Grand National Free Bets

Over 70,000 racegoers will descend on Aintree for the 2017 Randox Grand National on April 8th but even if you can’t make it to Aintree you can still get all of the best Grand National free bets and join in on the betting action.

Grand National Free Bets

Boasting a global TV audience in excess of 600 million people and generating enormous betting turnover with countless ‘once a year punters’ placing a bet, (many of them Grand National free bets) this is a race like no other.  Not sure which horse to bet on? Our Grand National Racecard will help.


Grand National Betting 2017
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.


Latest 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 about many of the 2017 Grand National runners.

Betfred, Totesport and Stan James have now also introduced the NRNB concession.

But 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 shop around.  Most online bookies are offering places 1-2-3-4 but 1-2-3-4-5 is available with Betway, SkyBet and Paddy Power with bet365 paying out on the first five horses!

Grand National Betting Offers

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Grand National Non Runners 2017 Offers

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.

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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 Runners 2017 field will consist of a maximum of 40 horses but there were almost twice that number hoping to take their place left amongst the declared runners following the latest declaration stage.  

The next declaration stage is on April 3rd while the final field, which hopefully includes your Grand National tips, will line-up on April 8th.

From now onwards if you back a horse which is amongst the 39 runners who will not get a place amongst the field for the ‘World’s Greatest Steeplechase’ with our selected partners who are offering ‘Non-Runner No-Bet’ terms, you will receive your stakes back in full in cash.


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.

Looking at the latest Grand National Betting 2017 it is fair to say that the Irish horses have an outstanding chance in taking the Randox Health Grand National trophy back to Ireland for a second consecutive year.

Rule The World won the 2016 Grand National for the Emerald Isle – 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 2017 Latest Odds

The 2017 Randox Health Grand National is drawing ever closer.  And, as it does, it is looking more and more like Vieux Lion Rouge will go off the clear favourite to win.

Trained by David Pipe, who won the Grand National with Comply Or Die in 2008, Vieux Lion Rouge went to the head of the Grand National betting when landing the Becher Chase – run over the famous Grand National fences back in December.


Also towards the top of the Grand National 2017 betting lists is Definitely Red who won another recognised Grand National trial race, the Grimthorpe Chase which is run at Doncaster.

Others trading at less than 20/1 include last year’s Grand National favourite and runner-up, The Last Samuri, the 2014 Stayers Hurdle winner More Of That, and Blaklion who won the 2016 RSA Chase also at the Cheltenham Festival.

There are no previous Aintree Grand National winners in field this year although there are two previous winners of the Irish Grand National amongst the entries:  Rogue Angel and Thunder and Roses.

How to Get Grand National Free Bets

Unquestionably now is the best time to get yourself some Grand National free bets.

Just like enhanced odds offers, the online bookies are fully aware of what a hectic day Grand National 2017 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 now 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 8th and have a free go on the biggest race of them all!

2016 Grand National Results & Review
Rule The World won his first and only Chase race when winning the 2016 Grand National by six-lengths at 33/1. He was the fifth consecutive Grand National winner who went off at 25/1 or greater and the first Irish-trained winner since Silver Birch scored (also at 33/1) in 2007.

Since retired, Rule The World will not be lining-up for the 2017 renewal but the runner-up, The Last Samuri, most definitely will and is the current 20/1 second favourite within the ante-post lists.

Rounding out the top-four places was another the 13-year-old and 100/1 shot, Vics Canvas and 33/1 poke Gilgamboa – making it a good day for the bookmakers!

Recent History
Rule The World’s winning SP should have been no big surprise, most recent Grand National winners have gone off at handsome odds. Only two of the last 18 winners have gone off at a single-figure price (Comply Or Die in 2008 and Hedgehunter in 2005 – both 7/1).

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 20 winners, including Rule The World, 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

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

Trends Ahead of 2017

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, three 10-year-olds and an 8-year-old 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 2017

Irish owner Michael O’Leary, owner of Gigginstown House Stud and last year’s Grand National winner Rule The World, has had a public spat with the Grand National handicapper and resultantly withdrawn three of his runners from the race.

However, he will be keen to keep his Grand National trophy at home and has five horses amongst the 95 runners left in contention for a place amongst the final 40.  They are Thunder And Roses, Rogue Angel, Wounded Warrior, Measureofmydreams and Road To Riches.

Both Rogue Angel and Thunder And Roses have won the Irish Grand National and that race has been a good form pointer for the English version with 1988 Grand National winner Rhyme ‘n Reason, 1999 winner Bobbyjo and 2006 winner Numbersixvalverde all winning the Irish version before taking the Aintree showpiece.

Of course there has never been a Grand National winner ridden by a woman jockey but that will change one day, and that day may be April 8th 2017. Katie Walsh came closer to winning the Grand National than any other female in history when a close third aboard Seabass in the 2012 National and she has been booked by Paul Nichols to partner Wonderful Charm.

Currently available at 66/1, this one’s price will surely tumble as the big race draws closer and the nine-year-old, who was last seen finishing second in Cheltenham’s Foxhunter Chase looks a cracking each-way proposition particularly with the firms which are offering each-way places 1-2-3-4-5.

Grand National Betting Tips

Unsurprisingly all the major betting firms are offering Grand National 2017 Odds and have done since the horses crossed the line in last season’s race.  

This is, after all, the biggest betting event of the year and one which will have major say on end-of-year profits.

Online sportsbooks throw fortunes at Grand National betting tips employing experts – jockeys, trainers, pundits and even celebrities – to mark punters cards with their best Grand National 2017 tips.  But the race is no exact science and the average price of a Grand National winner during the past ten years is over 30/1!

Given the performance of ‘visiting runners’ at the Cheltenham Festival we are going to invest our faith in horses trained in Ireland despite their relatively poor 2/10 win record during the last decade.

The J.P. McManus owned ‘Cause of Causes’ is Ireland’s best hope according to the Grand National latest odds.  The winner of the Cross Country Chase at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival is taking the same route to the Grand National as 2007 winner Silver Birch who was trained, like this one, by Gordon Elliott.

Cause of Causes is a nine-year-old incidentally, just like seven of the last 20 winners, and that stat is a Grand National tip in itself.

Another nine-year-old trained in Ireland and an essential name to list in any Grand National guide is Willie Mullins Pleasant Company.  He has won half of his six chase starts and was formerly trained by David Pipe in England, who trains the current Grand National favourite Vieux Lion Rouge.

One horse which is sure to attract bundles of money and will surely go off at a short price on the day (so back him now with the bookmakers offering Non-Runner No-Bet) is One For Arthur from Scotland.

A look through the list of Grand National winners show there has been no Scottish trained Grand National winner since Rubstic in 1979.  It’s a sequence One For Arthur’s trainer, Lucinda Russell, will be trying end with her charge who is being prepared in Kinross.

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