Author: Graham Tower
Published: 15:47 15/02/2014
Online bookmakers BetVictor, Boylesports, Paddy Power and Sportingbet have joined bet365 in offering enhanced place terms on the 2014 Crabbies Grand National which takes place at Aintree on Saturday 5th April.
Anyone reading our Grand National ante-post tips piece will already be aware that bet365 went ¼ odds a place for the first five finishers to coincide with the unveiling of the National weights on Tuesday. It’s just one of a raft of offers available from bet365, possibly the most innovate online bookmaker, and its offer of an extra place on the 2014 Grand National has now been taken up by four leading bookmakers eager to remain among the most competitive online betting sites.
It’s great news for ante-post punters who now have a choice of bookies to seek out the best prices for their Grand National fancies with the added value of an each way pay out if their selection finishes fifth.
The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and was won last year by 66/1 outsider Auroras Encore. The race is a handicap guaranteed to meet the maximum 40 runners every year and the standard each way terms are ¼ odds a place on the first four finishers. Punters who backed 16/1 chance Rare Bob in the 2013 Grand National will have been patting themselves on the back for backing the horse at similar enhanced place terms or kicking themselves if they missed out.
Opting to back a horse to finish in the first five with one of the bookmakers offering an extra place on the Grand National needn’t mean a compromise against taking the best price. At the time of writing, leading Grand National fancy Tidal Bay is top industry with all five bookmakers offering to pay out on the fifth place while Monbeg Dude is top industry price with four of them. In fact most of the runners in the Grand National ante post list are available at industry leading prices with at least one bookmaker offering enhanced place terms on the race.