Grand National Free Bets & Betting Offers

The Grand National is one of the biggest races in the UK, with millions of people tuning in to watch the race live on TV around the world. The event is unusual in that is has an appeal that attracts punters that wouldn’t normally bet on horse racing, and across the country office sweepstakes and passed around and “pin sticker” guides are published in national newspapers.

One downside to this increased interest is that the bookies often change or remove their sign up offers in order to limit their risk from new customers (some have even been known to temporarily cut off registrations entirely). Thankfully not all betting sites have this attitude and there are still a few places you can pick up a free bet or two.

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Choosing a Grand National Winner

Aintree at the Grand National in 2013
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There is a certain romanticism about picking a winner of the Grand National. You might have success by picking your lucky number as displayed on one of the horses in the field, you might pick a runner with a name you like or the jockey wearing your favourite colour. If your luck is in, you might just land a winner of the April showpiece, although of course picking your selection through essentially random means does not exactly increase your chances of success.

Instead, we can apply some common trends and themes that previous Grand National winners have shared, and at least in that sense, we have provided a logical framework for our picks. Of course, logic often goes out of the window during the four-mile race, which is run over some of the stiffest and most challenging jumps anywhere in the world. As we saw with Freewheelin Dylan’s win in the Irish National at princely odds of 150/1 in April 2021, sometimes there’s just no telling what will happen.

Age

While some horse races favour the younger bucks with pricked ears, the Grand National is more suited to those with a bit of experience to their name. Indeed, you have to go back 17 years to find the last time a horse aged seven or under triumphed in the National – that was Amberleigh House. Each of the last five winners has been aged eight or nine.

Form

Even allowing for the slightly random nature of the Grand National, form leading into the race has still been a key factor in the past. Historically, you’re looking for horses that have placed in at least one of their previous three starts – a trait that most of the recent National winners have all shared. That shows they are performing well and without concern in the run-up to this devilishly complex renewal.

Number of Races

The idea for a Grand National winner is to be peaking when the Aintree trip comes around – you don’t want an over-run horse that may have little left in the tank, and yet you don’t want a runner in which rust may have gathered through inactivity. As a rough guide, you’re looking for horses that had run between three and six times that season and no later than the Cheltenham Festival – that has been a good arbiter of success for previous victors.

Stamina

It’s rare that a horse will run over four miles, and especially so on going that is so agreeable that course officials have to give it a good splash of water on race day. Not all Grand National runners have the stamina to thrive on the challenging Aintree circuit, and nine of the last ten winners of the big one had prevailed at least once over three miles or more previously in their career – that is a mark of their lung capacity.

Weight

It’s pretty clear that the handicapper plays a huge role not only in determining who runs in the Grand National – see Tiger Roll’s withdrawal in 2021 for being too harshly treated in the minds of his connections, and also in who goes on to prevail in the famous race.

It’s quite rare, although not impossible, for a horse weighing over 11-05 to take the line in first place, and with only two winners of the race at that heavy mark since Red Rum’s triumph in 1977 we have to discount the chances of the heaviest in the field. Lighter runners have enjoyed a better time of things, but there is a sweet spot – only Auroras Encore in 2013 has won from a weight of lower than 10-05 since Bindaree in 2002.

Grand National Experience

While this last entry is pushing it a bit, seven of the last ten Grand National champions had run in a very specific number of chase races – between 10 and 16. That suggests a certain experience of conditions without being over-run, and it is this measure