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After Cheltenham Festival, the next best thing for jumps racing fans is the Grand National meeting. Three days of superb racing, culminating in the greatest steeplechase in the world, the Grand National. 

From free bets to enhanced special odds on certain runners throughout the course of the three days there’s plenty of value to be had and the RacingTips team will be busy throughout each day to bring readers the best Grand National betting offers. 

How to use your Grand National Free Bets

In most cases Grand National Free bets will be available either the day before or on the day for use and most bookmakers clearly identify those free bets within punters’ online accounts.

Other Grand National free bet offers might be published in print form in a number of national newspapers for use in betting shops while many can also be applied into betting accounts for use. Many free bet offers are designed to attract new betting customers but often existing customers are catered for too, especially at the bigger festivals such as the 2022 Grand National meeting. 

For new customers the sign-up process to take advantage of Grand National free bets is simple and straightforward. Clicking a banner or graphic will take new customers to the sign-up page to fill in the registration form and there may be a deposit requirement to activate the account and claim the free bet(s) although each bookmaker’s requirement varies.

Grand National Latest odds

Horse Silks Trainer/Jockey Odds
Snow Leopardess Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Aidan Coleman
T: Charlie Longsdon
7/1
Delta Work Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
15/2
Any Second Now Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Ted Walsh
9/1
Eclair Surf Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Emma Lavelle
/1
Escaria Ten Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Adrian Heskin
T: Gordon Elliott
11/1
Enjoy D’allen Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Ciaran Murphy
12/1
Fiddlerontheroof Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
12/1
Minella Times Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
12/1
Longhouse Poet Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Martin Brassil
16/1
Burrows Saint Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Willie Mullins
18/1
Run Wild Fred Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
20/1
Cloth Cap Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Jonjo O’Neill
22/1
Farclas Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jody McGarvey
T: Gordon Elliott
22/1
Good Boy Bobby Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
22/1
De Rasher Counter Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Emma Lavelle
28/1
Mount Ida Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Denis O’Regan
T: Gordon Elliott
28/1
Court Maid Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Henry De Bromhead
33/1
Death Duty Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
33/1
Discorama Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Paul Nolan
33/1
Kildisart Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: James Bowen
T: Ben Pauling
33/1
Mighty Thunder Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Derek Fox
T: Lucinda Russell
33/1
Noble Yeats Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Emmet Mullins
33/1
Santini Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Polly Gundry
33/1
Two For Gold Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
33/1
Anibale Fly Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: A J Martin
40/1
Blaklion Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
40/1
Caribean Boy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
50/1
Coko Beach Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Flanagan
T: Gordon Elliott
50/1
Dingo Dollar Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Ryan Mania
T: Sandy Thomson
50/1
Freewheelin Dylan Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Dermot A McLoughlin
50/1
Phoenix Way Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Harry Fry
50/1
Top Ville Ben Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Philip Kirby
50/1
Deise Aba Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Tom O’Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
66/1
Easysland Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Jonjo O’Neill
66/1
Lostintranslation Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
66/1
Poker Party Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Henry De Bromhead
66/1
Samcro Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Bowen
T: Gordon Elliott
66/1
Agusta Gold Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Willie Mullins
80/1
Battleoverdoyen Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Kevin Sexton
T: Gordon Elliott
80/1
Brahma Bull Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Willie Mullins
80/1
Lord Du Mesnil Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Kielan Woods
T: Richard Hobson
80/1
Class Conti Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Willie Mullins
100/1

*Odds Correct as of 12pm 06/04/22*

Grand National Free Betting Offers on Day 1

On day one of the Grand National Meeting the Manifesto Novices’ Chase kicks off the three days of top-class racing and the curtain raiser is often a target for bookmakers with a number of free bets.

Popular free bet offers might centre on placing a bet in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase and receiving a free bet for every other race on the card, or may offer a free bet if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd. 

The 4-y-o Juvenile Hurdle could see enhanced win terms on the market leader Pied Piper, or money back concessions should he be defeated. The Betway Bowl could also see enhanced betting odds on defending champion Clan Des Obeaux while there might be special trainer-specific odds on certain races.

It’s a similar story for the Aintree Hurdle, as Zanahiyr and Epatante battle it out to go off favourite for the race. Bookies will likely offer enhanced odds on one (or potentially both) to win, so it could be a good way to get better odds on your fancy.

As for the final three races on the day one racecard bookmakers might have enhanced each-way places over and above the standard terms such as paying on the first six or seven runners rather than the usual four places.

Grand National Free Betting Offers on Day 2

There’s a further four Grade 1 races to look forward to on day two of the Grand National meeting, and there’s sure to be plenty of enhanced odds and free bets on offer from the bookmakers. With some hot favourites including the likes of Jonbon, Edwardstone and Fakir D’oudairies, it will be highly likely there will be some enhanced odds on at least one of them.

Bookies may again offer their through-the-card offer, which is usually place a bet on the first race and receive a free bet for each of the other six races. There is also likely to be extra places on offer for the races with bigger fields, so make sure to take advantage of those.

Grand National Free Betting Offers on Day 3

The final day may see another through-the-card offer from bookies, but it does tend to be a quieter day for offers as bookies focus on the Grand National.

You can expect bookmakers to compete over who will offer more places for the Grand National – with the majority of bookmakers already offering six places.

It’s also likely there will be enhanced odds on some of the market leaders, including the likes of Edwardstone and Flooring Porter.

Grand National Horse Race Betting Types Explained

First things first, you can bet on a horse to win or back them each-way. A WIN bet is exactly that, backing a horse to win only. An EACH-WAY bet will mean you will get a return on your money if your selections finishes amongst the places.

A SINGLE bet is simply placing a bet on one horse in a race. For example, backing one horse to win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

A DOUBLE is backing two horses in two different races. Punters find these to be a popular option throughout Cheltenham Festival as you could combine two of the favourites in the betting that day to win.

A TREBLE is the pretty much the same as a double, except you select three horses to win in three races.

A LUCKY 15 bet is a system bet – that is, it’s a series of bets combined in order to maximise your chances of a decent return while making sure that if all your selections do not come in, you’ll still have the good chance of a decent return and even a sizeable profit.

A Lucky 15 bet consists of four selections and a total of fifteen bets – hence Lucky ’15’ – as follows:

4 x single bets
6 x double bets
4 x treble bets
1 x accumulator

In short, every possible combined bet – as well as four singles – is covered in your Lucky 15 wager.

A YANKEE is the same as a Lucky 15 except that there are no singles, so it only consists of eleven bets.

An ACCUMULATOR is betting on multiple races to make up one big bet. For example, backing four horses all to win at one meeting. These type of bets to end offer the biggest profits, which is why they prove popular with racing fans!

A TRIXIE is made up of four bets from three selections (3 x doubles, 1 x treble), so if all three of your selections win you’ll win all four bets!

A HEINX bet ups the ante even more, as this must be 57 bets of equal value on selections in six separate events:

15 x doubles
10 x trebles
15 x four-folds
6 x five-folds
1 x six-fold accumulator

A PATENT is seven bets of equal value on three separate races, (3 x singles, 3 x doubles and 1 x treble).

A STRAIGHT FORECAST bet is picking two horses in a race to finish first and second in that exact order. There is also a REVERSE FORECAST, which is the same as a straight forecast, except they can finish first or second in either order.

For a PLACEPOT bet, you need to pick a horse to place in each of the first six races at any race meeting.

A JACKPOT bet is similar to a placepot bet, but you pick a horse to win in each of the six races, rather than just to place.

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Grand National Trends

No race captures the imagination of the general public year after year quite like the Grand National.

Run over a gruelling 4 miles and 514 yards, with 30 intimidating fences to jump, it provides a spectacle like no other, with around 40 runners each year bidding for glory. Trying to find the Grand National winner can feel like an impossible task. Thankfully, there are recurring trends which can help point us in the right direction.

Grand National Trends

AGE The prime age for the Grand National is between 8 and 11
WEIGHT Those weighted between 10-07 and 11-04 have a strong record
RATING Between 143 and 153
COURSE FORM Previous experience running at Aintree is important
DISTANCE FORM Winning form over three miles is a must
SEASONAL FORM Most National winners run at least 3 times during the season
CHELTENHAM EXPERIENCE Good form at the Cheltenham Festival is a big plus
GRAND NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Horses making their first start in the Grand National do best

2019 Grand National Tips

Join the experts at RacingTips for the world’s most famous handicap. Our tipsters managed to tip the winner at 14/1 last season and they have published their ante-post tips for this year’s feature race at Aintree.

2019 Grand National Ante-Post Tips

Brian’s Two Against The Field Rathvinden 12/1 HERE
Vintage Clouds 14/1 HERE
Jon’s Three Against The Field Vintage Clouds 14/1 HERE
Rock The Kasbah 20/1 HERE
Go Conquer 40/1 HERE

Brian’s 2019 Grand National Tips

Eleven-year olds won three consecutive renewals of the Grand National between 2012 and 2014, and it could prove significant that RATHVINDEN (12/1, William Hill) was kept out of trainer Willie Mullins’ Cheltenham Festival team to potentially spearhead the Closutton trainer’s assault on Aintree instead.

The Heron Island gelding might be an eleven-year old, but he remains a relatively lightly-raced horse for his age, and he could thrive for this longer test having seen off the challenge of Ms Parfois in last season’s National Hunt Chase.

He had been campaigning over shorter trips prior to that success, but he apeared to relish the marathon trip as he battled Anthony Honeyball’s charge to the line, prevailing by a half-length.

Fourth subsequently in the Growise Novices’ Chase behind The Storyteller at Punchestown, he wasn’t seen out again until readily beating Alpha Des Obeaux to win the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse.

Pleasant Company, who finished runner-up to Tiger Roll in last season’s Grand National had won the Bobbyjo Chase twelve months prior, and Rathvinden could be set to follow a similar path.

Initially allocated 10-10 from his 154 mark when the Grand National weights were announced, he is now rated 159 following that Bobbyjo Chase success, and he is another who looks weighted to post a big run.

Jon’s 2019 Grand National Tips

VINTAGE CLOUDS (14/1 William Hill) missed out on entering last year’s Grand National by a single place. The Trevor Hemmings-owned chaser may currently be sitting five places outside the top 40, but I’d be flabbergasted if he didn’t make the final cut and Sue Smith’s nine-year-old looks primed for a big run at Aintree.

Consistency is a wonderful quality for any staying chaser to possess and Vintage Clouds, although only winning twice over fences, has registered a hatful of impressive results. Smith’s charge placed in the Ultima at Cheltenham and the Welsh Grand National as a second-season novice last term, rounding off his campaign with another strong performance in the Scottish National at Ayr.

Victory on his reappearance back in November was followed by a second outing in the Welsh National, but an uncharacteristic mistake early on saw Vintage Clouds fail to finish the race. A decent break and a wind-op followed and Smith’s chaser returned with a bang at Cheltenham, finishing strongly to push Beware The Bear right to the line in the Ultima.

Vintage Clouds has strong form here at Aintree, claiming a maiden victory over fences by 18 lengths in October 2017. Smith’s nine-year-old has tons of National form in the book and looks extremely well-handicapped carrying just 10-4.

In 16 runs over fences, Vintage Clouds has finished outside the places on just four occasions. 14/1 remains an excellent each-way price.

Brian’s Day Two NAP

3:25pm JLT Chase (Registered As The Melling Chase) (Grade 1) 2m4f

Politologue and Min renew rivalry having finished 1-2 in this race twelve months ago; but while the ground may prove a shade quick for WAITING PATIENTLY (5/2, William Hill) it could be Ruth Jefferson’s star which shines brightest here with first-time cheekpieces applied.

The Flemensfirth gelding lost his unbeaten record over fences when he was brought down by the fall of Bristol De Mai in the King George VI Chase at Kempton; he subsequently travelled well for a long way at Ascot in the Ascot Chase behind Cyrname where he shaped as if he might have been in need of the run.

He didn’t have much of an answer to the bold-jumping front-runner in that contest, who kept up a strong gallop throughout and jumped with aplomb; but while well-beaten, he had Politologue two places behind him and having also beaten the same horse previously he could prove a tough nut to crack here if the ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience.

He should be much sharper now following that Ascot run which in essence was his first of the campaign following his early departure at Kempton, and we could see a different horse now to the one that was beaten last time.

Jon’s Day Two NAP

4:05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m5f

Janika has finished second in three high-quality handicaps for Nicky Henderson this season and clearly has the class to cope with the Grand National obstacles. Top-weight hasn’t stopped Janika from challenging for victories so far this term, but only three horses have carried more than 11-00 to victory in the Topham since the turn of the Millennium, so it certainly pays to look towards the bottom half of the weights to find an each-way punt.Ultragold could bid to follow in the footsteps of Always Waining and claim a hat-trick of Topham titles and Colin Tizzard’s eleven-year-old shouldn’t be overlooked. Call It Magic jumped beautifully over these fearsome fences during the Becher earlier in the season and could be a big player should Ross O’Sullivan leave his nine-year-old in the running. While both hold significant appeal, BALLYHILL (12/1 William Hill) looks like he’s been laid out for a tilt at the Topham and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ chaser could be the best-handicapped runner in the field.

This reliable jumper has found a new level of consistency this term and a very taking triumph here at Aintree in December helped Ballyhill reach a career-high mark of 144. Since then, Twiston-Davies’ eight-year-old has finished third behind Aso and Siruh Du Lac in Grade Three Handicaps at Cheltenham. Ballyhill was then thrown in with Clan Des Obeaux in the Denman Chase and ran a decent enough race to pass the post third once again.

Twiston-Davies will have been pleased with that effort, as he had no real chance of challenging the King George winner and Ballyhill stuck to his task well. The team decided to skip an outing at the Cheltenham Festival in favour of an appearance at Aintree and, with just 10-6 on his back, Ballyhill returns to Merseyside with serious winning claims.READ: Jon’s tips for every race on day two at Aintree…

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Grand National Trends

No race captures the imagination of the general public year after year quite like the Grand National.

Run over a gruelling 4 miles and 514 yards, with 30 intimidating fences to jump, it provides a spectacle like no other, with around 40 runners each year bidding for glory. Trying to find the Grand National winner can feel like an impossible task. Thankfully, there are recurring trends which can help point us in the right direction.

Grand National Trends

AGE The prime age for the Grand National is between 8 and 11
WEIGHT Those weighted between 10-07 and 11-04 have a strong record
RATING Between 143 and 153
COURSE FORM Previous experience running at Aintree is important
DISTANCE FORM Winning form over three miles is a must
SEASONAL FORM Most National winners run at least 3 times during the season
CHELTENHAM EXPERIENCE Good form at the Cheltenham Festival is a big plus
GRAND NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Horses making their first start in the Grand National do best

The Grand National

The sporting universe will come to a standstill on Saturday afternoon, with the eyes of millions from around the world fixed on Aintree as the Merseyside venue hosts the Grand National.

Some of the horse racing’s greatest names have claimed victory in this most famous of races during its long, storied history and a high-quality army of challengers will be battling for the famous trophy in just over a weeks’ time.

This four-and-a-quarter-mile marathon is the most daunting punting puzzle on the calendar and finding the winner of Saturday’s race is almost as challenging as the National course itself.

Every year, horse racing fanatics spend hours on end ploughing through form figures and online forums, trying to get an edge on the layers. The bookmakers estimate that over £100 million will be gambled on the world’s most famous contest. So, if you’re fortunate enough to back the winner, you’ll earn legendary status with your friends and colleagues, along with a pocketful of profit!