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Not tennis! Betting on Aintree Grand National – a guide

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The 2011 John Smith’s Grand national commences in sixteen day and runs between 7th-9th April in Aintree.7th April is referred to asLiverpool day. The next day is Ladies Day with a focus on hats!. The major event is on the 9th -the 2011 Grand national steeplechase.

The Grand National is definitely one of the biggest events in UK horse racing betting, and definitely one of the most elating and exhilarating races of the year for fans of the sport. As you might think, Twitter is flooded with people looking for Grand National tickets). Now to do your research, to decide who you are going to gamble on and which free-bets or special offers you will select up when you bet (most bookmakers offer excellent value promotions for the Grand National).

See our Grand National betting ideas below to help identify possible winners, and give you some interesting Grand National history along the way.


  • loads of Runners: With around 40 horses in the race you can surely expect a spectacle. That’s a lot of legs! It’s quite common to see riders falling and horses running without jockeys.
  • Long Track: 4.5 miles
  • Jumps & Balance: Horses with history of falling are not likely to have confidence and to maintain their composure to realistically stand a chance of winning the race.
  • Stamina: This is a long race – therefore horses with no track record of victories on tracks over 3 miles in distance are more unlikely to win on a 4.5 mile track.
  • The race is synonymous with the racehorse “Red Rum”which was trained on the beaches of Southport and went on to win 3 Grand Nationals, capturing the nation’s hearts.
  • Each way betting – placing an each way bet on the grand national is an easy way to make profit, as bookmakers pay four places on each way bets as standard
  • It is rare to find a contender in the race with such short odds that you won’t make a profit with an each way bet, should the horse place 1st-4th.


Bookmakers and betting sites such as betrescue are more offering free-bet offers during popular sporting events such as the Grand National, PGA Tour, Wimbledon etc.

Check out the Free bets pages on Odds Comparison or bets free bets for over £600 in free bets for the 2011 Grand national.