Horse racing has a long association with betting. Therefore, it’s no surprise that punters are already on the lookout for some of the most enticing Grand National betting offers for 2020. Many will have even made an ante-post bet already; with odds for the big day shaping up at the bookmakers. As a quarter of the UK adult population place bets on the riders of the Grand National, and with the majority of us selecting a horse simply on their name alone, we take a look at some of the favourites and outsiders to draw a clearer picture. The full festival will take place from April 2nd until April 4th 2020 just after the Cheltenham Festival 2020. The main race will take place on Saturday 4th April 2020.
Grand National Betting Offers 2020
With an estimated viewership of 500 to 600 million across more than 140 different nations; there is no other horse race that quite captures the imagination of the general public like the Grand National. Held at the famous Aintree racecourse in Liverpool; the race is over 4-miles and 514 yards. Treacherous fences make this meeting one of the most entertaining and exciting races in the calendar. As with every year, bookmakers have a number of Grand National Betting Offers for punters to take advantage of in 2020.
The Chair, Becher’s Brook and Canal Turn are just a few of the famous spots throughout the circuit. They have caused many big names problems in the past, and they are once again set to test the favourites in April 2020. The race is often decided on the Flat over the final furlong. In 1956 Devon Loch, owned by the Queen Mother, slipped up after looking like a certain winner. In 1973 Red Run overhauled Crisp 50 yards from the finish after Crisp 50 had led from the start for almost the whole four miles of the race. With a maximum field of 40 runners, it is easy to understand why the Grand National betting offers 2020 will provide punters with so much excitement.
Grand National 2020 Preview
The 2020 Grand National will once again take place on 4th of April. There will be an audience of over 70,000 sampling the unique atmosphere at Aintree; while over 10 million will be tuning in from the comfort of their own homes in the UK. The Grand National is famed for its unpredictability, however, it is still important to check out the form guides before selecting your horse. Just five 100/1 shots have triumphed at Aintree in the past century, with Rule The World three years ago providing one of the biggest shocks in recent history.
Grand National Thursday
The 2020 Grand National promises to be the biggest and most populated in history, with so much happening both on and off the circuit. Drama, passion and all the thrills and spills you can imagine will take place over three days at Aintree. From Grand Opening Day one (also known as Liverpool Day) to the main event itself. The opening day offers some high-quality horse racing action, with four Grade 1 races featuring some of the best jockeys, horses and trainers.
With significant prize money on offer, as well as well as outstanding entertainment and live music to enjoy, Grand Opening Day is starting to gain in popularity. As for punters, the opening day is actually one of the best for placing a bet. Many bookmakers will stop offering bonuses and free bets on the day of the Grand National, Saturday 4th, 2020, while on Thursday you can still make full use of those available!
Day two at Aintree is famously known as Ladies Day. As well as the high-class entertainment on the track, a ladies fashion event has women from across the globe competing for the most stylish race goer. There are generous prizes so it is easy to see why some take it so seriously. Along with the smarter dress code on day two comes a heightened level of seriousness on the racing front. Classic races such as the Topham Chase and Melling Chase provide plenty of opportunities for punters to win big.
Grand National Day
Finally, the big day! The Grand National race itself receives substantially more money for a single betting event than any other in the world. Everyone wants to get in on the action with many Grand National Betting offers. 70,000 lucky people taste the unique atmosphere at Aintree every year. Furthermore, millions of others watch it at home! The whole world seemingly stops for ten minutes while the National gets underway.
With 40 jockeys lucky enough to line up for the race on the famous course, the real question is how many will be able to last the 30 fences and over 4 miles? Whether you have just a £1 each way on the outsider or £100 on the favourite, the excitement of backing a possible winner of the Grand National, especially when you’ve used Grand National Betting Offers, is indescribable. A win in the National will earn legendary status for the jockeys, horses, owners and trainers! Prize money of up to £1 million for the main race alone justifies such infatuation.
With the 2020 chasing season soon getting underway in the UK, many of the leading candidates for the 2020 Grand National will be taking part in races over the coming months in order to get back into the swing. The Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree, along with the King George VI Stakes at Kempton on Boxing Day could well give us a better indication of the chances of many horses. There are Grand National betting offers for these other renown races in the festival. Trainers will anxiously wait in the wings to select their riders for the big day.
Last year Tiger Roll won the Grand National for the second successive year as the 4/1 favourite. No horse has won the race three years in succession so Tiger Roll could make history in the Grand National 2020. The owners, who also own the budget airline Ryanair, have not confirmed that Tiger Roll will run in the Grand National 2020. However, surely they will not forgo the opportunity for their horse to go into the record books as the first horse to win three Grand Nationals in a row.
The 8-year-old, Magic Of Light, finished second in 2019 at 66/1. The horse was ridden by Paddy Kennedy and trained by Jessica Harrington who has never won the Grand National. Rathvinden, ridden by Ruby Walsh, finished third at 8/1. The next finishers were Walk In The Mill and Anibale Fly. There were 19 finishers from a full field of 40 runners. Only three horses fell and 14 were pulled up by the jockey.
Tiger Roll had won the 2018 Grand National at an SP of 10-1. Blaklion was also one of the biggest favourites, but he was brought down at the very first fence, opening the way to Tiger Roll to win the race. Tiger Roll was also pretty big favourite after winning the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival earlier that year.
According to some opinions, because of his small stature, the horse wouldn’t handle the big Grand National fences. However, with a 10-13 weight, he succeeded to prove them false. At 9 years-old this horse could be easily run in another three Grand Nationals.
Pleasant Company took the second place. His jockey won the race in 2016 so a lot of hopes were put into that horse. The third-placed was Bless The Wings, trained by the Irish champion trainer, Gordon Elliott who also trains Tiger Roll. Anibale Fly trained by Tony Martin finished fourth and Milansbar was fifth. The 2018 Grand National favourite was definitely Blaklion. However, the horse didn’t finish as expected.
When it comes to 2017 Grand National, there was much jubilation north of the border in the UK as Scottish trained horse One For Arthur became the first horse to win the Grand National in 38 years. At 14/1, One For Arthur was well fancied, despite his trainers admitting they didn’t think he had much of a chance. They had only bought him three years previously for £60,000 because they wanted a new hobby. What a hobby it turned out to be! One For Arthur was entered in the 2019 Grand National. We can expect the same for the Grand National in 2020.
One For Arthur’s victory, at 8 years of age in 2017 and Tiger Roll’s victories, at 8 years of age in 2018 and 9 in 2019, meant the last 5 horses to win the national have been either 8 or 9. In fact, the average age of National winners is 8.8, meaning you should always look at horses around this age. Definitely avoid horses that are 7 or younger, as the last horse in this age group to win the race was in 1940.
Older horses so have some success though. Between 2010 and 2014, the winners were more mature. 10 and 11-year-olds Don’t Push It, Ballabriggs, Neptune Collonges, Auroras Encore, and Pineau De Re won the race. Only eight winners since 1950 have been older than 11 though, with Amberleigh House in 1995 at 12 years old being the last.
Unfortunately, One For Arthur picked up an injury that kept him out of the 2018 Grand National but the horse finished sixth in 2019. What will happen this year? Who’s going to be the next winner in April? With not long to go the big day at Aintree, owners and trainers alike are preparing their star assets for the race, while punters will be looking to take advantage of some of the Grand National betting offers and bonuses on offer from the bookmakers.
Trainer & Jockey Records
Just three trainers have won the Grand National a record four times. George Dockeray was the first to do so between 1839 and 1852. Next was Fred Rimell between 1956 and 1976. Finally, Ginger McCain! He famously trained Red Rum, the only triple National winner (1973, 1974 and 1977), as well as Amberleigh House most recently in 2004. Gordon Elliott becomes a four-time winner if Tiger Roll wins the 2020 Grand National.
As far as jockeys are concerned, George Stevens still leads the way with five wins in the 19th century. In the modern era, Ruby Walsh and Leighton Aspell are the only multiple winners. Respectively on Papillon and Hedgehunter, and Pineau Du Re and Many Clouds. Even the much acclaimed Sir Anthony McCoy could only manage one Grand National win, back in 2010 with Don’t Push It. He does, however, hold the record for the most Nationals ran, with the Irishman competing in 20 races before his retirement.
10 Year Grand National Trends
With the first ever Grand National taking place back in 1839, the history of the famous race is there for all to see. It has gone on to be run every year since, aside from five years during the Second World War, along with the 1993 race being declared void due to problems at the start. For those who like to look into the statistics of the iconic race meeting, here are some of the most relevant trends from the last ten years at Aintree:
- Average age of winner: 8.8
- 27 of the last 28 runners raced no more than 55 days previously.
- 27 out of 28 runners were officially rated 137 or higher.
- Best trainer record: Gordon Elliott is the only trainer with three wins this century: Silver Birch in 2007 and Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019.
- Best jockey record: Davy Russell, Leighton Aspell and Ruby Walsh have two wins to their name.
Stamina is clearly the number one requirement for any horse hoping to challenge at the front in the Grand National, as the course is longer than the vast majority of races held throughout the season. As well as this, with some of the most hazardous fences in the business, a solid jumper is also a must, while luck is sure to play some part along the way. There is also rare that the winner is the race favourite. Only 4 times since the turn of the millennium has the favourite, or joint-favourite won the race.
The much anticipated ante-post market for the Grand National is available almost immediately after the previous race, with bookmakers updating their odds throughout the year as a result of trials, races and the publication of the weights. The Grand National is a handicap race, meaning that each horse is allocated a weight based on the previous form. With little to separate many of the favourites at this stage, here is a run through of some of the names to look out for. The following five horses were prominent in the ante-post betting for the 2020 Grand National when this article was completed:
Tiger Roll could make history by becoming the first horse to win three Grand Nationals in succession. The only current three-time winner is Red Rum who won the race in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and was also second in two Grand Nationals. The owners of Tiger Roll said their horse will not take part in the 2020 Grand National if the handicapper allocates too much weight. However, Tiger Roll won the race with something in hand in 2019 and has a great chance of recording three wins in a row in the 2020 Grand National.
Anibale Fly is a 10-year-old. He finished 3rd in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017 and fourth in the 2018 Grand National and fifth last year. The horse is still young enough to finally win the Grand National. His trainer, Tony Martin has got no wins so far, but his owner, the popular JP McManus, won the Grand National in 2010.
The key to Anibale Fly’s chances is the weight the horse will be asked to carry compared to Tiger Roll. Anibale Fly has completed the race in the last two years and is a leading contender for the 2020 Grand National.
Blaklion finished fourth in the 2017 Grand National, having looked like the most likely winner for most of the race. The horse did not get further than the first fence 12 months later and injury prevented another Grand National run in 2019. Blaklion is a classy horse who won the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016.
The horse has finished in the first four in two graded races at the Aintree Grand National meeting. Age could be an issue but if the handicapper relents Blaklion can make the 2020 Grand National payout places.
Native River has run in the last three Cheltenham Gold Cups. The horse won the race in 2018 but was outpaced by faster horses the following year. It takes a special horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National and Native River has the attributes to complete the double. The horse is a sound jumper and has the stamina to excel in both races.
One factor that could count against Native River is his age but maturity has brought experience and reliable jumping. Colin Tizzard has not trained the winner but he could in the 2020 Grand National.
MAGIC OF LIGHT
Magic Of Light finished second behind Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National. The horse will be aged 9 at the time of the 2020 Grand National so is in the right age group. Jessica Harrington trains the horse and trained the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017, Sizing John.
Magic of Light carried eight pounds less than Tiger Roll in 2019 and was beaten comfortably. The relative weight allocation for the race will determine if Magic Of light can reverse the form and win the 2020 Grand National.
Further 2020 Grand National Betting Offers
With the Grand National attracting over £150 million in wagers from every corner of the globe, punters are always on the lookout for attractive offers to lend a helping hand. Grand National Betting Offers like Free bets, money back guarantees and enhanced odds are all available in the build-up to the big day. Many bookmakers offer some enticing bonuses for you to utilise.
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Grand National Betting Offers Markets
In the week leading up to the Grand National, a whole host of markets will open up that are unique to the famous race. You can bet on the following markets, but make sure you’ve signed up for the various Grand National Betting offers before placing your bets:
- Race winner
- Each way one quarter the odds for the first six places
- Top 4 finish
- Age of winner
- Trainer of winner
- Number of finishers
- To complete the course
- To complete the course accumulators from groups
- Lady jockey to win the race
- Lady jockey to be placed
- Winner to carry under 11 stone
- Winner to carry 11 stone or more
- All horses to clear the first fence
- Irish trained winner
- Woman to train the winner
Taking a punt on one of the more uncommon betting markets is very entertaining, especially if you can use one of the Grand National Betting offers to kick it off. Bets such as all horses to clear the first fence, or the age of the winner often carries much more competitive odds.
*Odds at publication. Subject to change.