Search WhatAcca
Avatar photo
Matthew Glazier
Betting Expert

23 June 2024

How to Bet on the Grand National

The Grand National is the world’s most famous steeplechase horse race. It takes place at Aintree Racecourse every year and forms part of the three-day Grand National meeting. It runs between Thursday and Saturday in early April. The big race itself occurs on the Saturday card, with forty runners and riders competing at an iconic course.

In this Grand National betting guide we will provide the ultimate lowdown on a race which is hugely popular when it comes to online betting. Many people in the UK and all over the world enjoy the tradition of placing bets on the Grand National. With this race being a huge spectacle considering that it’s run over a long distance and over a huge number of fences.

Grand National Tips 2022

To Win
Delta Work @ 12/1
Longhouse Poet @ 14/1

Each Way Horses
Run Wild Fred @ 16/1
Burrow’s Saint @ 25/1
Santini @ 50/1

Aintree Lucky 15

1.45 – Serious Charges
3.35 – Tyme Hill
4.15 – Scene Not Herd
5.15 – Longhouse Poet

£0.50p EW Lucky 15 returns up to £3,860

Best Grand National Free Bets

£40 in Free Bets

£40 in Free Bets

    Visit Site
    18+. When you sign-up via Mobile using promo code P40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply. Virtual markets excluded. #ad

    Bet £20 and get it back if it loses

    Bet £20 and get it back if it loses

      Visit Site
      New customers only. Place Your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Apple Pay will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy’s Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5X bets of £10, T&Cs apply

      Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets

      Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets

        Visit Site
        New Customers only. Bet £10* & Get £30* in Free Bets. Sign up, deposit between £5* and £10* to your account and bet365 will give you three times that value in Free Bets when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply. Registration required.

        Place a bet on the Grand National in 2022

        Watch our video guide to learn how to place a bet online for the Grand National 👇

        ✅ How to place a bet on the Grand National with William Hill - Easy step by step guide for beginners

        Key Grand National Info

        The Grand National was inaugurated in 1839 and takes pride of place in the National Hunt calendar. With the race and the meeting just a few weeks after the Cheltenham Festival. This is a handicap race which means that the horses near the top of the racecard are the ones who have the highest rating and they are carrying the most weight.

        • The Grand National takes place at 5.15pm every year
        • The 2022 Grand National will be run on Saturday 9 April
        • The big race is run over a distance of four miles, two-and-a-half furlongs
        • The winning connections now land prize money of £500,000
        • The horses jump over thirty fences and complete two laps
        • Between 500 and 600 million people watch this race every year
        • Red Rum is the only horse who has won the Grand National three times

        7 Top Grand National Tips

        1. Consider the Betting Favourites for the Race

        Whisper it quietly but the Grand National is no longer the betting lottery that it used to be. With the fences having been modified in recent years and the pedigree of horse having significantly improved. A number of recent winners have been a short Starting Price before going on to win the race.

        2017 winner One For Arthur was sent off at 14/1 and then came a shorter-priced winner in the form of Tiger Roll. The Gigginstown-owned charge was a 10/1 shot when landing the spoils in 2018. And followed this up with a double success in 2019 when scoring the Aintree Grade 3 race at odds of 4/1.

        Minella Times was the 2021 winner of the Grand National after the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to the 2020 renewal. And the Henry de Bromhead-trained horse was available at 11/1 before claiming a success. Why not read more about horse racing with the Horse Racing Accumulator guide.

        2. Look For the Best Each-Way Terms

        The Grand National is the very definition of an each-way betting race. With forty horses all lining up to tackle this monster course, it’s hard to pinpoint the winner of this Aintree spectacular. Although it’s much easier to identify a horse that can run well and get into the frame to give us a solid return.

        The bookmakers are often prepared to offer each-way terms which stretch down to six places. Therefore, if you can get a quarter of the odds on a 20/1 shot and your horse finishes between second and sixth. Then you can get a handsome return on your stake without the runner needing to win.

        3. Which Horses Have Beaten the Handicapper?

        Minella Times was well-fancied to win the 2021 Grand National because he was a class horse in the race but also because his weight was 10-03. This meant that the De Bromhead-trained runner was nearer the bottom of the weights. It was largely accepted that the handicapper had been fairly light when it came to the penalty on this runner.

        In the build-up to this race, you will see that horses are ordered according to the weight being carried. And there’s a lot to be said for looking nearer the bottom of the order and getting an idea of the runners which have been given a lower weight.

        Grand National 2022 Image

        4. Look for Course and Distance Horses

        It nearly goes without saying that a good Grand National horse needs to have bags of stamina and lots of jumping ability. When you look through the runners and riders for the Aintree showdown. Make a note of the runners that have previously lined up in this race and how they fared. There are also horses that have run well in other Aintree races or over similar distances. We highly recommend booking your tickets early to attend the Grand National in 2022.

        5. Check Out Who the Leading Jockeys Are Riding

        Every owner and trainer wants to secure the best possible jockey to guide their horses around the Aintree course. For example, Rachael Blackmore had just enjoyed a blinding Cheltenham Festival when getting the ride of Minella Times in 2021. While Davy Russell was the man for the job on Tiger Roll both times. Check out where jockeys such as Paul Townend are riding as they often have a choice of horse.

        6. Bet on Other Grand National Meeting Races

        It’s strange that the Grand National gets so much attention considering we have three high quality days of horse racing that comprises the meeting. Starting on the Thursday, there are a succession of Grade One races and we often see many horses come to Aintree after the Cheltenham Festival. Therefore, you can sometimes find an easier betting prospect when it comes to the other betting heats. Why not read the Cheltenham Festival betting guide for clarity on the horse names in that event.

        7. Choose More than One Horse to Win the National

        It’s not uncommon for a customer to throw a few darts when it comes to Grand National betting. After all, there are forty horses in the race and you can back a few of the runners each-way and potentially get multiple returns along the way.

        We would recommend that readers create a shortlist of horses that they want to back. And then cherry-pick the best prices with the leading bookies. Please see the complete list of Horses that are scheduled to run in the National, subject to change and non runners.

        8. The Grand National List of Horses / Runners

        Any Second Now
        Delta Work
        Escaria Ten
        Enjoy D’allen
        Snow Leopardess
        Run Wild Fred
        Minella Times
        Burrows Saint
        Longhouse Poet
        Mount Ida
        Noble Yeats
        Cloth Cap
        Chriss Dream
        School Boy Hours
        Éclair Surf
        Top Ville Ben
        Two For Gold
        Coko Beach
        Chatham Street Lad
        Good Boy Bobby
        Death Duty
        Freewheelin Dylan

        Dingo Dollar
        Mighty Thunder
        Hill Sixteen
        Anibale Fly
        De Rasher Counter
        Highland Hunter
        Smoking Gun
        Phoenix Way

        Other Horses for the Race

        Secret Reprieve
        Mister Whitaker
        Definite Plan
        Defi Bleu
        Caribean Boy
        Deise Aba
        Full Back
        Stones And Roses
        Go Another One
        Class Conti
        Poker Party
        Lord du Mesnil
        Brahma Bull
        The Hollow Ginge
        The Two Amigos
        Robin des Foret
        Agusta Gold
        Plan of Attack
        Roi Mage
        Court Maid
        Mac Tottie
        Potter’s Corner
        Kauto Riko
        Via Dolorosa
        Gwencily Berbas
        Romain de Senam
        Scoir Mear
        Domaine de L’Isle
        Pink Eyed Pedro
        Didero Vallis
        Alpha des Obeaux

        The Grand National race is set for the 9th April 2022 and the team at would like to wish everyone the very best of luck. The horse race will consist of 40 of the above horses listed and the odds will vary until the race starts.

        Matthew Glazier

        Betting Expert
        Avatar photo
        Matthew Glazier is one of the biggest names in the sports betting industry, with this leading writer having twenty years experience which includes working for bet365, William Hill and betfair.

        Enhanced Odds

        Acca Tips

        Horse Racing