Grand National Betting

Having been first run way back in 1839, the Grand National is one of the oldest established sporting events in the world. This outstanding horse race is held at the Aintree course in Liverpool in April each year and is one of the most highly-anticipated events on the calendar.

Who can forget Red Rum’s historic treble in the 1970’s or 1993’s race that never was? There’s always a story with the National.

Who can forget Red Rum’s historic treble in the 1970’s or 1993’s race that never was? There’s always a story with the National.


It’s true that there have been some high-priced winners over the years so if you’re looking to bet on the Grand National, should you even be concerned about a strategy? In 2009, the unfancied Mon Mome came home at an outstanding 100/1 and as recently as 2013, Ryan Mania’s mount Auroras Encore delivered a profit for some lucky punters at 66/1 so isn’t all just a lottery?

Some may subscribe to that theory but over the years there have been some discernible trends that could help you to pick a winner. For example, the top weights don’t tend to perform too well here and since 1977 there has been only one winner – Neptune Collonges – who has carried more than 11st 5lbs. In fact only three horses have won this race since 1983 while burdened with more than 11st.

Other pointers

It may seem like a race of chance but like every sporting event, form plays its part when you’re looking at the Grand National betting. Since 1970, every winner of the National has taken out at least one race over three miles over the course of its career.

There are other useful snippets of information too: Around 50% of the winners in recent times have jumped over the Aintree fences before while some 60% usually feature in the first eight in the betting. Previous races can also be a good indicator and form in the Irish National can also prove to be important.

However, many may base their Grand National betting strategy on other factors such as the name of the jockey, their riding colours or even the colour of the horse itself. How many backed Desert Orchid in the past because of its distinctive grey?

It’s not quite so scientific but with a number of surprise wins in the history of this race, it may prove to be no less successful.

Your options

You can either bet on the winner of the Grand National or you could choose to stake Each Way, which will pay out even if your horse fails to win but still finishes in the top four. With an Each Way bet there are two parts, the win and the place so your stake money doubles to cover both bets.

If your selection goes on to win then both parts of the bet convert and will pay out. However, you can still finish in that top four and the Place element will pay a portion of the horse’s odds.

With such a big field and the potential for rank outsiders to come through and perform well at Aintree, an Each Way bet is the logical choice for many. Overall, the Grand National is the most popular sporting event of all when it comes to betting and it’s great to get involved and be a part of it.

Picking a winner is tough but you can always guarantee drama and some top quality jumping over this famous Aintree course.

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