Grand National 2017 Free Bets

The dust has just about settled on Cheltenham 2017 which means the attention now turns to the Randox Health Grand National which takes place on Saturday 8th April.

Bookmakers Free Bet offers during huge racing events

This is the horse race which creates more interest and betting turnover than any other. For online bookmakers it is simply their biggest day of the year.

These days, National Hunt racing has become all things Cheltenham Festival. It is easy to forget that the biggest betting race in the UK is upon us again; The Grand National.

This is the race that everyone will have an opinion on, from seasoned punters, first timers down to little old Doris who lives down the road.

It’s an event that captures the imagination and one of the main races for you to grab some cool Grand National free bets across the 3-day Aintree Festival!

Some feel that the Grand National is now a dumbed down version of what it once was. The distance has been reduced from 4m4f to 4m2f, fences changed and new safety features added. However, it still remains as racing’s toughest test.

Due to how the race is framed, a better class of horse now competes in the National, which makes for a more quality race each year and whether you fancy a proven classy horse or something a bit more obscure, don’t forget to claim some Grand National free bets to get you ahead of the crowd.

This years favourite is the David Pipe trained Vieux Lion Rouge. Finishing 7th in last years’ race, this classy stayer has shown improved form this season winning both his races.

Odds for Grand National by leading Bookies

Stamina is Vieux Lion Rouge’s forte and he looks a strong candidate for this years event. If you have a Grand National free bet he can now be backed at odds of 10/1 with leading bookmakers such as Ladbrokes, William Hill, bet365 and Coral.

Another leading contender is Kim Bailey’s The Last Samuri. Despite his welter weight of 11st 9lb this tough chaser could move from second in last years race, to this year’s winners enclosure.

The Last Samuri has been laced lightly this season, his 3 runs have shown that he retains his ability and should be among the favourites. He can be backed at 16/1 with BetVictor and Sporting Bet.

For those who believe the cream always rises to the top, Saphir Du Rheu is a good Grand National bet. Trained by Paul Nicholls and carrying the Stewart family colours, (made famous by Big Bucks), this horse is class personified. Competing in the top chases all season, he recently finished a superb 5th in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. This star chaser is available to back at a generous 20/1 with a whole range of bookmakers, including Ladbrokes, Coral, Betway and Betbright.

If its heart, courage and determination you want with your Grand National free bet, then look no further than Blaklion. Blaklion has that warrior spirit, and despite looking smaller than his rivals, he jumps like a buck. This little terrier can be backed at 14/1 with firms like PaddyPower, Skybet, Totesport and 888Sport.        

Like a longer priced horse? Take a look at Paul Nichols Just A Par.  Carrying the colours most associated with Denman, this horse has recently come back to form.

He’s never fallen in any run and at 50/1 with William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral he looks like one who could creep into the frame.

Whatever your fancy for the big one at Aintree, we will have all the tips and Grand National free bets you need!

Free Bets available on the Grand National

Bookmakers not only know this is a betting bonanza for them, they also see the Grand National as a golden opportunity to attract new customers.  And therefore there will be no end of Grand National free bet offers.

However, be prepared!  The normal new customer free bet offers apply only after your first bet has been placed and settled, so do not open a new account and expect to place your qualifying bet and your free bet both on the Grand National.

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Grand National Bets

Such is the enormity of the national institution that is the Grand National, the public are expected to place in excess of £150 million in wagers on race day alone.

And, like any good business, bookmakers will be falling over themselves to create a range of unique Grand National betting opportunities which will see their firm generate as many bets as possible.

Ladbrokes have traditionally divided the 40 runner field into groups and offered prices on each group.  Others, such as Ireland’s Paddy Power, like to encompass a big section of the field by giving a price on an Irish-trained winner.  Nine runners were trained in Ireland last year including the 33/1 winner, ‘Rule The World’.

Stan James and William Hill like to capture with a lot of the ‘women bets’ with prices on the winner being ridden by a lady jockey. That’s never happened yet and the odds are sure to be slim this year with Nina Carberry being pregnant and taking a year off the track.

Coral, Stan James, Betfred and other leading High Street bookies will all offer bets on the total number of finishers.  Some online bookmakers, notably Betway and Skybet will also give you a price about a first fence faller and the winning race distance.

Grand National Betting Offers

Of course novel betting markets are not Grand National betting offers, neither are they odds enhancements or ‘price boosts’, they are simply additional ways of betting on the Grand National.

But as the big race draws closer, particularly once the final field of the 40 confirmed runners is known, you can rest assured the Grand National offers will be headlining the homepage of every single online sportsbook.

…and not just the ‘majors’ ether.  In an attempt to increase their markets share some of the smaller betting firms like 888Sport and 32Red are likely to offer-up some amazing special offers for both new and existing customers.

For the time being, bet365 is unquestionably the place to bet.  The colossal online betting firm were the first company to go ‘Non Runner, No Bet’ plus they are offering ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ (BetStars are the only other doing this).

Furthermore bet365 have each-way terms of ¼ the odds, positions 1-2-3-4-5. Normally bookies just pay out on the first 4 horses home for each way bets.

Paddy Power have now joined bet365 by also going ‘Non Runner No Bet’ (NRNB) on all Grand National bets placed after midday on 21st March 2017.

                   Brands:                        Grand National Free Bet Offers:
Coral Bet £10, Get £30.
Bet365 100% up to £200
Ladbrokes Bet £10, Get £30
Betway £20 Free Bet
William Hill Bet £10 Get £30
Sky Bet Bet £5 Get £20
Betfred Bet £10 Get £60
Paddy Power Bet £10 Get £30
10Bet £200 Bonus
888 Sport Treble The Odds
BetVictor Bet £10, Get £60
Betfair Bet £10 Get £30

How to Claim your Grand National Free Bet

  • Regularly visit the homepages of all online bookmakers seeking ‘Grand National Offers’.  They will soon become commonplace.
  • Read the T&C’s carefully to ensure you qualify for a Grand National free bets before the race itself.  This is because you may need to place a bet before the big day in order to place your free bet on the Grand National itself.
    • Consider ensuring a guaranteed profit by placing your free bets on all outcomes. For example place one free bet on an ‘English-trained winner’ with one bookie or free bet on an ‘Irish-trained winner’ with another bookie / free bet.


Grand National – The Favourites

Vieux Lion Rouge (11/1)

Vieux Lion Rouge is the relatively new favourite for the Grand National given the recent news that long-time ante post favourite, Minella Rocco, will not be competing.

The main cause for concern for the David Pipe-trained horse is his age. Younger horses rarely thrive amongst such a big field and around as punishing a course as Aintree. To illustrate that point, a triumph for Vieux Lion Rouge would make him only the second eight-year-old to win the Grand National in 14 years.

On the plus side, Vieux Lion Rouge has won both the Becher Chase and the Haydock Grand National Trial and finished seventh in last year’s renewal, experience which could prove invaluable for the 11/1 shot with Ladbrokes.

Definitly Red (12/1)

Another eight-year-old with impressive form going into Aintree, Definitly Red won many fans for the way that he won the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. His 14-length success was brilliant for those who’d backed him in the Grand National ante post market (his odds were slashed considerably) and forced everybody to take his chances seriously.

The trip should cause few problems for Definitly Red, the challenging obstacles along the way around, however, most certainly will which makes us think 12/1 with Betfred is too short.

Blaklion (14/1)

Of all the shorter priced horses in the 2017 Grand National, Blaklion is the one we’re most excited about.

Just like the two above him in the betting, Blaklion has to buck the trend in terms of age as he’s just eight. But Nigel Twiston-Davies is not a trainer used to entering horses into major races if he doesn’t believe they’ve got a chance of winning.

Twiston-Davies has certainly given Blaklion every chance by making very smart choices in terms of the races he’s been entered into in the lead up to the Grand National. He performed well at the Grand National Trial and the Hennessey Gold Cup showing that he’s got both the stamina and the jumping ability to contend in the biggest race of the year.

Providing he doesn’t get spooked by the huge field, we feel that Blaklion is the one to beat at a best price of 14/1 with Bet365.

Cause of Causes (16/1)

Gordon Elliot has gone from an exciting up-and-comer in the world of racehorse training to one of the biggest names in the game. His best chance of claiming Grand National glory this year comes courtesy of Cause of Causes who is a 16/1 shot with Betfair.

The nine-year-old proved his ability over tough obstacles and a demanding course by winning the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and he is sure to have plenty of backers come this weekend.

Grand National Betting Odds

 Horses/Brands PaddyPower Betfred Ladbrokes Coral Bet365
Vieux Lion Rouge 10 12 12 12 11
One For Arthur 16 16 16 16 14
Definitly Red 14 14 14 14 14
Blaklion 16 16 16 16 16
The Last Samuri 14 16 16 16 14
Cause Of Causes 16 16 20 20 16
The Young Master 20 20 20 20 20
Ucello Conti 20 16 20 20 18
Saphir Du Rheu 20 20 25 25 22
More Of That 20 20 20 20 18