Grand National Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 17.15 at Aintree, Saturday 6th April 2019
There are many outstanding contests over the course of the racing year, but in terms of sheer spectacle, betting turnover and popularity, there is one which stands above all others. No race is so synonymous with horse racing as Aintree’s historic, Grand National.
Here we take a look at the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for what is just about the most famous race in the world.
Held over a marathon 4m 2½f trip, this Grade 3 Handicap event was first held at the Merseyside venue way back in 1839 . Open to chasers aged seven and older the contest now offers a whopping £1 million in total prize money.
Grand National 2019 Betting Tips
- Tiger Roll to win at 5/1 with Betfair OR 25/1 WITH REDBET (see below or our 25/1 Tiger Roll Offer page)
- Ramses De Teillee to win at 28/1 with RaceBets
- Mala Beach each way at 66/1 with bet365
NB – Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Grand National 2019 Betting Offers
- Grand National 2019 Offers and Free Bets will follow soon… free bets, enhanced odds and other offers for this race will be listed in due course. Also check out our main Grand National 2019 Offers and Free Bets article!
Grand National 2019 Tips and Preview
The Grand National Festival at Aintree is a high quality meeting which has many races of real interest. Nothing quite matches up to the Grand National itself though. Millions will tune into this four mile, two and half furlong race and many people will have their only bet of the year on it. Notoriously difficult to predict, there is nothing quite like picking the winner of the Grand National but where does the value lie for the 2019 renewal?
Can You Really Back a Horse at 4/1 for the Grand National?
Fresh from a highly impressive win at the Cheltenham Festival, Tiger Roll looked a great bet for the 2018 Grand National at a general 14/1. He went on to prove himself one of the best National Hunt horses around 12 months ago and is a very worthy favourite for his defence of the Grand National after another win in the Glenfarclas Chase.
Tiger Roll is the most likely winner of the Grand National but even his own jockey, Davy Russell, has suggested that the general price of 4/1 available about his chances is “madness”. Backing Tiger Roll will ultimately be an individual choice but given the unpredictability of this race there are surely more tempting options. (Unless of course you claim theRedBet 25/1 Offer on Tiger Roll!)
Ramses De Teillee Looks Overpriced
Connections of horses with Grand National aspirations hope that their charges will peak in April for their trip to Aintree. That is not to say that previous results don’t matter but there is often a feeling of the rest of the season being a precursor for the Grand National.
That’s not far from the truth when it comes to Ramses De Teillee’s ambitious owners. They would have loved him to win the Welsh Grand National and the Grand National Trial at Haydock but were happy enough that Ramses De Teillee’s performances suggested he has a genuine chance in the Grand National.
David Pipe and David Noonan certainly learned a lot from those two second place finishes, namely that Noonan must be patient and try to produce Ramses De Teillee at just the right time. The seven-year-old was too keen in both of his two most recent performances and could not hold on to the win but things may well be very different with only a slight change in tactic so Ramses De Teillee does look very well priced at 28/1 with RaceBets.
Experience to Help Mala Beach
There’s been a trend towards younger horses running well in the Grand National lately but four 11-year-olds have won since 2001 so older horses should not be automatically written off. Indeed, a wealth of experience over fences and competing in big fields can boost a horse’s chances of winning which is the hope of Mala Beach’s connections.
The 11-year-old arrives at Aintree lightly raced this season and looked like he was in need of the run last time out when finishing second at Down Royal. He should come on significantly for that run and with the excellent amateur Jamie Codd on board may just be able to use his experience to grind out a place at 66/1 with bet365.
Grand National Previous Winners
- 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
- 2013 – Auroras Encore – jockey Ryan Mania, trainer Sue Smith
- 2012 – Neptune Collonges – jockey Daryl Jacob, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2011 – Ballabriggs – jockey Jason Maguire, trainer Donald McCain, Jr.
- 2010 – Don’t Push It – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2009 – Mon Mome – jockey Liam Treadwell, trainer Venetia Williams
- 2008 – Comply or Die – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer David Pipe
- 2007 – Silver Birch – jockey Robbie Power, trainer Gordon Elliott
Grand National History
Jumps racing aficionados may like nothing better than the Cheltenham Festival, whilst those who prefer the bluebloods of the flat count down the days to the Derby in June each year, but for the public at large there is really only one race which captures the national attention. With sweepstakes run up and down the country and everybody and their granny having a bet, the Grand National is the one UK race equally likely to make the headlines on the front pages as well as the back.
There are many things which make this race so special but one of the most obvious is the unique nature of the challenge it presents. There’s simply nothing else quite like it. The 4m 2 ½f and thirty fences make this no place for the faint hearted, with only the bravest and toughest of horses and jockeys likely to make their way to the winner’s enclosure.
As mentioned there are thirty obstacles standing between the contenders and glory as the runners line up each year, but these aren’t any old obstacles, with a few being almost as famous as the race itself. Becher’s Brook – named after Captain Martin Becher who took shelter at the base of this fence when falling in the very first national- is around ten inches lower on the landing side than on take-off and often takes runners by surprise.
Canal Turn meanwhile practically requires a horse to jump around a corner as it veers so sharply to the left on the landing side. Then there’s Foinavon-scene of a famous pile up in 1967 – and taking its name from the shock winner of that race, and Valentines which is allegedly named after a runner who jumped the fence backwards.
The popularity of any sporting event is inevitably aided by a stirring tale or two, and the Grand National has had more than most. From one of the most popular horses of all time, Red Rum, winning the race a remarkable three times in the 1970’s, to cancer survivor Bob Champion and the chronically injured, Aldaniti landing a heart rending renewal in 1981, the National has just about had it all.
Topical winners have also added to the mystique of the race throughout its history. The very first edition was taken by the appropriately named, Lottery, Party Politics won in the election year of 1992, the 1991 edition sponsored by the Canadian company, Seagram was won by a horse called… Seagram.
Heroes have been human as well as equine here over the years, with a number of trainers and jockeys etching their names into the history books. We have a four way tie in the training ranks with George Dockeray, Fred Rimell and Red Rum’s handler, Ginger McCain sitting on four wins apiece. Amongst the jockey’s, it is George Stevens who stands alone, with no one yet matching his total of five wins achieved between the years of 1856 and 1870.