Compare Grand National odds 2018 from the top bookies using the betting table below. We also have the latest Grand National preview and tips to help you with your bet. Plus claim free bets. Odds table updated 16/2 10.45pm.
Grand National Betting Odds 2018
5.15pm Saturday April 7 2018; TV Schedule: live on ITV; 4m 2f; click best odds in bold to visit bookie; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4.
Boost Your 2018 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 the first 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 7, 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: 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 7, 2018., 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.
Aintree Preview: Guide To 2018 Grand National Odds & Contenders
This Grand National preview takes a look at the main contenders in roughly odds order and tries to pinpoint those horses with a major chance of lifting the famous Aintree prize (5.15pm Saturday April 7, 2018; 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 they should have been). 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 simply don’t understand the handicap system and how the make-up of this famous Aintree race has completely changed in recent decades.
Vieux Lion Rouge is towards the top of the Grand National odds, having won Haydock’s Grand National trial quite comfortably on good to soft ground. He earned a rating of 155 for that run, but races off 149 here, so has 6lb in hand theoretically. He has been aimed at the race specifically by David Pipe, a yard (including when his father Martin trained) that loved a tilt at the big race and has hit the target twice before.
Vieux Lion Rouge had previously won the Becher Chase over the National fences. He has had two runs this season and won two major trials for the Aintree showpiece. He was seventh in the Grand National last year, so handles the fences, but looks an improved performer now. Little wonder he has his supporters.
Runner-up to Vieux Lion Rouge at Haydock last time was Blaklion. He could finish a whole lot closer this time around as he does have a 3lb pull for the few lengths he was beaten at Haydock. Also from a yard with a good record in the race, they have been eying this prize from a long way out.
Gas Line Boy was a well beaten fourth at Haydock and on form looks held by the other two. He fell at the first in this race in 2015.
Trainer Brian Ellison saddles Definitly Red and while his connections may never win a spelling competition, they could win this famous race. He came home a mile clear (well 14 lengths to be exact) at Doncaster in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase beating the solid and admirable yardstick The Last Samuri.
Definitly Red now looks very well weighted as he runs off 149 but has been raised to a mark of 159. That means if the handicapper could frame the race right now he would have 10lb more on his back, so it is easy to make a case for him. Looking through his form, though, there seems to be the suggestion that he strives on soft ground (as it was last time out). So his best form is possibly ground dependent. If it rains his odds will shorten, but it is often good ground at Aintree. Ellison has been issuing bullish soundbites.
As for the much-liked The Last Samuri, it may prove dangerous to dismiss him because of the ease with which he was beaten at Doncaster. He did start favourite that day and one excuse is that it was his first run for three months. He had previously been third in the Becher Chase (a race, as previously mentioned in this preview, that is run over the National fences) to Vieux Lion Rouge.
The Last Samuri was second to the now-retired Rule The World in this Aintree race last year, when he started an 8/1 joint favourite in the Grand National odds. The real problem for form students is that he is 12lb higher in the weights this year, so he does need to improve to win in 2017. That said, he can not be dismissed and while nothing is certain in racing, he knows the course and should give each-way punters a great run for their money at the least.
Trainer Gordon Elliott’s Cause of Causes, 8th in 2015 behind the ill-fated Many Clouds off a mark of 146, now races off 4lb higher. However he owes his position towards the head of the betting thanks to an easy victory in the cross country race at the Cheltenham Festival last month. Cause of Causes stayed on strongly to beat stablemate Bless the Wings by nine lengths.
Bless the Wings may also run in the Grand National and he would certainly have a chance, at much longer odds, to give Irish handler Elliott a second win after 33/1 shot Silver Birch (a ‘chuck out’ from Paul Nicholls’ all-conquering yard) won in 2007.
The Young Master is racing off a mark of 150, despite his official rating having dropped to 148. His form has not been world-beating this season but his most recent run was promising. He was sixth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival staying on nicely. What really encourages this preview about this chance is that all roads have been leading to the Grand National. It was only four runs ago that this horse won the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, one of the most competitive handicaps of the year. That was April last year and this may just be his time of year.
His amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen has a better CV than most professionals and a great winning record around the Aintree fences. The Young Master is trained by one, shrewd operator Neil Mulholland. If we were only allowed one each-way bet in the Grand National then it would be on this horse, The Young Master at around 20/1 in the Grand National odds.
Trainer Willie Mullins can never be dismissed lightly and he saddles Pleasant Company. He won the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last time out in late February. His previous fourth in the Thyestes Chase hinted that he may want the marathon trip that he gets here. He has done most of his racing, and winning, on soft ground. That is actually an oddity because his sire Presenting tends to get stock that can’t win on soft but love good fast ground. So the breeding suggests he will be fine if it comes up faster than he has met before. The bookies are taking few chances with Pleasant Company in the betting and this Irish raider must have a big shout if jumping round safely.
Another Gordon Elliott runner, Ucello Conti, runs for Ireland. He was sixth in this race last year and did make a couple of blunders. He runs off the same mark, so you might think he would need to improve to win. He was fourth, beaten less than three lengths to Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher Chase over these fences once again in December. Maybe with the extra course experience under his belt, he could do better this time around. Ucello Conti is another that can not be discounted.
Saphir Du Rheu was fifth in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last year. He actually has a pound pull with More Of That. So supporters of More Of That will also have respect for Saphir Du Rheu, who hails from the mighty Paul Nicholls’ stable. This will be the horse’s first sight of these fences and if he takes to them, then this is certainly one of the class acts in the field. Nicholls will be eager to add to his victory in 2012 with Neptune Collonges.
Another from the Nicholls’ yard, Vicente stays very well. He has already won a National (the Scottish) and ran respectably when 6th in Welsh Version at Chepstow just over three months ago. Vicente can not be ruled out. The yard also saddle Just A Par for young jockey Harry Cobden. Just A Par was well beaten last year, but on picks of his in-and-out form he would have every chance.
Saint Are was second to Many Clouds in 2015 and off a mark just a few pounds higher, does look good value at around 40/1. That is a big price for a horse that acts so well on this course. If you want a longshot, Saint Are could give you a great run.