Grand National Betting Tips, Offers and Free Bets – 5.15 at Aintree, Saturday 9th April 2016
The Grand National is the biggest horse race in the world and is the one race for which people who never usually have a bet go out of their way to have a flutter. Some of the bookies embrace the event with special offers and free bets, while others run scared, fearful that the once-a-year punters will grab a free bet, win a load of cash and never be seen again (until the following April perhaps!).
Whether you are a racing aficionado or only ever have a bet on the Grand National, here we bring you the latest betting tips, offers and free bets for what is perhaps the great horse race of them all.
Grand National Betting Offers 2016
- BetVictor – Paying each way up to six places; Non Runner, No Bet; cash refund if your horse refuses at the start – VISIT BETVICTOR
- Bet365 – Best Odds Guaranteed; Non Runner No Bet; Paying Five Places on Each Way Bets; Bonuses of up to £200 for new customers – VISIT BET365
- Betfair – Non Runner No Bet; Paying 1/4 odds on first five places for each way bets – VISIT BETFAIR
- Others to be added soon… –
Grand National Leading Contenders 2016
BetVictor – Paying Six Places on the Grand National
BetVictor are paying out up to six places on each way bets for the 2016 Grand National at a quarter of the odds – CLICK HERE?
- Many Clouds – Last year’s winner and the favourite for the 2016 renewal, Many Clouds has the stamina and jumping ability to do very well at Aintree once again. Proved he can handle a tough handicap, he’ll need to do the same this time if he’s to win again (priced at 8/1 with Betfair and others).
- Shutthefrontdoor – This Jonjo O’Neill-trained Irish Grand National winner was well backed last year, partly because AP McCoy was in the saddle in the legendary jockey’s final Grand National race. He finished a creditable fifth last year and at a nice price of 25/1 with 888sport this time around, he will appeal to many.
- Silviniaco Conti – The two-time King George VI winner is being given a tilt at the Grand National after failing on three occasions to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Will he have the stamina (or the stomach) for this monster of a race? Time will tell, but if you think he has a chance, back him at 12/1 with Coral.
- The Druids Nephew – This Irish nine-year-old attracted a fair bit of interest last year after he was victorious in the Festival Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival. He was travelling well in the National at Aintree before falling and if he gets over the obstacles this year he has a decent chance of glory at odds of 16/1 with Ladbrokes.
- Cause Of Causes – Trained by Gordon Elliott, the American eight-year-old Cause Of Causes won at Cheltenham this year and last year and after a decent eighth place in last year’s National he is sure to attract interest at odds of 20/1 with Coral. He’s a very reliable jumper with plenty of stamina and as such looks like another decent each way shout.
- Saint Are – Came in second in last year’s renewal when seen as punching above his weight, but we think this stamina-rich runner might have just enough to go one better this year, or at the very least nick a place at 25/1 with Bet365.
- The Last Samurai – Priced at 12/1 with most bookies, The Last Samurai looks a real contender after a string of fine performances with eight wins from his 14 runs to date. He didn’t quite hit the mark on his only previous trip to Aintree (in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle in 2014) but he could surprise a few people at the 2016 Grand National.
Which horse will win the Grand National in 2016?
Trying to accurately predict the outcome of the Grand National is, let’s face it, bloody difficult. There are so many variables that need to be taken into account that even a vast supercomputer that analysed all available information in agonisingly miniscule detail would give no guarantees of success. In short, if the horse you back even completes the Grand National, you’re doing well.
So what should you look for when trying to decide which horse to back in the Grand National? Well, perhaps the most significant factor of all is whether the horse has made it round the National course in one piece previously. It doesn’t necessarily have to have been in the Grand National itself (though that would obviously give reassurance) but victories or solid performances in the Foxhunter Chase or the Topham Chase – both run at Aintree over the same fences during the Grand National Festival – are worth taking note of.
Given that the obstacles found in the National are unlike those found in conventional steeplechases, horses who are able to jump solidly in all conditions are clearly going to be better placed that those who regularly fall or unseat their riders over fences.
Stamina is another key factor, which again is fairly obvious given the monster distance of four miles and three and half furlongs of the Grand National certainly takes no prisoners. You will often find that many of the horses have never attempted anything nearly as long in distance as the Grand National, but don’t necessarily discount them altogether; if such horses have stayed on well over shorter distances and looked like they had more to give, haven’t stuttered over the final fences and have generally travelled well even if under pressure, they could be ones to watch.
So which horse will win the 2016 Grand National?
Okay, it’s time to nail our colours to the mast. We think last year’s runner up, Saint Are, looks a fantastic each way shout at 25/1 with Bet365 – especially with the bookie paying out 1/4 odds for a top five finish and offering best odds guaranteed and non runner no bet!