Grand National Tips and Betting Offers, Aintree, Saturday 14th April 2018

Horse races don’t come much bigger than the Grand National which stands as Europe’s richest jump race with a purse of a whopping £1m. It’s an incredibly gruelling affair, testing horses over 30 fences across a distance of 4 miles and 514 yards at Aintree racecourse. In 2016 it attracted a UK television audience of 10m and many more viewers from all over the world will once again tune in for this incredible spectacle.

Grand National Betting Tips and Offers

  • Regal Encore each way at 33/1 with Betfair
  • Gas Line Boy each way at 33/1 with BetVictor

Grand National Betting Offers

Check out our dedicated Grand National betting offers post or our main free bets page. Note that many bookies withdraw their free bets for the big day. Boo! If you love racing, be sure to bookmark our Cheltenham offers post too! Here are a couple to whet your appetite though:

  • Coral – Bet £5, Get £5 Free Bet – 18+. UK+IRE only. Min deposit £5. Certain payment methods and cashout excluded. Min first bet £5. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. Free bet credited upon placement of qualifying bet, valid for 24 hours. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs Apply. This Sports Promotion is available from 23:59 Thursday 12/04/18 until 18:30 Saturday 14/04/18
  • SportNation – Bet £10, Get £10 in Bonus Funds – Register with SportNation adding your deposit code SNGN10 where prompted to do so on first deposit. Your first deposit must be £10. On successfully making your first deposit, you will receive a £10 bonus. Place a series of bets at minimum odds of 1.6 with a minimum stake equal to the combined value of 2x your deposit amount and bonus funds received and once such bets have settled, any bonus funds and winnings remaining will become withdrawal.

We’ve seen two eight-year-old winners in the last three renewals but historically the National has favoured horses nine and above. That hasn’t stopped Anibale Fly (12/1, Ladbrokes) being one of the most fancied names for this race though. He performed far better than anticipated in the Gold Cup last month, finishing third despite being a 33/1 outsider. The way Tony Martin’s gelding finished in the race at Cheltenham suggests he can go the extra distance here but he will be saddled with a fair amount of weight.

Only one of the last 39 National winners has carried more than 11st 6lbs, Many Clouds in 2015. With such an overwhelmingly strong trend, Blaklion (12/1, 888sport) should be proceeded with caution if his ante post weight of 11st 9lbs doesn’t change. His official rating of 161 is well deserved after commandingly winning in the Becher Chase at Aintree in December. When saddled with top weight at Haydock in his next test, the fourth place finisher in last year’s National was outpaced handsomely towards the end of the three and a half mile contest.

Total Recall meets the age and weight trends but a fall in the Gold Cup has cast some doubts over his chances. Willie Mullins’ horse had been in fine form coming into the huge Festival finale but was unable to deal with the stiff fences. With the obstacles at Aintree even more challenging, he doesn’t seem all that tempting at a price of 11/1 with Betfair.

Three of the last six Grand National winners have been priced 33/1 or greater so don’t be quick to rule out horses further down the betting. Certainly not Gas Line Boy who you may remember from last year’s race. He finished fifth that day despite being hampered in the closing stages. It was a great performance from a horse who fell in the 2015 edition of the race. He seems far fonder of the course these days, winning a Class 2 race here earlier this season. Dry weather would work in his favour and if he gets this he’s well worth backing each way.

Regal Encore is another who went for glory in this race last year and he managed a respectable eight placed finish. He’s not usually a horse that travels much further than the three mile mark but he didn’t seem to mind the big step up in trip 12 months ago. Jockey Richie McLernon so nearly won this race with Sunnyhillboy in 2012 and maybe this time he won’t be denied his moment in the spotlight. He rode Regal Encore to a decent win at Ascot in February and he’s been hugely satisfied with how the 10-year-old has been jumping over mock National fences during schooling.