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The Grand National Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

It’s the most famous race in the world – it’s so popular that even your Nan likes to have a bet on it.

A key part of UK culture but it’s also followed around the world, and over 600 million people tune in annually to watch one of the most exhilarating races on the calendar.

It was one of the sporting casualties of 2020 thanks to COVID but this April all eyes will be back on Aintree to see who will land the big one.

In what’s sure to be another thrilling contest, we’ll be with you every step of the way with the latest Grand National odds, betting news, and those all-important juicy offers and Odds Boosts.

Our Top Welcome Offers For The Grand National 2021

Every year, the bookies offer some fantastic Grand National offers including free bets, money-back offers, and extra places on the big race.

We’ve listed below some of the current top offers – perfect for using on the Grand National this year.

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Why Bet On The Grand National?

Run over 4 miles and 2½ furlongs with 30 fences to jump, the Grand National is one of the most thrilling races of the year and it offers a ton of betting opportunities.

For many, it’s a family ritual – some closely studying the form while others make their choices based on the horse’s name or the jockey’s silks.

With 40 runners, it’s a lottery but that’s half the fun – and it regularly sees big-priced winners such as Mon Mome at 100/1 in 2009 and Auroras Encore at 33/1 in 2013.

The National was famously won three times by the legend Red Rum, and Tiger Roll won the race in 2018 and 2019 – with Tiger set to be an absentee this year though, who will take advantage?

Top Horses In The Grand National 2021

This year’s Grand National will be run on Saturday 10th April, with 40 runners set to go to post.

At this stage, there are still a lot of runners entered but the top four in the betting right now are:

  • Cloth Cap – The current favourite, owned by Trevor Hemmings who’s won the race three times before with Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs, and Many Clouds.
  • Burrows Saint – Winner of the Irish Grand National in 2019 he’ll have no issue with the marathon trip at Aintree and could give trainer Willie Mullins his second Grand National winner.
  • Secret Reprieve – He won the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in January and with only a few miles on the clock, he’s open to plenty of improvement.
  • Any Second Now – Trained in Ireland by Ted Walsh who won the Grand National in 2000 with Papillon – could he provide owner JP McManus with another big race success?

What Happened Last Year?

COVID happened, sadly meaning that the 2020 Grand National was cancelled.

Tiger Roll was the favourite for last year’s race as he looked to win the National for a record third consecutive time having been successful in 2018 and 2019.

Trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll is famously owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and has captured people’s hearts in both the UK and Ireland.

Sadly though, Tiger Roll will not be running in this year’s National due to connections being unhappy at the weight he had been allocated – Red Rum’s record is safe… for now.

Grand National - FAQ

Many of the leading bookmakers offer extra places on the Grand National so if you’re fancying an each-way bet, make sure to shop around.

For us, the top three Grand National bookies are bet365, Paddy Power, and BetVictor - they all offer competitive odds and extra places on the big race.

The race is free to watch on ITV Racing and is also available on Racing TV. If you have a bet on the race online though, the majority of the top bookies will also allow you to stream the race live to your laptop or mobile phone.

With the current COVID restrictions in the UK, it’s highly unlikely that any fans will be allowed at Aintree this year.

The Grand National is run at Aintree, near Liverpool, and the race is run on the Saturday afternoon of a three-day meeting.