In the United Kingdom, few sports events get the wider population more excited than the Grand National.
Even folks who would never usually consider placing a bet want to get in on the action when it comes to Aintree’s greatest race. In fact, it was estimated that £250 million was wagered in the UK on the big race in 2018.
Not bad at all.
This year, the race is set to be bigger than ever. More than this, the sense of occasion that surrounds the race will also be big, loud, and joyous.
There is no question that horse racing betting sites will be buzzing with action ahead of the race on April 6.
For those who are looking to get the best ante-post prices possible, the early bird truly does catch the worm.
Let’s take a look at the odds as they stand ahead of the 2019 Grand National.
Latest Grand National 2019 Odds
One For Arthur+2500
Rock The Kasbah+2500
Walk In The Mill+2500
Baie Des Iles+5000
Bless The Wings+6600
As you can see from the odds above, which have been provided by Bovada, there are some distinctive favorites and a number of outsiders.
The great thing about this race is that any horse can win it.
It is far from uncommon for outsiders to win the Grand National, and this can lead to many simply taking a shot on a horse due to their name or colors.
Of course, colors are not known just yet, so this leaves the long-shot hunters with some cool names.
Seasoned horse racing enthusiasts may prefer to study things like form and age ahead of the race, however.
The beauty is that you can simply pick the horse you want for whatever reason you choose to.
Still unsure what the Grand National is all about? Would you like to find out more?
I can certainly help with that.
What Is the Grand National?
Referred to as the “ultimate test of horse and rider,” the Grand National is widely regarded as the biggest race in the world.
In 2018, an estimated 600 million people tuned in to watch the action, making it a pretty big deal indeed.
This race is a National Hunt horse race which takes place each year at the world famous Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England.
The race carries a prize fund of £1 million.
Last year’s race saw an estimated 13 million people bet on the event, which goes to show just how much it is revered among horse racing fans and people of all backgrounds.
The inaugural year of the race was in 1839, too, which means there is a lot of history behind the event.
The race itself is a handicap steeplechase and is run over 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km). There are two laps and 30 fences for horses to overcome, making it one of the longest horse races in the world.
Of course, if you would like to learn even more about this prestigious race, why not check out our Grand National betting page?
If not, let’s move on to the big names and some tips for finding the best odds in the 2019 Grand National.
Grand National Betting Tips and Help
The average odds for a Grand National winner are 20/1 (+2000).
As such, there is an element of unpredictability that often leads to those wagering on the event doing so without any real strategy.
For the most part, this is a race that captures the attention of those who would not usually bet on horse racing at all.
As previously mentioned, many novice bettors or those who simply bet on the Grand National for fun will select a horse based on its name or colors. Any name that resonates with those who only bet on this event will be enough for those wagering to place the equivalent of a few dollars on it.
Of course, this is about as scientific as selecting a soccer team to win the FIFA World Cup because their star striker has the same hairstyle as your grandson.
Not to say that you can’t get lucky this way — hundreds of thousands, at very least, do so every single year — but it’s far from a smart way to bet.
For those who want a little more sophistication to their bets, it’s much better to consider the following factors.
How to Bet on the Grand National 2019
- Choose a horse that has a history of winning 3 mile+ races
- Your pick should have good experience racing over hurdles
- Look for horses that have won or placed in National races in the past
- Choose a horse aged 10+ as they have the best records in recent Grand Nationals — the last 7-year-old to win a race did so in 1940 (Bogskar)
- Consider horses bred and trained in Ireland — they have excellent records in recent years
- Follow the horse in the lead-up to the race
- Look for horses that were unplaced in the previous year’s Grand National — 5 of the past 17 winners followed this trend
- Keep a close eye on fitness and how much the horse has raced — many recent winners of the Grand National have not raced in the 40 days leading up to the event
- Shop around for the best prices you can get and always choose from one of the best horse racing betting sites out there
How Not to Bet on the Grand National 2019
- Never back the favorite without looking at the horse
- Refrain from picking a horse that has a history of falling or being unseated more than three times
- Don’t select a horse that hasn’t raced for 50 days or over before the day of the race
- Remember that choosing a horse aged 13 or over means that the winning stats are against you
- Also, horses that were worked hard at Cheltenham rarely perform well at the Grand National
Ten Horses to Keep an Eye On
Betting on the Grand National is set to be as intriguing as ever in 2019.
With an abundance of horses that command respect, there will be plenty of options for you to consider when the race gets going on April 6.
From last year’s winner to a few more obscure names, I have chosen ten of the horses I believe have what it takes to be crowned 2019’s champion.
Let’s take a look.
Last year’s Grand National winner will certainly be worthy of a shot this time around.
The 9-year-old, Gordon Elliott-trained runner will become the first horse to win back-to-back Grand Nationals since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 if he can do it.
Prior to winning the race with Tiger Roll in 2018, Elliott also won in 2007 with Silver Birch.
A hattrick of wins would truly be something for Elliott.
Tiger Roll is the current bookmakers’ favorite at odds of +400.
The Willie Mullins-trained Rathvinden is a horse that will attract massive betting support for this year’s Grand National.
A winner of the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse recently, Mullins will be hoping that the horse emulates 2015’s Hedgehunter.
Hedgehunter, another product of the Mullins stable, was the last horse to win the Bobbyjo Chase and Grand National. If the 11-year-old can repeat this feat, it would surely mean the world to Mullins and the team.
If Ruby Walsh decides to ride the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup winner, expect his odds to be slashed.
Last year saw Anibale Fly make a remarkable gallop to fourth, losing out by just 11 lengths.
Although the J.P. McManus-owned horse is 9 years old, he has sound experience.
The Irish flyer finished second at this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup — and third in 2018. As things stand, he is widely believed to be up there with the best in this year’s Grand National.
An Aintree specialist, Anibale Fly is classy and has the stamina to boot.
You can expect a solid performance from Anibale Fly, so don’t expect odds of +1200 to be around for too much longer.
2018’s runner up is another horse that is widely tipped for glory this year.
Trained by the highly revered Willie Mullins, Pleasant Company can hand the Irishman a second win in the race if he can improve on last year’s excellent performance.
Should he win, the 11-year-old will emulate Neptune Collonges (2012), Auroras Encore (2013), and Pineau De Re (2014), who all won at the ripe age.
While he will carry the same weight into this race (10st 11), some believe that his recent form is probably a bad omen ahead of the Grand National.
Then again, others believe that he could be saving his best performance for April 6.
The champion of 2017, One For Arthur missed out on last year’s race due to injury.
With the frustration of 2018 behind him, the Lucinda Russell-trained horse is believed to be ready to challenge for this year’s title, too.
The 10-year-old will certainly see his price drop as the race approaches, with many gamblers fondly remembering his triumph two years prior.
One For Arthur is certainly proven on the course and will have to carry more than the 10st 11lbs he did in 2017 if he is to win in 2019.
As intimated above, don’t expect odds of +2500 to be there for much longer.
You have to go back 68 years to find the last time a mare won the Grand National.
In 2018, she was a runner up at Cheltenham and Aintree and looks set to make an impression at this year’s Grand National.
The 8-year-old, trained by Anthony Honeyball, will certainly perform well if she can make it to the race in one piece.
A horse that runs well on soft to heavy ground, Ms Parfois can put a disappointing year behind her with a good finish on April 6.
General Principle is one of the most exciting horses heading into the race.
The Irish Grand National winner in 2017, the horse has bags of stamina and should be up there with the leaders heading into the latter stages of the race.
The Gordon Elliott-trained horse is a product of the Gigginstown House Stud, which is owned by Michael O’Leary, boss of Ireland’s budget airline Ryanair.
The 10-year-old certainly looks a great prospect at +2500 but does tend to perform best on softer ground.
Another horse that will likely see his odds slashed in the days leading up to the race, expect General Principle to be popular among betting enthusiasts.
A horse that could really surprise people, Ultragold is a two-time Topham Chase winner who has looked excellent over the fences at Aintree.
The Colin Tizzard-trained 11-year-old looks a great bet at odds of +3300, which are great value for his talent and pedigree.
Could Ultragold bring Tizzard his first ever Grand National victory?
He will be carrying just 10st 3 on the day, which certainly makes things easier.
Blaklion will hopefully make his third consecutive appearance at the Grand National on April 6.
If he is there, you would have to give the 2017 Becher Chase winner a good shot on the day.
While 2018 saw him fall at the first fence, he ran in at fourth in 2017.
What makes this 10-year-old a serious contender is his handle of the course.
He has a proven record at Aintree, and his trainer Philip Kirby will be keen to show the world what he can do.
Second place at the Scottish Grand National in 2018, Ballyoptic, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, is certainly in with a shout in this race.
While he will be making his debut in the Grand National, Twiston-Davies will be aiming for a third victory in the prestigious race (after 1998 and 2002).
The 9-year-old has bags of potential and can certainly go all the way.
At a price of +3300, he is good value; that’s for certain.
Hopefully, you now know a little bit more about betting on the Grand National.
2019’s race is set to be a real treat for racing fans, who can potentially win some nice cash from getting their predictions right.
While the race itself can be a lottery at the best of times (evidently, the winner of the first ever Grand National was called “Lottery”), wagering smart can help you win your bets.
As always, the odds of the 40-strong horse race will vary depending on the caliber of each horse. That said, there is a great opportunity to win big given how many horses feature in the race.
To the seasoned horse race betting enthusiasts, the amount of strategy and brainpower that goes into betting on the Grand National probably isn’t as intense as it would be with other races.
For those who only bet on the Grand National, it’s a once-in-a-year chance to win some money on a horse race.
But to everyone, it should be nothing less than lots of fun.
Good luck with those bets!