2017 Grand National

With the 2017 Grand National not far away, leading online sports books are offering punters a number of specials on the big race:

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PaddypowerPaddy Power is offering a Non Runner Money Back special, so if the horse you’ve backed ante-post is a late scratching, you get your stake back in the form of a bonus bet. They are also paying out 5 places rather than the usual three, and for new customers who sign up before the day of the race, you can enjoy Grand National free bets worth £10 when you bet £10. Read Review | Play Now!

Bet365Bet365 is one of the biggest international names in sports betting, and for the Grand National are offering Best Odds Guaranteed. They also give punters enhanced place terms on the race, paying out 5 places rather than just 3, and you get ¼ odds each way on the first five. Read Review | Play Now!

BetVictorIf you’re a new punter keen for a bet on the 2017 Grand National, at BetVictor you can get £25 in free bets if you sign up for a new account in time for the big day at Aintree. BetVictor is also paying 6 places on the Grand National, more than most other comparable sites. Read Review | Play Now!

Skybet casinoFor the 2017 Grand National, Sky Bet has a No Runner No Bet special, so if your ante-post pick gets scratched late, you get your stake bet. They are also offering Best Odds Guaranteed, as well as a range of more exotic markets, such as enhanced odds on the winner if the favourite doesn’t finish in the first 5, and markets on how many horses complete the course and the winning margin. Read Review | Play Now!

Ladbrokes casinoThere’s a wide range of special markets on offer from Ladbrokes for the Grand National. These include offering odds on the winner being trained by a female trainer or ridden by a female jockey, Paul Nicholls or Willie Mullins to train the winner or for it to be owned by JP McManus. You can also get Grand National 2017 odds on whether the winner will be an Irish horse as well. Read Review | Play Now!

Betway sportsBetway is one the biggest brands when it comes to horse racing and sports betting, and for the 2017 Grand National they are offering enhanced place terms on the big race, paying out ¼ odds on the first 5 places, rather than the 3 you would normally get. Read Review | Play Now!

WinnerIf you’re looking for Grand National free bets, it’s hard to go past Winner Sports who are offering new customers who sign up by Friday prior to the race up to £200 in bonus bets. You also get one of the best enhanced place terms offers, with Winner Sports paying out up to 6th place for each way bets. Read Review | Play Now!

Win the Grand National with Free Bets

Picking a winner is a great feeling — but imagine if you were doing it courtesy of Grand National free bets! Bet365, Winner Sports, Bet Victor and Paddy Power are all offering free bonus bets to punters who sign up for a new account and place a bet before the 2017 Grand National, so take advantage of these great offers and have a punt with the bookies’ money!

Grand National Betting Tips

Although making Grand National betting tips can be a precarious business, with the demanding nature of the race and the course making it hard to take a punt with any confidence, there has been a lot of research done over the years as to what it takes to be a Grand National winner, and there are some characteristics in terms of age, form and experience that you should look out for when you’re scouring the form.

  1. Look at the individual horse’s form rather than the jockey and trainer. There have been some riders who have won first up for instance, while other hugely experienced jockeys have had limited, if any success at Aintree. And although it’s always a good idea to pay attention to yards with a proven track record with regard to staying chasers, not all great National Hunt trainers have had great success in the Grand National.
  2. Take a close look, too, at horses who have run over hurdles this year, as part of their specific preparation for the Grand National. Some trainers who think they have a staying chaser capable of winning the National might opt to run them in hurdle races to protect their chasing handicap.
  3. When you’re selecting your Grand National betting tips, age is crucial. The race is demanding and requires enormous stamina that is very often beyond younger horses. Also, experience is important too — a horse needs to know how to manage itself around Aintree, and this only comes with having competed over fences for some time. Ideally, look for horses in the 9-12 age bracket — no horse younger than 8 has won the Grand National since 1940.

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Grand National Betting Odds

The nature of the race means that the odds are considerably longer on a Grand National favourite than in most other feature races. The current bookies’ pick is Vieux Lion Rouge, with most offering 10-1. Next are Blaklion and Definitly Red at 14-1 with most sports books. The best value ante-post bet is Foxrock at around 20-1, although some bookies have him as high as 25-1 or as low as 16-1. For those who like to take a punt on the real outsiders, you can get up to 150-1 on any number of starters, including Waldorf Salad, Samingarry, Katenko and Gone Too Far.

Grand National Most Memorable Winners

Although the Grand National at Aintree is one of the most famous races in the world, it is in fact seldom won by great horses and is only classed as a Grade 3 Chase. There are of course exceptions to this, and it’s not to say that the race hasn’t produced more than its fair share of memorable moments, but part of the race’s appeal and history is that it creates champions and legends out of nowhere.

It’s impossible to list all of Aintree’s great moments, but three will immediately leap to the minds of racegoers. Red Rum’s third win in the race in 1977, three years after he last won in 1974 is legendary. So too is Bob Champion’s win aboard Aldaniti in 1981, after the jockey battled back against cancer to claim victory. The most infamous of all Grand Nationals was probably 1993 — because it didn’t happen! After a series of disastrous false starts, the race was abandoned, which led to a reassessment of how the famous race begins.

Grand National Schedule

The 2017 Grand National will be held on Saturday 8 April at 5.15pm GMT at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. There will be a field of 40 runners who will jump 30 fences over a distance of 4 miles 3 ½ furlongs. It is the richest jumps race anywhere outside of Japan, with a total purse worth £1,000,000.


The Grand National is such a popular global event because of the outstanding skill and stamina of he equine athletes on show, and winners have a place in the public affection for ever. However, as a betting horse race, it is perhaps one of the most unpredictable days on the National Hunt calendar, as demonstrated by the fact that the favourite according to the Grand National 2017 odds is so long when compared to other marquee races.