Grand National Betting

The highlight of the UK’s racing calendar comes in April at Aintree as the whole country and many across the world tune in to watch the Grand National and many of those will have a vested interest having got involved in betting on the race in the preceding days.

The Grand National is the biggest single horserace of every year, without fail. Both ‘professional’ punters and ‘once-a-year’ punters come out in force for the race and a walk along any high street in Britain will see betting shops full of bettors placing wagers against the bookmaker. The internet is also flooded with online betting punters taking advantage of the various free bets which the bookmakers have on offer for this national treasure of a race.

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Grand National History

The Grand National is the most famous and prestigious race in the Horse racing calendar and has remained so for well over 150 years. Run over a distance of just over 4 miles 4 furlongs at Aintree racecourse in Merseyside it is open to horses that are aged six years and over and rated 100+ by the British Horseracing Board.

The race is run over two circuits of the Aintree National Course taking in a total of 30 fences including The Chair (once) and Becher’s Brook (twice). The race now traditionally takes place on a Saturday in April and is one of 10 category A events which are reserved by the government for live coverage on free-to-air channels.

Red Rum is undoubtedly the most famous of Grand National horses and it is no surprise that he won a place in the heart of Grand National punters when returning as the 9/1 winner in 1973, 11/1 winner in 1974 and again at 9/1 in 1977. He is the only horse to have won the Grand National on three occasions and also finished second in the two intervening years between his 1974 and 1977 victories. When Ginger McCain – trainer of Red Rum – saddled Amberleigh House to victory in 2004 he joined Fred Rimell with four Grand National winners as the most decorated trainer in the race’s history.

In 1992 Grand National Betting fans who like to look for omens were covered in clover as Party Politics won the race just five days before the UK General Election. In 1993 Esha Ness won ‘the race that never was’ after the contest was declared void due to a large number of jockeys not hearing the starter’s recall. In 1997 Grand National Betting punters had to hold onto their tickets for a little longer than expected after the race was delayed by 48 hours due to a suspected IRA bomb threat. And in 2009 Mon Mome became the biggest priced winner of the race since Foinavon in 1967 when he came home as the 100/1 winner with Liam Treadwell on his back. Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey of the modern era having won the race twice since the turn of the millennium.

Grand National Course Betting

The Aintree National Course is a unique specimen. Its wide fences are required to accommodate the 40 runner field, many are over the height of 5 foot with The Chair – the biggest fence on the course – towering in at 6 foot, and the Canal Turn is followed by a 90 degree turn in the course immediately after landing. Becher’s Brook is the most famous of Grand National fences named after Captain Becher who fell at the fence; it is 4 foot 10 inches on the take-off side and 5 foot 6 inches on the landing side. There are 16 fences in total with each one except The Chair and the Water-Jump being negotiated twice in the race.

Get Free Bets on the Grand National

If you would describe yourself as the type of punter who only bets occassionally on events like the Grand National, now would be a good time to take advantage of the special deals that online betting offers. As an incentive to encourage punters to bet online, most sportsbook sites offer free bets when you register for an account and place your first bet. This means that you can gain extra bets to the value of £25- £50 for free when you place your first online bet on the Grand National.

Grand National Betting Exchanges

Free Betting Online maintain a directory of some of the most reputable online betting sites.

To access your free bets for the Grand National, simply browse through our list of deals on our home page, select a bookmaker, navigate to their site, and register your details.

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