So before the Grand National gets underway at Aintree on April 6, here’s how to place your bets, find the best free bets and more...
How To Bet On A Horse At The Grand NationalBetting on the Grand National is many people’s only wager of the year so can prove confusing for many who look to navigate through online bookmakers.
But it really doesn’t need to be a hardship and betting on horse racing can be incredibly simple, particularly the Grand National.
The entire process of placing a bet on the Grand National can be done in just a few clicks. To bet on any market via online bookmakers just take these simple steps…
- Log in or sign up to the online bookmaker you wish to play with
- Visit the horse racing section of the website and find the Grand National markets
- Click the selection/odds in which you wish to place a bet on
- You’ll then find this in your betslip. Enter your stake into the betslip and click E/W if you wish to bet Each Way.
- Click Place bet and your bet will be active
Reading The Racecard Basics
If you wish to really study the horse racing form a little more than a racecard really can tell you everything you need to know about the horses running the Grand National.
Above you’ll find an example of a racecard and notice that there are various numbers and pieces of information noted across it.
Below you’ll find the meaning behind everything you might find on a racecard ahead of the big day.
The largest name on a racecard is that of the horse and will be ordered downwards in order of the odds the bookmakers are offering.
The favourite will feature at the top and work downwards in order of how well they are fancied by bookmakers. The smaller name on the card underneath the horse is that of the jockey, while you’ll also find the trainer and owner.
The age of the horse and weight and official rating is also found on the racecard as you move right and the horse’s form, perhaps the most important part of the racecard can be found beside the horse’s name. This usually looks a little like this 121-345.
You’ll find various numbers and letters within a horse’s form. The numbers signify the position of the horse in its previous races, while below you’ll find a number of other figures with their meaning…
0 - Didn’t finish the race in the first nine horse’s
F - The horse fell during the race
U - The horse unseated the rider in the race
P - Pulled up and didn’t finish the race
B - The horse was brought down by another horse
R - The horse refused to race or jump during it
Types Of Grand National BetsThere are many different types of bet you can place during the Grand National with the most common and simple being To Win and Each Way wagers.
To Win BetsTo win bets are wagers on the horse you think will win the race. They’re simple to understand and all you have to do is select the horse you’re backing to win and enter your stake within the betslip.
If that horse wins, you win.
Many bookmakers will also allow you to bet on by how far it’ll win, so for example you may be able to bet on a horse to win by four lengths in a race. This adds an extra dimension to your bet and will boost your odds as ultimately it’s harder to win.
Each Way BetsEach Way bets are bets that are split into two and require you to double your stake.
What they do is back the horse to win the Grand National or place. To place a horse will usually have to finish in the top three or four, although it does depend on the bookmaker and number of horses in a race.
If the horse wins, you will receive your winnings for both parts of your bet. If it only places, you will lose your stake from the To Win section, but win the Each Way section, which is usually offered at 1/5 of the odds.
Grand National Free Bets & OffersAs the race approaches you’ll find dozens of brilliant free bets offered by bookmakers which you can play on both the above markets.
The likes of Paddy Power, William Hill and BetVictor always have magnificent promotions, with the former currently offering punters a risk free £20 bet to new customers.
Here at Bet & Skill we’ll make sure you’re delivered all the latest Grand National free bets, which can be found in all our horse racing previews and our Promotions page, making sure you don’t miss out on a single one.
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And now... ready to place your bets? Head over to our Bookmakers Page to find the right site for you and bet on your Grand National favourite today.
If you need a bit of inspiration, here are the current favourites for the race ahead of April 6…
Tiger Roll - 7/2
Rathvinden - 10/1
Anibale Fly - 12/1
Vintage Clouds - 14/1
Lake View Lad - 14/1
Pleasant Company - 20/1
Pairofbrowneyes - 25/1
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