Grand National Betting Tips and Odds

Tipsters Review - 09-Apr-2018

 

Grand National Betting Tips and Odds

 


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The Grand National is one of the most exciting events on the international horse racing calendar and is without a doubt the most popular and prolific race in the UK. A total of 40 runners will compete in the 2018 Aintree Grand National. Runners will compete over 4 miles and 514 yards, with a total of 30 fences to jump over in the steeplechase.

The betting markets for the Grand National haven’t changed too much since the list of possible entrants was released in January, although odds have moved, given handicaps and recent race results. 73 runners now remain. If you plan on making a bet, keep in mind that the Grand National is a handicap event, so you are betting on whether the horse can overcome the extra weight that it carries to win the race.

Betting is also at the ante-post stage, so any bets you make now won’t be returned if the horse doesn’t run. This often means that you will get a better price on the odds before the final 40 runners are confirmed, but will bear more risk that your horse won’t even compete.

The favourites to win the Grand National are currently Total Recall and Blaklion, who both have around 10/1 odds on BetStars. Nigel Twinston-Davies’ entry Blaklion has been a favourite for a while, after winning the Becher Chase on the Grand National course in December, as well as coming 4th in the Aintree Grand National last year. He carries an 11st 6lb handicap.

Total Recall has moved up the ranks recently to become a favourite and has performed impressively since joining trainer Willie Mullins. Previously set at around 16/1 odds, Total Recall’s form is excellent right now, with recent wins at the Munster National, Ladbrokes Trophy and a handicap hurdle at Leopardstown.

Minella Rocco has been given the biggest weight for the handicap, implying that he should be in great shape to win, but bookies seem unconvinced that he can overcome his handicap and have given the horse around 16/1 to win the Grand National. Meanwhile, last year’s winner One For Arthur will be out with an injury.

Tiger Roll was looking like a solid outside bet and has had his odds cut massively as of late, following a victory at the Glenfardes Chase at Cheltenham. He took the National Hunt Chase last year and the Triumph Hurdle in 2014, and he is now in great shape for a Grand National run. A bet on Tiger Roll just a few weeks ago would have offered much better odds, but now you can expect to get around 12/1.

 

 

If you are looking to take a bit more of a punt, I Just Know is a great option; this contender’s odds were recently slashed from around 100/1 to 40/1. Sue Smith’s entry has a nice, low weight of 10st 4lb to overcome and is a great jumper who is in top form. Sue Smith won the Grand National in 2013 with her outside entry Aurora Encore, so anything is possible this time round.

(Please remember, all information and advice given here is not to be taken as professional betting tips or strategy. It’s up to you to choose a horse and to make bets within your limits. Please enjoy the race responsibly.)

 


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