter the odds for the first four places, which is not the best value. Over 100 horses were entered in 2018 with just 38 eventually running due to two late withdrawals on the day of the race. Bookmakers could probably offer each way odds on the first six and still do well from ante post betting on the race.

Some bookmakers do pay out on the first five in their ante post market in online Grand National betting offers.

The upside of ante post betting is that the favourite can be backed at 20/1. On the day of the race the favourite is usually single figure odds – so customers can take the bigger price but risk not getting a run. Nearer the day some bookies will offer non runner/no bet but the odds will be adjusted downwards to compensate for this concession.

Betting margins are significantly higher than for a regular race. The result of the race can influence Scottish Grand National betting offers and odds.

Grand National Schedule

The Grand National 2019 is the culmination of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree from April 4th to 6th. The meeting will never match the Cheltenham Festival for prestige and importance but it is still the second most lucrative of the season. There are 14 Grade 1 races over four days at Cheltenham and 11 at Aintree during the three-day meeting. Aintree also stages the biggest race of them all.

This year there are only three weeks between both meetings, which will make it difficult for a horse to run at both. There is a theory that Cheltenham form should not be trusted at Aintree and some horses are kept back for the later meeting. Only one horse has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season and that was Golden Miller in 1934.

The three days of the Grand National meeting have a unique flavour but the one common theme is top class racing. The first day is the best day for local race fans because the racing is excellent and the crowds are not excessive.

The Friday of the meeting is called Ladies Day and traditionally attracts a young crowd who are more interested in the party than the racing.

Grand National Day is one of the best single days of sport in the UK. Huge crowds are attracted to Aintree to watch the most famous horse race in the world.

Aintree Racecourse

Grand National 2016. 3The Grand National is run over four miles – three and a half furlongs and 30 fences are jumped over two circuits. The race is the longest in the UK calendar and takes about nine minutes to run.

It is rare for a British race in that several fences have names such as Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s and the Chair. The Water Jump is in front of the stands and is only jumped on the first circuit.

The run-in is the longest in Britain and features the elbow where horses turn into the straight after jumping the last fence. The race is often decided on the flat over the final furlong. In 1956 Devon Loch, owned by the Queen Mother, slipped up after looking a certain winner.

In 1973 Red Run overhauled Crisp 50 yards from the finish after that horse led from the start and for almost the whole four miles plus of the race. The maximum field is 40 runners.

The first National took place in 1839 and has been run in every year since other than for five years during the Second World War. The 1993 race was declared void due to problems at the start and the 1997 National took place on a Monday, as there was a bomb scare at Aintree the previous Saturday.

Aintree is a village about five miles from the city of Liverpool.

Here are some winners trends for the last 15 years:

  • 14/15 had won over at least 3m previously
  • 13/15 won by a horse aged 9 or older
  • 13/5 ran less than 50 days previously
  • 8/15 winners from the top eight in the betting
  • 8/15 finished in the top three last time out
  • 6/15 carried 11-0 or more in weight
  • 5/15 won by a horse aged 10 years-old
  • 5/15 won by an Irish-trained horse
  • 3/15 won their last race

The 2018 Grand National Recap


 1stTiger Roll10/1Davy Russell
2ndPleasant Company25/1David Mullins
3rdBless the Wings40/1Jack Kennedy
4thAnibale Fly10/1Barry Geraghty
5thMilansbar25/1Bryony Frost

Tiger Roll is trained at Gordon Elliott’s County Meath stables and owned by the Gigginstown House stud. He had previously won three Cheltenham Festival races – the first being the 2014 Triumph Hurdle where he was ridden by Davy Russell, the jockey who would be victorious in the 2018 Grand National.

The eight year-old only took the lead with two to go and won by a head in a photo finish from Pleasant Company. Just twelve runners completed the famous old course but Tiger Roll proved to be a worthy winner.

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Leading Contenders

With reference to ante post betting on December 17th 2018 here is a betting guide to the leading contenders:

Tiger Roll

The 2018 Grand National winner will be looking to become the first horse to win back-to-back title since the famous Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. He would also become Gordon Elliott’s third successive winner.


Although Bellshill has run at the festival before he has never competed in the Grand National itself. This Willie Mullins-trained horse favours soft underfoot conditions and came fifth in the 2017 Irish Grand National – so it could be said that he is used to this kind of race.

Pleasant Company

Beaten by a head last year, Pleasant Company also came ninth in 2017 so is well used to this gruelling race. He will be eleven in 2019 so will be looking to emulate Neptune Collonges, Auroras Encore and Pineau De Re, who all won the Grand national at that age.

General Principle

Another runner trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by the Gigginstown House Stud, General Principal will be heavily fancied thanks to his 2017 Irish Grand National victory. He is another who will prefer the ground to be soft.


This nine-year-old is yet to run in the Grand National but has won on the Aintree course in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle in 2016. He also came a very close second in 2018’s Scottish Grand National.

One for Arthur

Injured last year this 10 year-old may well be back in 2019 and looking to follow up his 2017 Grand National victory. He can expect a heavier burden being a previous winner.

Overall Trainer and Jockey Records

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Three trainers have won the race four times. George Dockeray achieved that feat between 1839 and 1852 and Fred Rimell had four Nationals winners in a period spanning from 1956 to 1976.

Ginger McCain is the other trainer to win four times.

He trained Red Rum, the only triple winner (1973, 1974 and 1977) and also looked after Amberleigh House who won the National in 2004.

George Stevens is the leading jockey with five wins from 1856 to 1870.

In the modern era since 2000 Ruby Walsh (Papillon 2000 and Hedgehunter 2005) and Leighton Aspell (Pineau Du Re 2014 and Many Clouds 2015) are the only multiple winning jockeys.

Other Major Races at the Meeting

The Grand National is the sixth of seven races on the final day of the three day meeting. Aintree has a separate course for conventional chases. The Betfair Bowl and Melling Chase provide pointers for future conditions chases. There are two flat races for National Hunt bred horses and handicaps that can be as competitive as equivalent races at the Cheltenham Festival.

Types of Grand National Betting Offers

At the time of writing there were no betting offers specific to the Grand National. In the week leading up to the race there should be a whole raft of markets that are unique to the Grand National. In the past, odds in the following markets have been available throughout the UK betting industry:

  • Race winner
  • Each way one quarter the odds for the first six places
  • Top 4 finish
  • Age of winner
  • Trainer of winner
  • Number of finishers
  • To complete the course
  • To complete the course accumulators from groups
  • Lady jockey to win the race
  • Lady jockey to be placed
  • Winner to carry under 11 stone
  • Winner to carry 11 stone or more
  • All horses to clear the first fence
  • Irish trained winner
  • Female to train the winner

Grand National betting offers will feature these markets. Odds comparison sites will also publish Scottish Grand National betting offers.

New customers who open an account to bet on the Grand National betting offers market will be able to take advantage of the following welcome bonuses and offers.

Closing Comments

The Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world and one of the biggest betting events of the calendar year. It is the longest race in Britain and 30 obstacles are jumped, 16 on the first circuit and 14 on the second circuit.

The fences are unique in that they are made of spruce and look totally different to the fences jumped in conventional chases. Several have their own names based on a character or story from the history of the race.

The winner of the first National was called Lottery – which is appropriate, as the winner of the National must have plenty of luck in running. There is usually a maximum field of 40 runners.
The Grand National is one of the most popular sporting events in Britain. Two-thirds of the adult population are likely to place a bet.

A crowd of more than 70,000 people will watch the race live at Aintree and there will be an estimated global TV audience of 600 million. There have been concerns about safety and horse welfare. These issues have been addressed with modifications to the course that has reduced the number of fallers.

Bookmakers expect a total industry stake of over £250 million and call it their Christmas Day. The Grand National betting offers market is key to their annual profits.