ONLINE BOOKIES LOVE THE ANNUAL AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL BETTING BASH. The big race attracts more bets than any other sporting event on the calendar and creates massive Grand National betting turnover. It should therefore come as no surprise that the major online sportsbooks fight over themselves to attract your business in a battle akin to a high-street price war.
For some of the best prices and sweet concessions BoyleSports are a great place to place your Grand National bets. This year, for each-way players, they are paying seven places in the big race. Furthermore they are giving new account holders a free £/€10 bet.
Grand National Bet Types
When considering your Grand National fancies you may also need to familiarize yourself with some of the common betting terms such as ‘each way’.
- Each Way: An each-way bet is unquestionably the most popular of all Grand National betting offers as means your selection will earn you winnings if it finishes in-the-frame (first, second, third, or fourth) with half your bet stake going on the ‘place’ part of the bet (at a fraction of the win odds) and half going directly on the win part of the bet. BoyleSports are currently offering the best each-way terms – a bet with them will see you paid if your selection finished in the top 7!
- Non-Runner No-Bet (NRNB): Refers to a bet placed before the final field (or declarations) is known but you will receive your bet stakes refunded if your selection does not race. Grand National no runner no bets normally appear in mid-March.
- Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG): A great concession offered by Betway and other major firms, BOG means you will receive your Grand National winnings at the price you struck your bet or even better odds, its SP (starting price), if that is a bigger price than the Grand National betting odds you initially accepted.
- Extra Place Special Offers: Definitely an offer to look out for as this will see your selection paid out as an each-way winner if finishing fifth, sixth or even seventh (which is the current offer with BoyleSports).
- Faller Offers: Another great concession which is sure to be used as a promotion by online bookmakers, ‘faller offers’ return stakes, normally as free bets, if you horse falls at the first fence. It can also apply to other fences, particularly the final fence and could see your stakes returned in full in cash instead of a free Grand National bet.
- Enhanced Odds: Pretty much meaning what is says, some firms will enhance the price of your Grand National betting selection.
Grand National Betting Odds
Grand Nationals Runners
If you are a coincidence punter the last for winners to have featured people’s names are: Ben Nevis (1980), Bobbyjo (1999), One For Arthur (2017) and Tiger Roll (2018 and 2019) as in ‘Tiger Woods’. Horses beginning with the letter R have the best record in the race and the Grand National has been won five times by horses with ‘Red’ in its name. And if you love a grey horse do consider only three greys have ever won the Grand National.
How to Make your Grand National Selections
The record books, not the form books, are one of the best ways to identify who will win the 2019 Grand National.
- Age: Nine is the best age for Grand National winners. A quarter of all winners have been nine years old. Selecting a horse between 9 and 11 is definitely the only way to go. The last winner aged seven or under was in 1940 and there has only been one 12-year-old winner since 1995.
- Weight: Very few horses have managed to win the Grand National carrying big weights. Since Red Rum in 1977 only four horses have won carrying 11st 5lb or more.
- Recent Run and Stamina: A recent run is crucial. Only one Grand National winner since 1981 had its prep-run more than 50 days prior to lining up for the big race. Similarly all but one of the last 48 Grand National winners had winning form at three-miles or more.
Recent Grand National Winners
- 2019 Tiger Roll
- 2018 Tiger Roll
- 2017 One For Arthur
- 2016 Rule The World
- 2015 Many Clouds
- 2014 Pineau De Re
- 2013 Auroras Encore
- 2012 Neptune Collonges
- 2011 Ballabriggs
- 2010 Don’t Push It
- 2009 Mon Mome
- 2008 Comply or Die
- 2007 Silver Birch
- 2006 Numbersixvalverde
- 2005 Hedgehunter
Most Successful Grand National Jockeys
In 2012 Katie Walsh became the most successful woman jockey to ride in the Grand National when finishing third on Seabass. Of the jockeys riding on Saturday Tom Scudamore has the distinction of being the most unsuccessful rider never finishing in the first six in 18 attempts. He’s on BoyleSports big-race favourite, Cloth Cap, on Saturday.