Apr 3 2019
Grand National Betting Offers, Bonuses and Promotions, 6th April 2019
The Grand National is probably the most famous horse race in the world and with the winner scooping more than half a million pounds it’s also one of the richest! First run in 1839 it has been held every year since then at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse, the only breaks being for the two World Wars.
It is a race like no other. At almost four and a half miles in length and with 30 obstacles to jump it is a test of stamina, bravery and jumping ability and any horses and jockeys who complete the race, let alone win or manage a place, can consider themselves to have achieved a great deal.
The Grand National is also a betting occasion like no other. It is, for many, the one time in the year when they will have a bet on horse racing, or even a bet at all. Whether through an office sweepstake or a trip to the bookies or, increasingly, by placing bets online or by mobile, this is the race that captures the nation’s imagination.
Watched by around 600 million people in almost 150 different countries the spectacle of the Grand National is not to be missed and we’ve got all the latest and best mobile and online betting offers to give you that bit of extra value for your bets on this year’s National.
We’ll be updating this article regularly with the latest offers as the bookies release them so be sure to pop back from time to time for all the best Grand National betting offers in one convenient place. Also check out the latest Grand National 2019 Betting Tips below!
Grand National 2019 Free Bets and Betting Offers
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Grand National 2019 Tips
It’s the biggest betting weekend of the year, but will that leave any value for punters? The Grand National takes place on Saturday, with plenty set to pin their hopes on favourite Tiger Roll. Here is rundown of all the main contenders, along with our betting tips for the year’s most prestigious race.
- Vintage Clouds to win – at 12/1 with bet365
- General Principle each way – at 40/1 with Betfair
Runners and Riders News
The obvious starting point this year is the favourite, with Tiger Roll priced up at 7/2 with Ladbrokes to secure a victory. He went off at 10/1 last year, landing a win for trainer Gordon Elliot. Now the aim is to land back to back victories, emulating Red Rum’s back to back successes in 1973 and 1974. Red Rum is also the last multiple winner of this race, following his success in 1977. Are we about to see history in the making?
Aiming to stop the favourite are a list of contenders, although they’re all priced out at 10/1 or higher. Rathvinden is considered the nearest challenger in the 40-strong field, despite being out at 11/1 with William Hill. However, a lack of hurdle experience puts us off, as does the 11-year-old’s age.
Odds and Preview
That could suggest that Tiger Roll will storm this one, but we prefer to look elsewhere going into Saturday’s race. With the rest of the field being mostly ignored, we’re left with a few decent priced contenders as a result. The first of those is Vintage Clouds, who has a great record of late. Five places in six races, including a victory and two runners-up finishes. It’s smart to get Irish runners onside, after last year’s all emerald top four. Despite that, he’s a 12/1 shot here with bet365.
General Principle is our second pick, he’s part of Gordon Elliot’s 13 options here. While the trainer has Tiger Roll as his main option, his outsider is better value. Another Irish runner, this one is 40/1 with Betfair, having proven himself over jumps. Having won the Irish National last April, we can see him making a solid challenge here at a very tempting price.
Topping the roll here is Tiger Roll, another one of the longer odds winners. To find the last winner who came in as favourite we need to run back to 2010’s Don’t Push It. Even then, that was a 10/1 joint-favourite who came out on top. It was 2005 when a sole favourite last took glory – which is the only time that has happened in the 21st Century.
- 2018: Tiger Roll – Jockey: Davy Russell; Trainer: Gordon Elliott
- 2017: One for Arthur – Jockey: Derek Fox; Trainer: Lucinda Russell
- 2016: Rule The World – Jockey: David Mullins; Trainer: Mouse Morris
- 2015: Many Clouds – Jockey: Leighton Aspell; Trainer: Oliver Sherwood
- 2014: Pineau de Re – Jockey: Leighton Aspell; Trainer: Richard Newland
Types of Grand National Betting Offer
The bookies generally come up with a few different types of betting offer for the Grand National and here we look at the most common and explain how they work.
- Refund on Faller – Some online and mobile bookmakers will offer a refund on losing stakes if your horse is a faller, which often also covers various other possibilities such as unseating the rider. In a race where so many horses fall this is a great offer and the refund usually takes the form of a free bet.
- Enhanced Each Way Terms – Another very common offer is enhanced each way terms, with almost all bookmakers offering this. Standard terms would pay a place for a top four finishes but most offer each way to five places, some to six and even down to seventh place has been known. This makes a huge difference to your chances of winning.
- Non-Runner No Bet – Non-Runner No Bet applies to ante-post bets and means that if your horse doesn’t run you will either get your stake back as a straight refund or at the worst as a free bet (Non-Runner Free Bet). This offer allows you to try and grab the early ante-post value without fear of losing out.
- Best Odds Guaranteed – Best Odds guaranteed is another betting offer that allows you to try and get some value without the downside if things go wrong. If you place a bet on the morning of the race and take the price, a Best Odds Guaranteed bookmaker will pay you out at whichever odds are higher, the odds you took or the starting price (the SP, that is to say the odds when the National starts).
No Free Bets for the National?
A lot of bookmakers withdraw their free bet offers in the build up to the Grand National or even on the day itself. This is because many people who open accounts just for the Grand National are deemed unlikely to be regular punters because the National attracts a lot of “casual” bettors and one-off gamblers.
To make sure you don’t miss out the best option is to open your account with the bookies about a week before the National itself. This way you can place your qualifying bet and claim your free bet and then save it to use on the Grand National itself, whilst also gaining access to all the other great betting offers the bookies are sure to have for the big race.
Just make sure you check the bookies’ terms to ensure that a) your free bet can be used on the Grand National and b) your free bet doesn’t expire before the race (most are valid for at least seven days once granted). The most common betting offers for the Grand National are refunds on fallers, non-runner no bet and enhanced each way terms and we give the lowdown on all of those great betting offers in the box opposite, as well as Best Odds Guaranteed, meaning you never lose out if your winner drifts in the betting.
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