Grand National Betting Offers & Free Bets for 2018
Since 1839, the Grand National has been the country’s most famous race and today tens of thousands of people descend on Aintree hoping to back a winner and revel in the glory.
But whether you’re in the stands or watching from the comfort of your own home, you won’t be far off some of the best Grand National free bets and offers on the market. If you stick with us at Freebets.com anyway…
Boasting a global TV audience in excess of 600 million people and generating enormous betting turnover for bookmakers with countless ‘once a year punters’ placing a bet, (many of them Grand National free bets and enhanced odds) this is a race like no other.
Grand National Betting Offers 2018
A maximum of 40 horses and jockeys will line up to contest the famous race over the gruelling 4m 2f race distance featuring famous fences including Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s Brook and The Chair. Joining them in attendance will be an estimated race-day crowd of 72,500 people all hoping they have picked a winner and beaten the bookies.
Best Grand National Betting Offers
Paddy Power and bet365 were the first online sportsbooks to offer ‘Non-Runner No Bet’ (NRNB) terms and, remarkably, they still offer some of the best prices out there and will no doubt do with the 2018 Grand National runners.
Betfred, Totesport and Stan James have now also introduced the NRNB concession, however, Paddy Power and bet365 really do stand out as the place to place your bets on any Grand National tips, as they are also offering ‘Best-Odds Guaranteed’.
If you are going to place an early each-way Grand National bet then when it comes to the time, shop around. Most online bookies will offer places on 1-2-3-4 but 1-2-3-4-5 will be available with some of the more generous UK bookies.
Grand National Non Runners No Bet Offers 2018
In an unprecedented move a number of major bookmakers have taken to offering ‘Non-Runner No Bet’ terms amongst their ante post Grand National betting odds.
Such an offer is commonplace amongst the Cheltenham Festival’s major races but it’s a new innovation for the Grand National.
The final list of the Grand National 2018 field next year will consist of a maximum of 40 Grand National runners and riders but there will be almost twice that number hoping to take their place as the race approaches.
There are a number of declaration stages in the run up, with the final field announced much, much closer to the race. It’s well worth keeping an eye on and you’re certainly better off making the most of a non-runner no bet offer if you’re backing before the final field is announced.
Grand National Enhanced Odds
Finding enhanced Grand National odds can be difficult. Most people like a bet on the Grand National and so enhanced odds offers can be hard to justify on such a busy day.
Nevertheless you can find your own enhanced odds by looking for distinct Grand National offers such as the odds on an Irish-trained winner or the age of the winner.
These Grand National bets, which group together a number of runners, often give punters an enhanced price greater than that which they would receive if backing all runners individually.
Backing an Irish horse is always a popular bet. Rule The World won the 2016 Grand National for the Emerald Isle, while One For Arthur collected the half a million prize money last year – and backing all of their runners as a collective bet may not be the worst Grand National bet you could come up with.
Grand National Odds for 2018
Naturally, the beginning of April is still a long way off, but as the 2018 Randox Health Grand National draws closer you’ll start to see a number of favourites emerge.
At Freebets.com we’ll give you the latest information and best odds and offers as soon as we get them so you don’t miss out on the chance to earn the biggest jackpot.
How to Get Grand National Free Bets
As the National Hunt season gets underway in the winter, you’ll be able to study the form ahead of early Spring.
As March draws in, it’s the perfect time to make the most of Grand National free bets.
Just like enhanced odds offers, the online bookies are fully aware of what a hectic day Grand National 2018 betting will be and they tend to suspend their traditional concessions, enhancements and, more importantly, New Customer Offers for those 24 hours.
Grand National Day will see a raft of new customers join countless sportsbooks and none of them are likely to benefit from the traditional free bets they can get during the rest of the year.
So, be prepared, meaning apply for bookmaking accounts early with the firms offering new customer free bet offers to receive a free bet you can use on the Grand National.
Be mindful that the Grand National free bet will usually not be credited to your new account until after your first bet has been placed and settled. So place that qualifying wager before April 14, 2018 and have a free go on the biggest race of them all!
2017 Grand National Results & Review
One For Arthur triumphed in the 170th Grand National at Aintree back in April, with a 14/1 starting price. After two false starts the race got underway and was a race with a number of twists and turns. All the favourites had their moments and it wasn’t until the second to last fence where the Lucinda Russell trained horse joined Blaklion, Cause of Causes, and Gas Line Boy in a race for first place.
The Irish thoroughbred stepped out though and gained an advantage, increasing in the final furlong by four and a half lengths and writing his name into Grand National history.
Recent Grand National History
Most recent Grand National winners have gone off at handsome odds. Only two of the last 19 winners have gone off at a single-figure price (Comply Or Die in 2008 and Hedgehunter in 2005 – both 7/1), so backing a winner isn’t as straight-forward as it looks.
The winner’s age does throw out mixed signals. 2015 victor, Many Clouds, was the first 8-year-old to win the race since Bindaree in 2002. Seven of the last 21 winners, including Rule The World of 2016, have been 9-year-olds. You can safely ignore 12-year-olds with only one (Amberleigh House in 2004) winning since 1995. And you have to go back to 1923 to find the last 13-year-old winner.
Grand National Winners / Jockey
2017 One For Arthur – Derek Fox
2016 Rule The World – David Mullins
2015 Many Clouds – Leighton Aspell
2014 Pineau De Re – Leighton Aspell
2013 Auroras Encore – Ryan Mania
2012 Neptunes Collonges – Daryl Jacob
2011 Ballabriggs – Jason Maguire
2010 Don’t Push It – Tony McCoy
2009 Mon Mome – Liam Treadwell
2008 Comply or Die – Timmy Murphy
2007 Silver Birch – Robbie Power
2006 Numbersixvalverde – Niall Madden
2005 Hedgehunter – Ruby Walsh
Grand National Trends Ahead of 2018
There have been just two Irish trained winners of the Grand National in the past decade. However, all of the major stables have won this race in recent times including David Pipe, Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jonjo O’Neill and Gordon Elliott.
Additionally the sport’s major owners have also monopolised the race somewhat with Trevor Hemmings winning it three times (2005, 2011, 2015), Gigginstown House Stud (2016), JP McManus (2010) and David Johnson (2008).
Prior to last year nine of the last ten horses ridden by a woman jockey, a sequence which began with Rosemary Henderson in 1994, completed the course. Neither Katie Walsh or Nina Carberry got round in 2016 though and we are still awaiting our first Grand National winner ridden by a female jockey.
Beyond these facts it is hard to identify any clear Grand National betting trends. During the past decade five horses have carried 11st or more to victory and five have carried 10st-13lb or less.
Three 9-year-olds, three 11-year-olds, two 10-year-olds and two 8-year-olds have been victorious. There has been one winning favourite, Comply Or Die (7/1 in 2008) and the 2010 winner, Don’t Push It, was a 10/1 joint-favourite.
22 individual jockeys have won the race during the past 23 years with Leighton Aspell being the exception – he piloted Pineau De Re to victory in 2014 and followed-up in 2015 aboard Many Clouds.
Front Runners for the Grand National 2018
At Freebets.com we pride ourselves on offering up the latest horse racing news, tips, and offers to our punters and you’ll be the first to know the front runners for the 2018 Grand National.
With over half a year still to go until the 2018 edition, we’re already keeping our ears to the ground, but come the winter and the National Hunt season, keep your eyes on our social media and news pages for all the latest on the Grand National 2018 runners and riders.
So far, the likes of Ladbrokes are favouring the same horses that were favourites last year, with the 2017 One For Arthur naturally being the favourite at 16/1.
Grand National Betting Tips
Of course, all the major betting firms are offering Grand National 2018 odds. Although backing a horse already probably isn’t the best move.
Waiting on the new season and studying the early season form could be key to backing a winner, and at Freebets.com we’ll keep you updated on everything that’s happening throughout the jump season.
Online sportsbooks will be offering Grand National betting tips and employing experts – jockeys, trainers, pundits and even celebrities – to mark punters cards with their best Grand National 2018 tips. But the race is no exact science and the previous races show first past the post is rarely the favourite.