Best Bookmakers For Grand National

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The Grand National is the biggest horse race in the world. It’s the one day where even your granny comes out to have a bet. The whole country will be watching the race at Aintree.

But with so many bookies to choose from, where should you be placing your bets? We’ll show you the best bookmakers for Grand National betting this year. So if you want bookies that offer free bets for the National, bookies that pay extra places on the big race or even free tips for Grand National, then we have them all here.

We’ll also show you how you can watch the Grand National and stream horse racing online.

Bookies Grand National Offers

Bet365
Grand National Money Back
Half Your Stake Back On E/W Bets Up To £125!
Grand National Money Back
Claim Offer

Only available for accounts opened before 23:59 on 07/04/21. Eligible customers only. £125* max total refund for bets on Win & E/W Fixed Odds & Each Way Extra markets from 08/04/21 to 11:59 on 10/04/21. Bet restrictions & T&Cs apply.

Boylesports
7 Places
Paying 7 Places
on the 2021 Grand National
Claim Offer

18+. UK/IRE Customers only.1/5 odds 7 Places. 25+ or more must run. Applies to E/W Market only. Applies to the Aintree Grand National Only. Available from 13:00, 08/04/2021. T&C's Apply.

Betfair
New Customer Offer
Up to £100 in free Bets
Betfair Sign Up Offer
Claim Offer

New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs / wagering reqs apply.

Bet365
New Customer Offer
Up to £100 in Bet Credits
Bet365 Sign Up Offer
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William Hill
New Customer Offer
Bet £10 Get £10
William Hill Welcome Offer
Claim Offer

New customers only. Minimum £10/€10 stake on Grand National. Offer available from 09.04.21 until 10.04.21. Maximum £10/€10 free bet credited to account on 11.04.21. Full terms including free bet and payment method restrictions apply.

Boylesports
New Customer Offer
Up to £25 in Free Bets
Boylesports Sign Up Offer
Claim Offer

18+ T&Cs apply. Cash stakes only. Min £10 stake required for initial £5 free bet. Min odds ½. Max £25 in free bets. Subsequent free bets equal 50% average of each 3 qualifying bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of opening account. Free bet expires after 7 days. Payment method restrictions apply

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Bet £5 Get £10
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Opt In, bet £5 (odds 2.00+) & get a £5 sports Free Bets (odds 2.00+) + £5 Slots Bonus, selected games, 20x wagering to withdraw max £250. Offer valid from 10:00BST 08.04.21 to 12:00BST 12.04.21. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Click here for T&Cs. 18+

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New Customer Offer
Bet £10 Get £20 in Free Bets
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18+, new customers only, min fixed odds bet £10, min odds 1/2 (1.5), free bets credited as 2 x £10 free fixed odds single bets, free bets credited on consecutive days. Full T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org

Many racing bookmakers withdraw their offers on Grand National day because they know that most people will be betting anyway. If you are looking to bet on the Grand National, it’s a good idea to register new accounts in the week prior to the festival starting. This way, you’ll be able to claim the welcome offers and receive free bets that can give you additional chances of picking a winner and making a profit.

Choosing The Best Bookmakers For The Grand National

what are the best bookmakers for grand national betting?We know that many of you who are betting on the Grand National are not regular punters. Therefore you may not be familiar with online bookies, or how their offers work. We’re here to help!

The first thing you need to know is that you’ve made the right choice already by looking online. If you try to place your Grand National bet at a high street bookmaker, or worse still a trackside bookmaker, it’s likely that you won’t be able to claim nearly as many betting offers.

When you choose an online bookmaker, you get a choice of the special offers listed above. You also get better odds. Plus, you don’t have the hassle of queuing up to place your bet, and the pressure of explaining to the cashier exactly what you want.

Betting online is fast, easy and stress-free. You can pick your horse in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Grand National Betting Offers Explained

Below, we’ve listed a few of the most common types of betting offers that you’re likely to find available for the Grand National.

Extra Places

Because it’s hard to pick the winner, many people like to bet each way on the National. That means you still get paid if your horse doesn’t win, but it “places”. Most bookmakers will pay 4 places. Therefore, if your horse comes 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th you would get paid. However, some of the best bookies will pay 5 places or sometimes even 6 places. Therefore, if you bet at these bookies, you would also get paid if your horse came 5th or 6th. Obviously, this is great news because it gives you a much better chance of winning. If you’re betting each way, check which bookies are paying extra places for the Grand National.

Which Bookies Are Paying 5 Places For The Grand National?

Several bookmakers will be offering extra places on the 2021 Grand National. If you are placing an each way bet on the race, it’s a good idea to bet with a bookmaker offering the most amount of places.

BookmakerPlace TermsVisit
boylesports7 Places
1/5 Odds
Visit
bet3655 Places
1/4 Odds
Visit
betfair5 Places
1/4 Odds
Visit
betfred5 Places
1/4 Odds
Visit
paddy power5 Places
1/4 Odds
Visit
spreadex5 Places
1/4 Odds
Visit
unibet5 Places
1/4 Odds
Visit

Free Bets

Many online bookies offer free bets when you open an account with them. However, many bookmakers withdraw their welcome offers in the days leading up to the Grand National.

If you are looking to claim a free bet welcome offer for the Grand National, it’s a good idea to do it a week or further in advance of the race to ensure that they’re available.

Enhanced Odds

Not all bookmakers offer new customers free bets as part of their welcome offer and some offer enhanced odds instead. Enhanced odds are available on specific events & markets and new customers are often able to get huge odds on Grand National runners. 

For example, the odds for ‘Cloth Cap’ to win may be 4/1 with most bookies but if one bookmaker was to be offering enhanced odds to new customers, you may be offered odds of around 20/1. 888Sport and William Hill are two bookies that often run enhanced odds offers for new customers.

Price Boosts

Price boosts are similar to enhanced odds in that you are offered bigger odds than normal. However, the odds are generally boosted by a smaller amount compared to enhanced odds but they are available to both new and existing customers.

Keep an eye out for price boosts on various horses for the Grand National with bookmakers such as Paddy Power, Betfred and William Hill.

Best Odds Guaranteed

Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG), is the most popular racing offer and several bookmakers will be offering it for the 2021 Grand National.

When Best Odds Guaranteed is available, if the starting price of your horse is greater than the price you took when placing your bet, you’ll be paid out at the bigger odds if your horse wins.

Ante Post Bets

If you visit the Grand National page of any bookie’s website in the weeks or months leading up to the race, you’ll notice over 100 horses listed. This is because the final 40 runners are not announced until a couple of days before the race. Because of this, you are often able to get much bigger odds when placing ante-post bets on the Grand National compare to bets placed closer to the race time as it’s possible that your horse won’t run. 

Non-Runner No-Bet (NRNB)

If you are placing an ante-post bet on the Grand National, we recommend that you place your bet with a bookmaker offering Non-Runner No-Bet (NRNB). When NRNB is available, you will receive your stake back if your horse doesn’t end up running. 

You can usually find NRNB offers available from some of the top bookies a couple of weeks before the race.

Which Bookies Are Offering NRNB For The Grand National?

Below, you’ll find a list of bookmakers that are offering Non-Runner No Bet for the Grand National in 2021.

BookmakerOfferVisit
bet365NRNBVisit
betfairNRNBVisit
betfredNRNBVisit
paddy powerNRNBVisit
mansionbetNRNBVisit
skybetNRNBVisit
unibetNRNBVisit

Faller Insurance

The Grand National is a physically demanding race for the runners with a total of 30 fences to jump around the 4+ mile distance. It’s a certainty that horses will fall and so the Faller Insurance betting offer is perfect for this race.

With Faller Insurance, you will receive your stake back, usually as a free bet, if your horse falls or unseats its rider.

The Grand National

The Randox Health Grand National Festival takes place from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th April 2021 with the featured race being the Grand National at 5.15pm on the final day.

The Grand National is one of the most iconic racing events in the world and is watched by an estimated 600 million people worldwide. 40 horses take place in the race which has prize money of £1 million – The biggest prize fund in any European horse race.

The race is popular with both horse racing enthusiasts and the general public with millions opting to have a flutter on one of the 40 contenders.

When is the 2021 Grand National?

The 2021 Grand National takes place on Saturday 10th April.

What time does the Grand National start?

The Grand National has a scheduled start time of 5.15pm (UK).

Where does the Grand National take place?

The Grand National is hosted at Aintree Racecourse which is just outside Liverpool. The race has been hosted there since it started in 1839.

What channel is the Grand National on?

The 2021 Grand National will be televised live on ITV. In previous years, the race has been shown on both BBC and Channel 4.

How to stream the Grand National

Live streams of the Grand National will be available online. Check out our horse racing live streaming page for links or head straight to Bet365 to watch the race (T&Cs apply).

2021 Grand National Entries

The selection of the top entries into the 2021 Grand National can be found below. A maximum of 40 horses will race on the day.

  • Entry deadline: 2nd February 2021
  • Weights announced: 2nd March 2021
  • First scratchings deadline: 2nd March 2021
  • Second scratchings deadline: 23rd March 2021
  • Five-day confirmations: 5th April 2021
  • Final declarations: 8th April 2021
HorseAgeJockeyTrainer
Cloth Cap9TBCJonjo O’Neill
Any Second Now9TBCTed Walsh
Burrows Saint8TBCW. P. Mullins
Minella Times8TBCHenry de Bromhead
Kimberlite Candy9TBCTom Lacey
Secret Reprieve7TBCEvan Williams
Magic of Light10TBCMrs J. Harrington
Potters Corner 11TBCChristian Williams
The Storyteller10TBCMrs Denise Foster
Discorama8TBCP Nolan
Bristol De Mai10TBCNigel Twiston-Davies
Acapella Bourgeois11TBCW. P. Mullins
Farclas7TBCMrs Denise Foster
Lake View Lad11TBCN. W. Alexander
Le Breuil9TBCBen Pauling
Lord Du Mesnil8TBCRichard Hobson
Anibale Fly11TBCA. J. Martin
Yala Enki11TBCPaul Nicholls
Chris's Dream9TBCH De Bromhead
The Long Mile7TBCJ. P. Dempsey

Betting on the Grand National

It is reported that half the UK adult population will have a flutter on the Grand National and so there is no shortage of bookmakers willing to take bets. You’ll be able to place your Grand National bets both online or in a betting shop with the favourable option for most being online. This is because you can usually get better odds at online bookies and also take advantage of the increased number of Grand National betting offers which will be available in the run-up and on the day of the race. As well as Grand National free bets, some other common betting offers which we expect to be available for the Grand National are Extra Places, Refunds on losing bets, Refunds if your horse unseats their rider, Best Odds Guaranteed and more. If you are planning on taking advantage of some of these offers, we advise you to register with bookmakers in advance as many of these offers are not available on the day of the race.

We’ll be listing the best Grand National betting offers here at WhichBookie from a range of online bookmakers. You’ll be able to find the latest Bet365 Grand National betting offers as well as top offers from other bookies such as William Hill, Betfair, Betfred and 888Sport.

Grand National Betting Trends

With 40 horses running in the race, picking a winner in the Grand National can seem like pot luck. However, the Grand National is over 180 years old and so there is a lot of historical data which we can use to determine trends.

Below are some betting trends which may help you pick a winning in the 2021 Grand National.

  • Since 1977, only two winners of the Grand National have carried more than 11st 5lbs. Look for horses carrying less weight than this. Ideally, less than 11st as only four horses have won carrying more than this since 1983. Weights are announced on the 2nd March 2021.
  • Look for horses who have won over 3 miles. All but one winner since 1970 had achieved this. The Grand National is over a distance of 4 miles & 2 1/4 furlong and so picking a horse with stamina is a must.
  • Back a horse aged 9 or older as no horse since 1975 was aged 8 or younger. Similarly, horses aged 13 or over are not a good bet with the last winner being in 1923.
  • Look for a horse which doesn’t have a bad record of falling or unseating their rider. There are 30 fences to jump on the way to the finish line.
  • 3 of the last 4 and 6 of the last 15 winners of the Grand National came from Irish stables.
  • 18 of the last 28 winners were in the top eight in the betting. 6 of the last 28 winners were the SP favourite and 16 of the last 29 favourites finished in the top four places.

Grand National Tips

Here at WhichBookie, we’ll be providing free Grand National tips to all of our readers. Our tips come from expert horse racing analyst Will Smith who has been featured on William Hill Racing and Racing TV. Will will be providing Grand National Ante-Post tips as well as tips when the final 40 runners are announced.

Which other races are taking place?

Over the three days of racing at Aintree Racecourse, there are 21 races scheduled to take place. You can find details of each race, including the start times below.

Liverpool’s Day

Thursday 8th April 2021

START TIMESRACEDISTANCEPRIZE MONEYTV CHANNELLIVE STREAM
1.45pmThe Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase2m 4f£100,000Watch Here
2.20pmThe Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle2m 1f£100,000ITVWatch Here
2.50pmThe Betway Bowl Steeple Chase3m 1f£200,000ITVWatch Here
3.25pmThe Betway Aintree Hurdle2m 4f£250,000ITVWatch Here
4.05PMThe Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase2m 5f£45,000ITVWatch Here
4.40pmThe Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase2m£90,000ITVWatch Here
5.15pmThe Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat2m 1f£45,000Watch Here

Ladies Day

Friday 9th April 2021

START TIMERACEDISTANCEPRIZE MONEYTV CHANNELLIVE STREAM
1.45pmThe Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle2m 4f£75,000Watch Here
2.20pmThe Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle2m ½f£100,000ITVWatch Here
2.50pmThe Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase3m 1f£100,000ITVWatch Here
3.25pmThe Marsh Steeple Chase2m 4f£250,000ITVWatch Here
4.05pmThe Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase2m 5f£140,000ITVWatch Here
4.40pmThe Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle3m ½f£100,000ITVWatch Here
5.15pmThe Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle2m 1f£50,000Watch Here

Grand National Day

Saturday 10th April 2021

START TIMERACEDISTANCEPRIZE MONEYTV CHANNELLIVE STREAM
1.45pmThe Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle3m ½f£75,000Watch Here
2.25pmThe Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle2m 4f£100,000ITVWatch Here
3.00pmThe Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase2m£100,000ITVWatch Here
3.40pmThe Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle3m ½f£180,000ITVWatch Here
4.15pmThe Betway Handicap Steeple Chase3m 1f£75,000ITVWatch Here
5.15pmThe Randox Health Grand National4m 2½f£1,000,000ITVWatch Here
6.20pmThe Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat2m ½f£45,000Watch Here

Grand National Previous Winners

Below is a list of Grand National previous winners for the last 10 years.

YearHorseAgeWgtTrainerJockeySP
2020*Festival Cancelled*
2019Tiger Roll911-5Gordon ElliottDavy Russell4/1
2018Tiger Roll810-13Gordon ElliottDavy Russell14/1
2017One For Arthur810-11Lucinda RussellDerek Fox14/1
2016Rule The World910-07Mouse MorrisDavid Mullins33/1
2015Many Clouds811-09Oliver SherwoodLeighton Aspell25/1
2014Pineau De Re1110-06Dr Richard NewlandLeighton Aspell25/1
2013Auroras Encore1110-03Mrs S SmithRyan Mania66/1
2012Neptune Collonges1111-06P NichollsD Jacob33/1
2011Ballabriggs1011-00D McCainJ Maguire14/1
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