Grand National Betting Tips, Offers and Free Bets – 5.15 at Aintree, Saturday 8th April 2017
The biggest betting weekend of the year is upon us once again, with the Grand National rolling around. Even though the distance has been reduced to four miles and two furlongs, it’s still the longest race in the UK. While its random nature and wide interest put off many racing fans, it’s always worth a punt on the National. If you’re stuck for a name to back, you can check out our betting tips below.
Grand National Free Bets and Bonuses
While most bookies are dropping their free bets and welcome bonuses on the day of the Grand National, these top firms are still giving new customers the chance to claim a bonus:
- Bet365 – 100% deposit bonus of up to £200 for new customers
- Betfair – Join Betfair and bet £20 and you’ll get £20 in free bets
- 10Bet – 100% bonus of up to £100 for new customers
- William Hill – Join the bookie, bet £10 and get a £5 free bet
Grand National Betting Tips and Offers
- Cause of Causes To Win at 14/1 with Bet365 – £200 Bonus for New Customers
- Raz De Maree Each Way at 40/1 with BetVictor – Paying out to SIX places on each way bets
Grand National Betting Offers
- RaceBets – New Customer Offer: Back any horse in the 2017 Grand National at enhanced odds of 100/1 – £1.00 maximum bet, must mobile verify the offer, use bonus code GN1001 and please read all terms and conditions on the RaceBets site before accepting the offer – VISIT RACEBETS NOW
The 2017 National could be one of the most open in recent memory, with so many jockeying just to be favourite come 5pm on Saturday. There’s a lot of competition in that top order, while recent editions have seen huge odds winners. This is a race set up for shocks, so the fact that we can’t even predict who will start as favourite is a pretty good sign.
Of those towards the top of the betting, we’ve picked out Cause of Causes as our pick to watch. The nine-year-old is a 14/1 chance with Betfair at the time of writing, following a win at the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham. That proves that the Gordon Elliot trained contender has the stamina for the National, and that’s key. The last 45 winners have all won over at least three miles heading in to the race.
If Cause of Causes can reach the same level as he did at Cheltenham, then he’ll at least be contending on Saturday. While many try and swerve the frontrunners in this race, we think Elliot has a chance of a National win with the nine-year-old. If you’re searching for a horse capable of keeping pace at the top, while being able to cover the demanding distance, then we suggest backing him at 14/1 with Betfair.
If those odds are a little too short, then it’s worth taking a look at outsider Raz De Maree. The 12-year-old may be pushing it in terms of age, but a victory in Cork earlier this season shows he is still in shape to contend in the National. A late comeback at the Cork Grand National Handicap Chase earned that victory, and it’s marked the Gavin Cromwell trained horse out as our each-way pick.
That kind of late surge has us imagining the 12-year-old pushing for the lead late in the National, so it should keep an each way punter interested until the final stages. We’re backing Raz De Maree as the best value outsider, priced at 40/1 with BetFred. He’s also a 33/1 shot with BetVictor, who are paying six places on the National. Given the packed field, that could prove crucial.