Grand National Betting 2019 - Free Bets, Offers & Betting Tips
Prepare for the most popular horse race in the world with our guide to the Grand National 2019.
The most famous horse racing event of the year is one of the most popular for sports punters, on the hunt for Grand National free bets and tips. This betting frenzy is massive, and favourites are already out there, with the big race taking place on April 6th. Get ready to make your fortune with the historic contest.
Grand National Free Bets
The most popular Grand National free bets are sign-up bonuses. Most bookies recognise the importance of a welcome bonus, offering new punters money back in free bets to keep them playing. These types of free bets do, typically, come with attached terms and conditions, such as a certain number of wagering requirements and specific odds.
Enhanced odds are also massively popular, with bookies increasing the odds for a certain amount of time. Always be on the lookout for those as they provide better returns when betting on the top three horses. Best odds guaranteed could be considered a form of Grand National free bet, with your stake returned if you could have got a better starting price elsewhere. If that does happen, you’ll get the difference back with more funds to spend on other bets. We’ll always share the top free bets for more bang for your buck.
Grand National Bets
Over 600 million people tuned in to the Grand National last year, so there’s plenty of scope for Grand National bets. There are a significant number of Grand National betting markets, with the most popular the ‘to win’ category. This is the most simple form of horse race betting and involves you placing a bet on the one horse to win out of the 40 runners. It’s relatively straightforward and popular for new players.
Each way is a Grand National bet most punters are familiar with, doubling up as two bets. You’re putting money on one horse to win and another to place. The places can vary with betting sites, but it usually refers to the top three. You can expect better betting odds with this type of bet, and we recommend looking at an outsider for more returns. Each way is good for the underdog and horses with long odds, as your bet will come in if it places.
Forecasts and tricasts are good for punters with basic knowledge on the horses. A straight forecast involves prediction first and second, but there is also a reverse forecast. You still pick the top two with this bet, but you don’t choose an order for where they will place. A tricast refers to one, two and three positions.
If you have even more experience with Grand National bets, there’s nothing stopping you placing an acca. The returns for accumulators are more than any bets mentioned above, but they pose more risks for your money. Know your stuff and do your research before placing an acca.
Lastly, another good one to watch out for is ‘First Fence Fallers’ markets, predicting how many horses will not get past the first fence.
Grand National Betting Odds
It’s relatively early for betting odds to be released for all betting markets, but bookies are already taking money on ‘to win’. The top 10 horses for the Grand National 2018 were:
- Blaklion 10/1 (Bet365)
- Total Recall 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
- Bellshill 20/1 Bet365
- The Last Samuri 20/1 (William Hill)
- Minella Rocco 25/1 (Totesport)
- Gold Present 33/1 (Betfair)
- Vicente 33/1 (Paddy Power)
- Anibale Fly 12/1 Ladbrokes
- Seeyouatmidnight 20/1 William Hill
Grand National Betting Offers
The Grand National is one of the biggest sports events of the year, so there’ll be plenty of bookies scraps to get you to bet with them. The Grand National betting offers are impressive and can reach high numbers. New customer betting offers are the big lads for betting sites and, usually, offer the most bonus funds to get you registering an account.
Faller insurance is one to look out for, should your horse go down at any point in the race. Likewise, fair play moneyback gets your stake back if your horse fails to start. You’ll often find bookmakers promoting Grand National betting offers for outsiders. Another one we recommend taking advantage of is best odds guaranteed. If you take an early price on your selection and the starting price returned is bigger, the bookies will pay out at the larger price.
It’s important to remember that many online bookmakers will remove their primary Grand National free bet 24 hours before the race, but will have it in place in the run-up.
Betting Tips for your 2019 Grand National Free Bets
There are plenty of betting tips to get the most out of your Grand National free bets, but the most significant is to do your research. Study the form of your chosen horse, as well as the others, to put your money in the right place. Horse racing is well-known for its stats: jockey’s past races, horse records, weight stats. While the bookies will have done their research and the betting odds will reflect that, putting in a bit of research can see you gaining an edge.
You should always follow the odds and watch for any movement, which could signal insider information. If a horse’s odds drop significantly, or go the opposite way, in the run-up to the race, there’s good reason to assume prior knowledge is involved.
Finally, read the tips online. We always provide top betting tips and will share the best free bets etc., and it’d be a waste of your money for you not to have a look. It could just mean the difference between a payout and a loss.
Grand National 2018 Match Previews and Betting Tips
Grand National 2018 Betting Updates
You’ll struggle to find a betting site not offering Grand National betting odds. However, as we get closer to the world’s most famous horse race, those odds could be subject to change. As mentioned above, if there happens to be any insider information on any external factors affecting the jockey or horse, those betting odds could be updated.
We’ll always strive to share the best odds and most up-to-date markets, but they could change quickly in the run-up to the meet. We recommend keeping an eye on the market and checking up on the stats and betting tips shared, so you stay ahead of the game should any of the betting odds change.
The week before the Grand National is a frenzy, and the bets really step up a pace. This is when you’ll see the biggest fluctuations, so prepare for all scenarios when it comes to making your fortune.
Grand National Recap 2018
Despite only finishing fifth in the Grand National behind 10-1 chance Tiger Roll, Bryony Frost came out best of the three female jockeys taking part giving the popular rider what she described as “an amazing feeling”
It is surely only a matter of time before a female jockey wins the world’s most famous steeplechase but 2018 wasn’t to be the year as of the three lady riders taking part in the Randox Health Grand National the fifth place of Milansbar and Bryony Frost was the nearest the fairer sex came to victory in the £1 million marathon contest.
As Tiger Roll and Davy Russell withheld the late rallying challenge of Pleasant Company and 2016 winning jockey David Mullins, Frost prevented a 1-2-3-4-5 for Irish-trained runners as her mount stayed on to deprive Noel Meade’s Road To Riches of a fifth spot behind Bless The Wings in third and Anibale Fly in fourth.
Katy Walsh, third in 2012 on Seabass, was last of the 12 finishers on Baie Des Iles, some 90 lengths behind the winner but luckier than last season’s leading Irish conditional rider Rachael Blackmore who took a heavy fall aboard Alpha Des Obeaux at the Chair when bang in contention.
12th April 2018 Update – Third time lucky for Gas Line Boy?
The Ian Williams-trained Gas Line Boy (10st 10lb) is all set for a third attempt at the £1-million Randox Health Grand National this Saturday.
The 12-year-old son fell at the very first fence in 2015, before coming home fifth in the 2017 renewal of the world’s greatest steeplechase, 17 lengths behind winner One For Arthur.
Gas Line Boy was the four and a half-length winner of the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree on heavy ground over two miles and five furlongs back in December, a race that is run over the Grand National fences.
10th April 2018 Update – Seeyouatmidnight bought by the Thompsons
The Scottish trained Grand National runner Seeyouatmidnight has been bought by David and Patricia Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud for an undisclosed sum and will run in their colours at Aintree racecourse on Saturday.
The 10-year-old, trained by Sandy Thomson, had been owned by his wife, Quona.
The Thompsons bought Le Mercurey and Highland Lodge the week before last year’s race but neither of them troubled the judge.
Party Politics famously won the 1992 Grand National in their pink and purple colours in what turned out to be a topically named winner as it was also a General Election year.
A Grade Two winner over hurdles and the victor over Blaklion in the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, Seeyouatmidnight’s recent seasons have been interrupted by injury.
His return from injury had been curtailed by the bad weather on several occasions, but Thomson was able to send him to Newbury on March 24th to run in a handicap chase over an inadequate two and a half miles which then qualified him to run in the National.
5th April Update – Regal Encore would be worth a Grand National bet at 33/1
Trained by Anthony Honeyball, Regal Encore is looking like a decent Grand National contender in the making as he continues to prepare for the big race with two key workouts over this week including schooling over Lambourn’s Grand National fences under his raceday jockey Richie McLernon.
Regal Encore ran in last year’s Grand National and got around to finish in eighth place behind the winner One For Arthur. He is currently available with most bookmakers at around 33/1 but Honeyball believes that he can outrun those odds.
Regal Encore is set to be part of a four-strong JP McManus owned team in the race. He will be joined in the line-up by Minella Rocco, Carlingford Lough and Anibale Fly.
Anibale Fly put up a career best performance when third to Native River in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and missed this week’s Irish Grand National for a tilt at the English version. The Tony Martin trained gelding is a well-supported 14-1 chance in the betting.
4th April 2018 Update – Leighton Aspell to miss the Grand National
Dual Grand National-winning jockey Leighton Aspell will miss this year’s Aintree Grand National after damaging his neck in a tumble at Hereford last week. The 41-year-old is currently wearing a brace.
Aspell, successful on Pineau De Re in 2014 and also Many Clouds in 2015, faces at least six weeks on the sidelines following his fall from the Oliver Sherwood trained, and Trevor Hemmings owned, Jurby at the sixth flight in a novices’ hurdle over two miles, five and a half furlongs.
Sherwood said that Aspell would not require surgery but the brace would be needed as extra support for a good length of time.
“He’s going to be out for about six weeks. He’s got to be in a neck brace for six weeks,” said Sherwood.
“There’s nothing displaced. He’s not in any pain, there’s no operation, it’s just time.”
Aspell has competed in seven Grand Nationals, winning in 2014 and 2015 and finished second in 2003 on his race debut.