Grand National Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 17.15 at Aintree, Saturday 14th April 2018
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 2018 Betting Tips
- Tiger Roll to win at 12/1 with Betfair
- Captain Redbeard each way at 25/1 with Bet365
NB – Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Grand National 2018 Betting Offers
- Coral – Bet £5, Get £5 Free Bet – 18+. UK+IRE only. Min deposit £5. Certain payment methods and cashout excluded. Min first bet £5. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. Free bet credited upon placement of qualifying bet, valid for 24 hours. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs Apply. This Sports Promotion is available from 23:59 Thursday 12/04/18 until 18:30 Saturday 14/04/18
- SportNation – Bet £10, Get £10 in Bonus Funds – Register with SportNation adding your deposit code SNGN10 where prompted to do so on first deposit. Your first deposit must be £10. On successfully making your first deposit, you will receive a £10 bonus. Place a series of bets at minimum odds of 1.6 with a minimum stake equal to the combined value of 2x your deposit amount and bonus funds received and once such bets have settled, any bonus funds and winnings remaining will become withdrawal.
- RaceBets 50/1 on Blaklion to win Grand National – New customer offer. £/€1 max bet. Enter bonus code: BLAKLION50 before first bet. Enhanced winnings paid as bonus cash within 2 hours 3x wagering required at odds of 1.5+. UK/Irish customers only. Valid until 14/04 17:15pm BST T&C’s Apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org.
- Other Grand National Betting Offers 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 2018 Betting Offers article!
Grand National 2018 Tips and Preview
The Cheltenham Festival is in the books for another year, and the Easter Eggs have been successfully put away but there’s a rather big treat still to come for racing fans.
Turn the telly on, put your phone on flight mode and give the kids something to play with – it’s time for the Grand National. Run over four miles, two and a half furlongs and with a huge field of 40 potential winners, the Grand National is the biggest single event in racing and a true highlight of the British sporting calendar. It’s also an incredibly challenging betting puzzle but if you get it right, the rewards are excellent.
Tiger Roll’s Endless Stamina Can Secure Another National for Elliott
Gordon Elliott trained the winner of a Grand National back in 2007 when Silver Birch won for owner, Brain Walsh. Elliott was still a young trainer back then at just 29 and in the years that have passed his reputation has sky rocketed.
Elliott is now used to winning the biggest National Hunt races thanks to his qualities as a trainer and his partnership with the Gigginstown Stud group of owners. The Elliott/Gigginstown combination provided the winner of the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday and they’ll fancy their chances of another success at Aintree thanks to the form of Tiger Roll.
Michael O’Leary, one of the main players at Gigginstown, described Tiger Roll as “a little rat of a thing” after the eight-year-old’s hugely impressive win in the Glenfarclas Chase. O’Leary also said that there is no trip too long for Tiger Roll and that Cheltenham triumph certainly showed that this small horse has a massive engine whilst proving he can get it done on soft ground.
The fences at Aintree remain very challenging but changes due to safety concerns mean the Grand National is not quite the test of jumping it once was. It’s much more about stamina now and in that regard there may be no horse in the race who can live with Tiger Roll, especially as he’s carrying nearly a stone less than the top weighted horse, Minella Rocco. He’s been well backed for the National since Cheltenham but still looks a good price at 12/1 with Betfair.
Captain Redbeard Will Enjoy the Softer Ground
The eyes of those in racing have very much been on the sky ahead of the 2018 Grand National. A series of very wet days in the Aintree area have left the course soft, heavy in places leading punters to seek out horses with previous good form on soft ground. Captain Redbeard is one of those who stands out having done most of his good work when there is cut in the ground.
Although Stuart Coltherd’s nine-year-old has won more money at Haydock than any other course, he’s more than just a typical mudlark with wins on good to soft ground. Still, he’ll prefer a gentler pace which, if he gets, could be the springboard for at least a place at 25/1 with Bet365.
Tempting Each Way Options Galore
Many punters have more than one option for the Grand National and each way betting is the norm. If you’re looking for a few tempting options, consider Shantou Flyer (40/1 with Coral), Carlingfor Lough (50/1 with BetVictor) and Perfect Candidate (66/1 with Coral).
Grand National Previous Winners
- 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.