Noel Fehily on Blaklion (C) in action during the 5:15 Randox Health Grand National

2018 Grand National Betting

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Grand National Runners

And the best starting point to identify the 2018 winner of the great race is to look at the first 12 horses home in the 2017 race…


One For Arthur

Trainer: L. Russell | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: Derek Fox

The 2017 Grand National winner certainly has age on his side but it was 1974 when we last had a back-to-back National winner: the legendary Red Rum.  One For Arthur has only raced at 3m 2f or more four times and won three times at these extreme distances. Will have more weight to carry in 2018 but may not have peaked just yet.*

*At the time of writing, One for Arthur seems unlikely to be entered into the 2018 Grand National, with no bookmakers listing him as a likely runner.


Cause Of Causes

Trainer: G. Elliott | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-13 | Jockey: Jamie Codd

Ran a cracker in defeat behind One For Arthur and has won at the Cheltenham Festival for three consecutive seasons.  Loads of miles on the clock but holds his form well.  A non-factor in the 2015 Grand National, 2018 could well be his year.


Saint Are

Trainer: T. George | Age: 11 | Weight: 11-1 | Jockey: D Russell

A veteran of the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Grand Nationals and placed for a second time in 2017, this loveable veteran keeps his best form for Aintree. Likely to have three or four prep runs in late 2017 and early 2018 before his fifth attempt at landing the big one.

 
Blaklion

Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: N. Feihily

Started favourite and travelled so well for a long way in the 2017 Grand National before fading in to finish fourth in the closing stages.  Likely to be stronger in 2018 and while he’s likely to carry more than 10st 11lb in 2018, he looks like a certain improver.


Gas Line Boy

Trainer: I. Williams | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-07 | Jockey: R. Dunne

Last won a race in 2014 and he will be 12 years old in 2018.  The last National winner aged 12 was Amberleigh House in 2004 but there was no fluke about his fifth-placed effort in 2017.  There’s currently a question mark over him doing it all over again in 2018 though, with few firms including him in their book.


Vieux Lion Rouge

Trainer: D. Pipe | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: T. Scudamore

This classy French bred has won half of his ten chase starts, despite already running in two Grand Nationals.  Seventh in 2016 and sixth in 2017, he will surely be campaigned towards the 2018 race.


Lord Windermere

Trainer: J. Culloty | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: L. Aspell

The 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has not won a race since that career highlight and finishing seventh in the 2017 Grand National (albeit beaten by 27 lengths) represented his best form in a while.  However, age is against him and retirement may be beckoning.


Regal Encore

Trainer: A. Honeyball | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-13 | Jockey: R. Power

Pulled-up in six of his eight starts prior to finishing eighth in the Grand National.  The mixture of an extreme race distance and the Aintree fences seemed to agree with him, however. He might just have more to offer in 2018 if ridden with more confidence, now that his stamina has been confirmed.

Available on the Betfair ante-post market but not listed with many other bookmakers for the 2018 edition.


Pleasant Company

Trainer: WP. Mullins | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: R. Walsh

Never won a race in six starts over hurdles but was three from six over the chase fences prior to his ninth-placed effort in the 2017 Grand National.

Beaten by 28 lengths in the National (when fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth finished in a heap) and would have been a lot closer if it were not for a bad stumble at Valentine’s Brook on the second circuit.  A definite candidate for the 2018 Grand National, particularly if the ground comes up ‘soft’.


Houblon Des Obeaux

Trainer: V. Williams | Age: 10 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: C. Deutsch

Unable to emulate the trainers’ surprise 2009 Grand National winner, Mon Mome (100/1) when never really in contention during the 2017 race. With over 50 jumps races on his CV, it is hard to see him staking a claim on the 2018 National title.


Ballynagour

Trainer: D. Pipe | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: D. Noonan

It’s been three years since his last win over chase fences and he was another who was never competitive in the National in 2017.  Age is very much against him and it unlikely Ballynagour will contest the 2018 Grand National at all.


Le Mercurey

Trainer: P. Nicholls | Age: 7 | Weight: 11-0 | Jockey: S. Bowen

Had a lot of races in the months prior to contesting the 2017 Grand National and may have found it one race too many.  Likely to fare better than he did this year (twelfth) with an extra year on him and may well have a better racing weight in 2018. Huge outsider, though.

…and our 2018 big race fancy never made it beyond the first fence in the 2017 Grand National.


Vicente

Trainer: P. Nicholls | Age: 7 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: B. Hughes

16/1 in the 2017 National when falling at the first fence, the likeable Trevor Hemmings owned French-bred horse underlined his liking for extreme distances when landing the Scottish Grand National two weeks later for back-to-back wins north of the border.

With age very much on his side (two of the last three national winners were aged 8) he looks a worthy long-range favourite and our fancy at this stage. The bookies aren’t taking too many chances, either. No-one has him outside the Top 10 in the betting.


Grand National Betting Odds

Betting on the Grand National 2018 could not be easier, with all the bookies already having their markets up and varying opinions amongst them meaning that if you shop around, you’ll always find one going bigger than the others on your fancy.

There will be a lot of changes to the Grand National odds in the coming weeks and months. If you fancy a free bet or are on the look-out for some expert predictions, you can stay updated here with the latest Grand National betting odds.

Grand National Schedule

The Randox Health Grand National race 2018, one of the most famous horse races in the world, takes place at Aintree on April 8th, 2018. Here are the other races you can look forward to at Aintree before and after the big one that day.

Grand National Results and Winners

The Grand National was first officially staged in 1839 and was won by the aptly named ‘Lottery’.

A little-known fact is that although it’s commonly known as the Aintree Grand National, the race has not always been staged at the fabled Liverpool racecourse.  For three years during WWI and because of the intervention of the war, the race was staged at Gatwick racecourse. Alas that venue now has an airport on top of it so no more racing there for the time being.

Looking through the Grand National results and winners list shows what a near-on impossible task it is to win this race twice.

The last horse to win the race more than once was Red Rum in 1977 when he landed the race for a third time. Before that you have to go back to 1935/36 to see a horse appear twice on the winner’s list.

1988 Grand National winner Rhyme ‘n Reason, 1999 winner Bobbyjo and 2006 winner Numbersixvalverde were all previous winners of the Irish Grand National and so was Thunder and Roses, Shutthefrontdoor and Rogue Angel, the latter winning the Irish version of the race in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. He had to be strongly considered for the 2017 marathon, but the final Grand National 2017 winner was One For Arthur, as we’ve mentioned already.

In recent times a Welsh Grand National winner has also won the Aintree Grand National: Bindaree in 2002, Silverbirch in 2007. The 2016 winner Vicente is a huge price of 33/1 with Betfair for Paul Nicholls so is another worth keeping in mind for Grand National betting 2018.

The Last Samuri also has to be considered among the favourites and is put up here as the bet to have for legendary trainer Kim Bailey. The nine-year-old will be ten by the time April 2018 comes around and he improved with every run last season, with excellent wins at Kempton and Doncaster in the lead up to Aintree Festival 2017.

He took to the National fences like a duck to water and if you take last year’s winner Rule The World (now retired) out of the equation, he won the race very easily indeed, having been in or near the front for much of the race. Let’s see what he has in store for us for Grand National 2018.

Grand National Betting Tips

As the Aintree racecourse annual event approaches, we will update you with our horse-racing expert betting tips including Grand National 2018 runners review, odds updates and bookmakers offers.

Unsurprisingly, all the major betting firms are already offering Grand National odds and have done since the horses crossed the line in last season’s race. This is, after all, the biggest horse racing betting event of the year and one which will have major ramifications on the end-of-year balance sheets of the bookmaking firms.

Come race day all traditional ‘shop bookmakers’ and online bookmakers will be showering their customers with Free Grand National betting offers, money back concessions and all sorts of enhancements and bonuses.

The Grand National race is a great race to ‘play’ as an ante-post backer – that’s if you can identify a definite runner. A close inspection of recent Grand National results clearly show an average of around ten horses go off at odds under 20/1.

At present no horse is quoted below 20/1 and all but four of the horses in the current Grand National betting are 33/1 or greater.



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