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Grand National Betting Odds 2019
5.15pm, Saturday April 13 2019; TV Schedule: live on ITV; Distance: 4m2½f & 30 fences; click best odds in bold to visit bookie; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4.
Aintree Preview: Guide To 2019 Grand National Odds & Contenders
This preview will run through the main contenders in 2019 Grand National odds order, as well as highlighting some likely outsiders in the Aintree race (5.15pm Saturday April 6, 2019; TV Schedule: live on ITV), writes Ross.
Of course the fact it is a handicap, with the entire field in the weights, does mean it is a very open contest and all the outsiders do have a chance. It is not like the races of 30 years and more ago, when the longshots were out of the weights (carrying more weight than the handicapper had allotted them). Because of the easing of the course and the changes made to the fences, lessening the risk of injury, the race attracts much higher quality steeplechasers.
In recent years it is a much better class of outsider that is running and the conditions of the race mean every horse in the Grand National starting line-up does have a big chance. Gone are the days when you could put a red line through half the field. There is no such thing a no hoper in this race nowadays. If anyone tells you otherwise then they do not understand the handicap system and how the make-up of this famous Aintree race has completely changed in recent decades.
To bear that point out, in the last 11 years there have been winners at 100/1 (Mon Mome in 2009), 66/1 (Auroras Encore in 2013), three 33/1 shots, two 25/1 shots and four fancied horses in the Grand National betting that were priced between 7/1 and 14/1. JustBookies certainly would not put you off a favourite but absolutely do not dismiss the outsiders.
So we come to our guide to those we think most likely to be trouble the judge in this 2018 renewal of the race:
Blaklion was fourth last year off a rating of 152 and this year races off a 9lb higher mark. On face value he needs to have improved the best part of a stone to win. That is fairly unlikely. The positives, and the reasons he is towards the top of the market, is that he has a proven liking for the course and being proven on this unique test is a major plus for any horse. He easily won the Becher Chase over these fences in December, by nine lengths, though that race is a mile shorter than the 4m2f of the Grand National. If you want to knock his admirable performance in this race last year, then maybe he just didn’t quite stay the full trip. It would be hard to rule him out and he should run a blinder, but probably there are others better handicapped.
Total Recall is another towards the top of both the weights and the odds. He hails from the all-conquering Irish yard of master trainer Willie Mullins. He owes his prominence in the market to victory at Newbury in The Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase at the start of December. He stayed on very strongly to nail a strong field and win a valuable prize. He looked as if he would relish this extra mile. He won that race off a handicap mark 147 and he too runs off 9lb higher on the big day. That is not a positive and neither is the fact that he fell in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. While the Aintree fences are no longer the test of yesteryear, they are a bigger ask than getting around Cheltenham in one piece. Having an ‘F’ in his form, this close to the big race is enough to make us skip past him when considering what to bet on. If he stays upright then he must run well, but we won’t be chancing him at what amounts to fairly poor value.
Anibale Flyer is an improving eight-year-old, judged by his 33/1 third to Native River in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time out. Taking that Festival form literally, and there is no reason not to, he looks chucked in at the weights here. He runs off a mark of 159 and if the handicapper could frame the weights again he would likely be the best part of 9lb higher. It is little wonder there has been some sustained ante-post money for this son of Assessor. Another positive is the way he was staying on at the end of the Gold Cup to be beaten only eight and a half lengths by the winner, so this extra mile trip looks right up his street.
However there are a couple of concerns with Anibale Flyer. Is he ground dependent? It is hard to say because he has only ever run on anything as fast as ‘good’ once and he didn’t run well. The rest of the time he has been campaigned on varying degrees of soft going, which we know suits him really well. His shrewd Irish trainer, Tony Martin, may have been avoiding fast ground with him for a reason and if it came up quick, as it often does at Aintree in April, then he might be disadvantaged. The other concern is his jumping. He fell two runs ago at Leopardstown and he has made mistakes before. However he was fairly foot-perfect when winning a £100k chase in late December at Leopardstown by seven lengths. If it rains, Anibale Flyer will be on plenty of shrewd punters’ shortlists. However if he keeps shortening in the bookies’ Grand National betting then, with those doubts about his jumping, we might just have missed the value.
Tiger Roll is from the other Irish yard that can do no wrong, that of Gordon Elliott. He and Mullins made the English trainers look idiots at Cheltenham and stable form can often be as important a guide to a winner as any other factor. In fact Tiger Roll was one of Elliott’s Festival winners – he landed the Cross Country Chase over 3m6f and was running on up the hill. On face value you would expect this son of Derby winner Authorized to relish the Grand National trip, while a horse at home on a Cross Country course should enjoy the not-dissimilar Aintree obstacles. He runs off 150 and that is a mark that looks very fair for this improved, and arguably still improving, eight-year-old. We would fancy him ahead of Total Recall or Blaklion in terms of having a bet. Gordon Elliott did win this race in 2007 with the Paul Nicholls’ chuck-out Silver Birch at 33/1. He has a real chance of doing it again.
We had a Scottish winner last year in One For Arthur, the first from that country since 1979. Hopes are high north of the border that it can happen again with Seeyouatmidnight. The Sandy Thomson trained 10-year-old was third in the 2016 Scottish Grand National on good to soft ground over a 4m trip. So Seeyouatmidnight ought to stay this extra two furlongs no problem. That was off the same mark he has here at Aintree, 149. Another vote of confidence for his chance has come from his change of ownership to David and Patricia Thompson, who own Cheveley Park Stud. They had a Grand National winner with Party Politics in 1992 and will have parted with the money for this gelding in the belief that he is made for the job.
Seeyouatmidnight had a promising pipe-opener over an inadequate trip when third at Newbury on his one run this season after a year off. That delay to his campaign is a concern as he was recovery from ‘injury’ but the fact he is fresh is advantageous. He acts on good through to soft ground and, on his best form, is entitled to get involved at the business end of the race.
The Last Samuri was second to the Rule The World in this Aintree race two years ago, when he started 8/1 joint favourite in the Grand National odds. He was 12lb higher in the weights last year and could only finish 16th. He runs off 159 this time, that’s 2lb lower than last year but still 10lb higher than two years ago. He is arguably getting punished for his consistency, having run some sold races in defeat this campaign, notably when runner-up to Blaklion in the Becher Chase ion December.
While course form is paramount, The Last Samuri is not getting any younger now that he has hit double digits. He is still a potent force, but unfortunately he has not been given enough of a chance by the handicapper. Though we won’t be backing him each-way, the best to be hoped for may be a valiant place. This 2018 Grand National preview needs to look elsewhere for a likely winner.
Minella Rocco (now a non-runner) is Jonjo O’Neill and owner JP McManus’s challenger. That combination won in 2010 with Don’t Push It. The positive is that this horse was runner-up in the Gold Cup last season to Sizing John. On that performance he could win this race standing on his head. The negatives are that he has stood on his head a couple of times, notably last time out in the Irish Gold Cup in February. In fact, in his last four outings he has failed to complete four times. That’s an abysmal statistic for his big-race chances.
Another imponderable is that Minella Rocco has had a wind operation to aid his breathing since his last time on a racecourse. If he wins the 2018 Grand National much will be made of that fact, however not all horses react positively to such medical intervention. Was his wind the cause of his jumping mistakes? He has fallen late on in races a couple of times, so running out of breath could certainly have been contributory.
With that one golden piece of 2017 form in the book and a wind operation in the bag, it will all seem so obvious if he wins. However there are plenty of question marks over this runner. A big weight, the gamble of an operation and his non-completion percentage put us off betting on this otherwise very classy eight-year-old.
There has been an ante-post plunge on Baie Des Iles. This seven-year-old grey mare is the mount of top amateur Katie Walsh. Within that sentence are a number of stats to overcome as a seven-year-old has not won since 1940, a female jockey has never won and the last mare to win was Nickel Coin in 1951, though several have placed. Many will remember the gallant Dubacilla who was fourth in 1995.
As for a woman riding the winner, Katie Walsh was third on Seabass in the 2012 Grand National and is clearly the best female jockey to have ridden in the race. The horse has plenty of experience for a seven-year-old, so age in this case should not be a hindrance. She was bought out of France, where the jumps horses get an excellent early grounding and are consequently ahead of their English and Irish peer group on the learning curve.
This preview has established how the statistics are stacked against Baie Des Iles, but what of the mare’s form? She likes soft or heavy ground and appears to stay very well, though she has never raced beyond the 3m5f trip of last year’s Welsh National, where she was 23 lengths fifth to Native River (winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup). Her latest start was when third off a rating of 145 (the same mark she races off here) in the Punchestown Grand National Trial. While beaten 14 lengths by the winner Folsom Blue, that horse was subsequently unlucky not win the Irish Grand National.
Baie Des Iles is trained by Katie Walsh’s husband Ross O’Sullivan and the shrewd Irish pair have undoubtedly targeted this race specifically. The mare is not fully exposed and so a little improvement on her already strong form has to be on the cards. However she appears ground dependent and may not stay this extreme trip if she gets the going she needs. That said, she has more on offer than many of the market leaders but is already looking too short in the betting.
To conclude, Baie Des Iles is very interesting, will be easy to follow in the hurly-burly of the race and can not be ruled out. However it is more likely that she will simply run well in defeat for her talented and history-seeking jockey Katie Walsh.
Another with a female jockey is Milansbar, the mount of Bryony Frost who has had an amazing season riding primarily for boss Paul Nicholls. Here she teams up with a lower-profile trainer, Neil King, and this horse certainly has a big chance if Bryony can keep the partnership intact over these obstacles. Unlike Katie Walsh, Frost has limited experience of this unique course and despite her talent she is one of the least experienced riders in the field. Nevertheless, at her each-way betting odds, she is likely to attract plenty of bets from those once-a-year punters and they would not be without hope.
Milansbar is in good form and goes well on soft or heavy ground. His latest runner-up spot in the 4m2f Midlands Grand National entitles him to a big chance here off just 1lb higher. He is one of the few horses in this field that we know stays the trip. Bryony Frost has won on Milansbar on her only ride aboard the 11-year-old, and that was in the Classic Chase at Warwick. If you had to crib the horse, he is getting to the veteran stage and his handicap mark, while workable, is a couple of pounds higher than he has won off. Is he improving at his age? Unlikely. If the partnership remains intact, and our nagging fear is that Bryony unseats despite the horse being a good jumper, then we could certainly see Milansbar running into a place. Bryony’s father, Jimmy Frost, won the race 29 years ago on Little Polveir in 1989, so she will have been given some sound instruction.
Ucello Conti could run well for a long way but he looked not to fully stay the trip when a distant 6th on soft ground in 2016. His form since has been solid enough, when he has completed, but he has not won since and unseated here last year. He is only a pound lower than two years ago, so it’s hard to see him actually winning.
Sue Smith won this in 2013 with Aurora’s Encore and she has a real shout with I Just Know. This horse looks to have been prepared for this race from a long way out. The improving eight-year-old has spent most of his career running over trips way short of optimum. The only time he was upped to a marathon trip (3m6f at Catterick on his penultimate start), he won by 15 lengths and still staying on. The ground was soft and all indicators from that run were that he would relish this 4m2f Grand National trip. He jumps well and front runs. It is hard to make all in the National, though it didn’t stop Mr Frisk, but at least you are out of trouble. The main niggle is I Just Know went up 14lb for that Catterick romp. Nevertheless, he is still unexposed at these extended distances and could have more up his sleeve. With doubts over most of the other fancied horses, this one has ticks in almost all the right boxes. Ignore his latest run over an inadequate trip over hurdles, that was just to put him right for the Grand National. Sue and Harvey Smith have to be respected when they work out an agenda for a horse, and this day has been the plan for a long time. Danny Cook does the steering and knows the horse well.
Eleven-year-old Buywise won the Veterans Chase final at Sandown on heavy ground in January, though he was well beaten in this race in 2016. A few shrewd judges fancy him as a likely outsider who could place at big odds. The win is hard to see, despite coming from the yard of Evan Williams who does well with his runners at Aintree.
The Dutchman bids to give trainer Colin Tizzard a Grand National win in the same year that the yard landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Native River. Like his stablemate, The Dutchman is a mudlark and on the basis of his runaway Peter Marsh win, he should have a big chance here. He has never run at anything like this trip but was staying on strongly at Haydock. He did pull up last time, but Tizzard states his yard was out of form then and that the run can be ignored. If he stays the trip, he has every chance at the weights. Indeed he holds Captain Redbeard on that Peter Marsh run, though that horse has run better since with a win over hurdles. However the trip is the question mark for Captain Redbeard.
Slightly ignored in the betting this time, Vieux Lion Rouge was towards the top of the Grand National odds at 12/1 when he was 6th, beaten 27 lengths, in this race last year to cosy winner One For Arthur.
Vieux Lion Rouge had won Haydock’s Grand National trial in February 2017 quite comfortably on good to soft ground. He beat none other than Blaklion by three and a quarter lengths that day, receiving 6lb. He receives 11lb from that horse here, so on that one piece of form Vieux Lion Rouge would have a huge chance of winning this race. However his subsequent runs have been disappointing, including in the Becher Chase in December when he was 7th beaten 65 lengths by the aforementioned Blaklion. He was 4th beaten 12 lengths behind Regal Encore at Ascot when last seen on a racecourse.
So what of Vieux Lion Rouge’s chances? On the form of early last season he would deserve to be favourite for this race. However bookies and punters have understandably lost confidence in him since. He does come from a fairly shrewd yard in David Pipe and if he can rekindle Vieux Lion Rouge’s enthusiasm, then he could improve on both last year’s 6th and 2016’s 7th in the Grand National. We know the nine-year-old gelding handles the course, but does he fully stay the trip? As for ground conditions, he acts on good through to heavy with his best performance on good to soft. There are worse outsiders to bet on, especially as he knows his way around this track.
Our Grand National Preview’s Betting Tips Conclusion & Verdict
- A lot of fancied horses do have concerns about them, however one that would certainly run well on his best form of two runs ago is THE DUTCHMAN. You can see his latest Grand National Odds above. He will love the ground and appreciate the trip and can seal a notable season for team Tizzard.
Boost Your 2019 Grand National Odds With Enhanced Place Terms
One of the best offers available for your Grand National betting is when one or two bookies offer ‘enhanced place terms.’ This is when they pay out your each-way bet on more places than usual.
For instance the usual terms for the place part of your each-way bet are 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4. But this year one or two bookies may be offering extended places down to 6th place. That means if you horse comes 6th and you had a bet each-way then you still win the place part of your wager.
The reason a bookmaker offers this bonus is to get you to sign with them rather than with their rival. It is actually a really good deal for the punter and it is our favourite Grand National special offer.
If you are a little confused by what we have written then read the next section for a detailed explanation of each-way Grand National betting.
Grand National Each-Way Betting Explained
An each-way bet is two bets: one bet to win and one bet to place. Imagine you have £10 each-way on a 20/1 horse. then you have actually placed a tenner to win and a tenner to place.
If the horse won the Grand National then the win part of the bet would pay you £200 profit and you would get your £10 stake back = £210 returned.
Assuming the place terms are the normal 1/4th odds 1,2,3,4 then your place bet would pay out at 5/1 (1/4th of 20/1).
So if your horse came anywhere in the first four you would get £60 returned to you for that part of the bet (ie: £10 at 5/1 and then your £10 place bet stake returned as well).
So the total amount returned to you on that 20/1 winner for your £10ew bet would be £270. That is £210 for the win bet and £60 for the place.
Now you can see the value of betting each-way with a firm that offers better place terms than normal.
If they offer ‘1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5,6’ then that means if your fancy comes 6th then you will still get paid for the place portion of your wager. With other bookies not offering those terms you would lose.
We believe enhanced place terms are a better deal when you are betting on the big race than chasing after sign-up bonuses, though at some firms you can get both.
Take a look at the Grand National betting odds table above. At the top of it we list all available special place terms for each-way bets. There tend to be more of them the closer you get to the actual race day.
About The Grand National
The Grand National horse race is run annually on a Saturday in April at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool. It is the ultimate test of the thoroughbred. The near four and a half mile course includes 30 daunting steeplechase fences.
This year the race is on Saturday April 14, 2018 and it a great opportunity to see the world’s best jump jockeys ride over the famous Aintree fences. It is a tough race to win, the 19-times record-breaking champion jockey Tony McCoy only won the race once and fr a long time it looked as if the biggest sporting event might elude him. But 2010 was his year when he guided Don’t Push It home for owner JP McManus and trainer Jonjo O’Neill. Who’s year will it be in 2018?
You can discover the patterns that emerge at Aintree using our unique trends section, where we analyse the stats and recurring tendencies of past Grand Nationals in order to find future winners. Catch up with the latest Aintree news and discover the big-race free bets and special offers from the online bookies.
In addition we review past races, which are always interesting to revisit and the analysis itself also provides pointers as to what it takes to land the great race. JustBookies will also have a guide to the main players in this year’s Aintree showpiece event.
Grand National TV Schedule 2019: How To Watch Aintree Showpiece
This year the Grand National is being televised live on ITV. If you are in the UK, then there is no need for pay-per-view or any fancy subscriptions to satellite channels. The race itself starts at 5.15pm on Saturday April 13, 2019, but the TV coverage itself starts several hours before that with the supporting races and behind-the-scenes interviews and pre-recordings to hopefully give you an insight into the most likely winners.