Aintree Grand National Betting Offers 2017

The world’s biggest, longest and most famous steeplechase attracts crowds of 70,000 people at Aintree in Liverpool and global TV audiences exceeding 700 million (that’s 10% of the world’s population). This one horse race attracts over £150 million in (legal) wagers the world over and with such a high betting turnover you would expect to find some top betting offers wouldn’t you?

On this page we tell you which betting sites have new customer free bets and bonus offers for the National as well as those running regular promotions for all punters, including extra places, money back and more. Make sure you get the most out of your Aintree flutter this year by taking up some of the offers listed below. Further down we’ve also got the schedule, history, key facts and more about the Grand National.

Grand National Free Bets for New Customers

Many bookies do not have introductory bonuses during the Grand National. Therefore we have complied a list of all betting sites giving free bets on the Grand National for new customers.

BOG – Best Odds Guaranteed, NRNB – Non Runner No Bet

New Customer Specials

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Latest Grand National Offers

William Hill
Refund 2nd OR 25% Free – 5 Length Winners
Win by 5+ lengths get 25% extra, £100 max, or if 2nd stake back, £25 max
Ladbrokes
Best Odds Guaranteed PLUS (Enhanced Odds)
If the SP is better than the price you took ona horse, Ladbrokes will BEAT it.
Betfair
ITV Races Back a 3/1+ Winner Get a Free Bet
If your 3/1+ (SP) horse wins in any live ITV race get a free bet same stake to £25
Bet365
Price Promise & 4/1+ Free Bet – All ITV & ITV4 Races
Guranteed best price in all live ITV races & back a 4/1+ winner get a freebet

10 Best Grand National Bookmakers

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bet365 Bet365 Yes Best Live ITV Racing Offers
Top for E/W & Antepost Bets
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6 Places on National Raceday
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coral Coral Yes Faller Insurance
Free Bet Club
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888-sport 888 Sport Yes Money Back if Horse Falls
Good Enhanced Odds Promos
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ladbrokes Ladbrokes Yes Best Odds Guaranteed Plus
Extra Places Every Day
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betfred Betfred Yes Money Back 2nd Select Races
Best For Lucky Bets
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betway Betway Yes Beaten By Outsider Insurance
Very Good E/W Terms
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10bet 10Bet Yes Beaten By Head Cashbck
Faller Cover
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william-hill William Hill Yes High 5 25% Bonus or Stake Refund
Massive Market Coverage
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Enhanced Places Most Races
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Best Odds Guarantee

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Grand National Best Odds Guaranteed

The Grand National has one of the biggest fluctuating odds markets you will see in sports betting. With a 40 strong field and lots of money sloshing abound prices can move very quickly. It is therefore not just about getting good odds on a horse but also about making sure you don’t get stung if you horse drifts out to longer odds at the last minute. Clicking the link below will take you to our table of all betting sites that give best odds guaranteed or best odds guaranteed PLUS ensuring that you get the better starting price if it is higher than the price you were given.

Live Racing Promotions

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Grand National TV Racing Offers

The best deals in horse racing are reserved for those broadcast live on ITV with top bookies like Bet365, SkyBet and Betfair offering very generous free bets and money back offers. The Grand National race itself is just one of 15 races which will be shown live on ITV over the three day Aintree Festival.

Feature offers include Bet365’s price promise and free bets for 4/1+ winners, Betfair’s 3/1+ winner free bet offer and Sky Bets money back if you lose in the first race promotion. See all of these offers and further details on our live racing page.

Aintree 2017 Grand National Schedule

Day One 6th April 2017 – Grand Opening Day

Grand Opening Day one (also known as Liverpool Day) at Aintree is often over looked by many looking ahead to the National itself. This day however boasts some serious high level racing with some top horses, jockey, trainers and owners on show. There are four grade 1 races with plenty of prize money on offer. The entertainment will be top class too with live music acts and other features for the TV.

This is seen as a slightly more casual day and less packed days but actually one of the best for placing a bet. Many bookie offers will disappear on Grand National Day but on the Thursday you should still be able to claim all of the usual horse racing offers.

Time Name Type Distance Prize Fund
13:40 Manifesto Novices Chase Grade 1 2m 3f 200y £100,000
*14:20 Anniversary 4YO Novices hurdle Grade 1 2m 209y £100,000
*14:50 Betway Bowl Grade 1 3m 210y £150,000
*15:25 Betway Aintree Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4f £200,000
*16:05 Randox Foxhunters’ Chase Class 2 2m 5f 19y £40,000
*16:40 Red Rum Chase Grade 3 1m 7f 176y £90,000
17:15 Mares Standard Open Flat Race Listed 2m 209y £45,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards, * Live on ITV

Day Two 7th April 2017 – Ladies Day

The famous day two at Aintree is known as Ladies Day. As well as horse racing this is also a ladies fashion event in the same echelons as the London and Milan fashion shows. Each year the ladies of Liverpool and beyond compete for the prize of the most stylish race goer. This year the top prize is a £35,000 Range Rover and £8000 in shopping vouchers. With the elegance flowing from all corners of Aintree you can guarantee there will be a lot more to look at than just horse racing.

Day two has a smarter dress code and the seriousness of the racing seems to rise to match this. There are some classic races to bet on Ladies Day including the Topham Chase, named after Edward Topham, an early developer of the Grand National, the Melling Chase, feature race of day two and the Sefton Novices Hurdle, a grade one race over 3 miles and 110 yards.

Time Name Type Distance Prize Fund
13:40 Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle Grade 3 2m 4f £70,000
*14:20 Top Novices Hurdle Grade 1 2m 103y £100,000
*14:50 Midway Novices Chase Grade 1 3m 210y £100,000
*15:25 Melling Chase Grade 1 2m 3f 200y £200,000
*16:05 Randox Topham Chase Grade 3 2m 5f 19y £120,000
*16:40 Sefton Novices Hurdle Grade 1 3m 149y £100,000
17:15 Champion Open Flat Race Grade 2 2m 209y £45,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards, * Live on ITV

Day Three 8th April 2017 – Grand National Day

The big day and the big race. The Grand National race itself commands more money for a single betting event than any other sporting event in the world. Everyone wants a bet and everyone wants to watch. Over 70,000 people attend the course for one of the best days out of the year.

The whole world stops for ten minutes when the National goes off. From the guaranteed drama at the start to fallers, surprising outsiders and the run to the winning post it is easy to see why this is the most exhilarating horse race in the world. Around 40 jockeys will line up to race around the famous course with daunting fences like Becher’s Brook, Canal Turn, Valentine’s and The Chair. The question is not how many horses will finish after 30 fences 4 miles 3 furlongs and 110 yards, the only question is who will win. Whether you’ve got £1 each way on the outsider or £1000 on the favorite the thrill of picking the winner of the Grand National is unparalleled.

For the jockeys, horses and owners winning guarantees legend status as well as a tidy sum of money. Prize money this year for day all three days is up to £3.05m, with £1 million alone for the main race.

Time Name Type Distance Prize Fund
13:45 Gaskells Handicap Hurdle Grade 3 3m 149y £70,000
*14:25 Mersey Novices Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4f £100,000
*15:00 Maghull Novices Chase Grade 1 1m 7f 176y £100,000
*15:40 Betway Handicap Chase Listed 3m 210y £70,000
*16:20 Liverpool Stayers Hurdle Grade 1 3m 149y £150,000
*17:15 Randox Grand National Grade 3 4m 2f 74y
£1,000,000
18:15 Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle Class 2 2m 103y £50,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards, * Live on ITV

Grand National Course and Famous Fences

Aintree Racecourse

The Grand National is run over two laps each with 16 fences of which 14 are jumped twice. In 2013 the start was advanced forward 90 yards reducing the length of the race from 4 miles 880 yards to the now 4 miles 770 yards. The run in to the winning post is notoriously long at 449 yards (452m).

Originally the race was a cross country steeplechase. This meant the runners started on one edge of the track and then ran over countryside in the direction of the Liverpool to Leeds canal. The original obstacles were the actual hedgerows and gates that were part of the landscape. Markers were placed to show horses where to jump. One obstacle included a brook where rails were erected to jump. Once at the canal the horses ran along the edge back towards the race course. The horses then ran the encloses course before starting a second lap. Over the years this open country was incorporated into the official racecourse. On occasion you will hear people and commentators referring to parts of the track as the ‘the country’ referring to the track layout in the mid 1800’s. The course was not fully enclosed until after WWI.

Grand National Famous Fences

The fences at Aintree are hardly conventional with some of the most difficult and challenging hurdles in the world. To a horse approaching Becher’s it must look like running into a massive hedge row. Find all of the key features to the famous 16 fences that make up the 30 obstacles below.

  • Fence 1 (17) – This high speed 4ft 6in (1.37m) fence saw 12 fallers in 1951.
  • Fence 2 (18) – A 4ft 7in (1.40m) meter jump original named ‘The Fan’ after a horse that refused to jump it in three separate years.
  • Fence 3 (19) – The first open ditch with another increase in high at 4ft 10in (1.47m) and a 6ft (1.82m) ditch on the take-off side.
  • Fence 4 (20) – Same size as the last fence this one is famous for the wrong reasons. Back in 2011 it became the first ever fence to be bypassed on lap 2 following a horse fatality first time around.
  • Fence 5 (21) – A simple, if you can describe a grand nationl fence as simple, 5ft (1.52m) obstacle. With fence 4 setting a precedent this fence was bypassed in 2012 for a jockey with a leg break to be treated by doctors.
  • Becher’s Brook 6 (22) – This fence is all about the drop, if a jockey doesn’t balance the nag by sitting back then there won’t be enough of a counterweight to get over the drop. The 5ft (1.52m) high fence with a landing around 6-10in (25cm) lower than the takeoff, the fence provides the first major test of horse and jockey. The name comes from Captain Martin Becher who fell from his horse in the inaugural Grand National. He took shelter in a brook near the fence whilst the rest of the horses went by. Becher’s was also bypassed in 2011 for the same reason as fence 4.
  • Foinavon 7 (23) – As mentioned earlier this is named after the 100/1 1967 winner Foinavon who avoided a pile up at the fence by lagging behind. It is 4ft 6in (1.37m) and is actually one of the shortest fences on the track.
  • Canal Turn 8 (24) – It is not the height of this fence (5ft (1.52m)) that poses a problem to riders but rather the immediate 90 degree turn on landing. Before the course was enclosed dismounted horses were known on occasion to go straight on into the Leeds Liverpool canal. The fence was bypassed in 2015 for a the first time ever due to a horse fatality.
  • Valentines 9 (25) – Named after a horse of the same name who reputedly jumped the fence backwards in 1840! The fence is 5ft (1.52m) high with a 5ft 6in (1.68m) brook.
  • Fence 10 (26) – Possibly the most indescript fence on the course. It is 5ft (1.52m) high.
  • Fence 11 (27) – Just when the horses thought it might get easy they are faced with an open ditch 5ft (1.52m) high with a 6ft (1.83m) ditch on the take-off side.
  • Fence 12 (28) – Straight after a ditch, what do you need? Another ditch. This one is again 5ft high but this time it’s a landing side ditch 5ft 6in (1.68m) long.
  • Fence 13 (29) – Another plain fence in the same category as fence 10, 4ft 7in (1.40m).
  • Fence 14 (30) – This is the last fence on the last lap. In spite of it being a bit of an easier obstacle in the face of it, 4ft 6in (1.37m), many horses have fallen here exhausted from the previous 29.
  • The Chair 15 – It’s a pity for spectators that you can’t jump this fence twice but possibly not for the runners. This is a 5ft 2in (1.57m) high fence with a 6ft (1.83m) ditch on the takeoff side. The ditch is actually designed to slow the horses down before take off following the death of a jockey in 1862. The landing is actually 6inches (~25cm) higher than the take off in the opposite to Becher’s Brook.
  • Water Jump 16 – This is all about the spectacle as the horses jump over open water.
  • Run In – On the final lap the chair and the water jump are avoided and the horses embark on one of the longest run ins around at nearly 500 yards (452m). This isn’t actually a straight run but has a small bend in the first third.

History of the Aintree Grand National

grand national 2The steeplechase was first run in 1839 and has been run almost every year since, although with some notable exceptions. The race is run over 4 miles and 3.5 furlongs, this is 7,141km in new money. The race is run over 30 fences during two laps of the course and is the most valuable race in the world with a prize fund in excess of £1 million.

The founder of the Grand National was William Lynn. Lynn headed owned the Waterloo hotel and rented land in Aintree from the second earl of Sefton, William Molyneux. In 1829 he set out a course and built a stand in what would become the future Aintree racecourse.

Although history states the first Grand National race took place in 1839 there were in fact three previous races from 1836-39 that were called the Grand National up until the 1860’s. The contention arises from where the races were held with accounts stating these first races took place in Maghull not Aintree. More recent evidence has emerged that suggests these races actually did take place at Aintree but attempts to change the history books have been unsuccessful.

The first officially recognised Grand National took place in 1839. It was aided by three major events, firstly the St Albans Steeplechase that clashed with the National ended in 1838 and secondly the first railway line was built in Liverpool allowing spectators to travel to the race and thirdly an organizing committee was formed to better promote the race. A larger field, better press coverage, increases attendance and higher prize money all lead to the races dramatic increase in fame. The first race was won by Jem Mason on Lottery.

In the first four years the National was a weight-for-age race but changed to a handicap in 1843 as Edward Topham took over the reins from Lynn. The Topham family later bought the course.

The National did not run at Aintree from 1916 to 1918 during the first world war. The course was taken over by the war office and an alternative race was took place at Gatwick racecourse (now Gatwick airport). This was known as the War National Steeplecahse.

In 1928 Tipperary Tim won one of the most famous Grand National races ridden by William Dutton. Before the race a friend jokes that he could only win if all the other horses fell – this is exactly what happened. In a field of 42 horses 41 fell and Tipperary Tim won with a price of 100/1.

During the second world war Aintree was again commissioned by the war office and although the race was run as normal in 1940 it was not held from 1941 to 1945.
The 1950’s saw the race dominated by Vincent O’Brien who trained three consecutive winners between 1953 and 1955. The 1956 race saw the Queen Mother’s horse, Devon Loch, leading after the final fence before inexplicably doing a half air jump and belly flopping to the ground. Losing the race the Queen mother took it in good humour proclaiming “that’s racing!”.

In a similar fashion to Tipperary Tim, the 1967 race saw the Foinavon win at 100/1 after a huge pile up at the 23rd fence. A loose horse, Popham Down, veered across the field taking out all of the race leaders, some horses even began running the wrong way back along the course. Foinavon was so far behind he was able to avoid the melee, steer round and win the race. The 23rd fence now carries the name ‘Foinavon Fence‘.

Red Rum broke all of the records in the 1970’s to become the most respected, revered and famous steeplechase horse of all time. The horse bought form £6000 by Ginger McCain was suffering from a bone disorder that made him lame. Knowing that lame carthorses were often galloped in seawater he began riding Red Rum along the sands and this cured the problem. Red Rum won the Grand Nation three times, 1973, 1974 and 1977, and finished second in 1975 and 1976. In 1973 Red Rum broke the course record with a time of 9 minutes 2 seconds, a record he took from Golden Miller in 1934 and held on to for another 16 years. Red Rum is buried under the winning post at the Aintree course.

In the 1993 we had ‘the race that never was’ in one of the greatest disasters the Grand National has ever seen. With the horses under starters orders a jockey became tangled in the tape when it failed to raise up at the right time. The race was declared a false start but unfortunately 30 out of the 39 horses carried on with 7 completing the race. The race result was void and Esha Ness ridden by John White who won in the second fastest ever time never got any accolade.

In 1997 two bomb threats from the Irish Republican Army (IRA) meant the race was postponed twice and held on the Monday. Famously the people of Liverpool took in many race goers stranded at the event refusing the allow these threats to prevent the National going ahead. At the time newspapers ran the headline ‘We fight them on the Becher’s’ in reference to the famous fence at Aintree and Winston Churchill’s famous speech.

Ginger McCain, the trainer of Red Rum, returned to the National after 31 years in 2004. His horse, Amberleigh House came home first, equalling Fred Rimell’s record of training 4 Grand National winners. In 2009 the 100/1 outsider Mon Mome became the highest price horse to win the race in 42 years.

The National has had several sponsors over the years. This started with Seagram in 1984, Martell took over in 1992 with a £4 million deal, John Smith carried on the sponsorship in 2005 and from 2013 to 2016 the worlds greatest steeplechase was been sponsored by Crabbies.  Starting in 2017 the Grand National will be sponsored by Randox Health in a five year deal.