How to Bet on The Grand National 2017
Whether you’re an old hand or new to betting on the Grand National, bettingxpert has you covered with a complete guide to Grand National betting in 2017. We explain all the essential betting questions so you can enjoy one of the greatest sporting occasions in the world.
We understand that Grand National betting can seem a little daunting, especially if you’re a first time bettor. We'll run through the two main types of bets on the Grand National 2017 to give you the ultimate head start!
How to Bet to Win on The Grand National 2017
Betting on a horse to win the Grand National couldn’t be easier. Let’s take it in three simple steps:
Choose Your Horse
Whether you’ve studied the form, heard some inside knowledge or quite simply like the jockey’s colours, choose a horse you want to win the Grand National. You don’t just have to pick one, you can pick two, three, four or even all forty if you want!
Decide How Much You Want to Bet
How much do you want to bet on your horse? Remember, placing a bet on a horse to win the Grand National 2017 is just one bet. So if you have a £10 note in your purse or pocket and want to place all of it on your bet, that will be a total of £10 on a horse to win.
Decide How You’re Going to Bet
There are several options on how to bet on the Grand National. In shop, on the telephone, online or on the racecourse. Let’s take them separately.
- In Shop - If you’re going into a shop you will need to pick up a betting slip. These will be readily available on the day of the Grand National, have a look on the tables or just ask a cashier if you can’t find them. Once you have your Grand National betting slip, write ‘Grand National’ on your slip, write the name of your horse and the amount you want to bet.
- Online - In order to bet online you will need an account. If you don’t have a bookmaker account, you can check out a wide range of options with great offers here. To place a bet, select the Grand National race. Click on the odds of your horse (normally to the right of the horses name) and you will see a bet slip appear on the right hand side of your screen. You can now enter the amount you would like to bet on your horse and click ‘bet’. Congratulations, you have your Grand National 2017 bet on!
- By Telephone - To bet on the phone, you will need a bookmaker account. Simply ring the number of your bookmaker and tell them your horse name, race (Grand National) and how much you wish to bet. They will do the rest!
- On Course - If you’re on the racetrack, have your money ready in your hand. Walk up to your bookmaker and state the bet you would like ‘£10 win’ and the horse name ‘Many Clouds’. The bookmaker will take your money, produce your slip and you’re on. “£10 win on Many Clouds please” – he’ll know exactly what you mean.
How to Bet Each-Way on the Grand National 2017
What is an Each-Way bet?
Quite simply, an each-way bet is two bets wrapped up into one. An each-way bet is made up of a bet to win and a bet to place. Let’s put this into practice.
You have £10 in your pocket. You want to bet on Many Clouds to win the Grand National but you would like to win some money if he finishes second, third, fourth or fifth. No problem, an each-way bet is for you.
Unlike a win bet, each way bets pay you a return if your horse finishes in the places and that’s why its two bets – one to win and one to place.
How Do I Place an Each-Way Bet on The Grand National?
To place an each way bet on the Grand National 2017, follow the exact same steps as mentioned above but include:
In Shop - When you’ve written your horse name, odds and Grand National 2017 on your slip, make sure you write ‘Each Way’ or ‘E/W’/. This tells the cashier to split your total stake (ie. £10) into two bets (£5 to win and £5 to place).
Online - Tick the each way box on your betslip and this will automatically work out your total stake. Use the boxes to adjust the amount you’d like to bet.
By Telephone - Tell the operator that you would like the bet to be each way and they will do the rest.
On Course - When you go up to your bookmaker, say to him or her “£5 each way on Many Clouds”. Pass the £10 over to your bookmaker and the slip will tell you exactly what you will receive if your horse wins or places.
After following all these steps, you should know have your bet placed so you’re ready to cheer and scream home the winner of the Grand National – hopefully yours!
Grand National 2017 Betting Odds
Understanding the odds is an important part of placing your bet. The best time to get your Grand National bets on is early, generally on the morning of the day. The Grand National is one of the toughest horse races in the world to win so you’re always very likely to have a double figure horse, say 10/1 or bigger. If you back the current favourite for the Grand National at 20/1 for £10 you would get £200 (20 x £10) and your £10 back making a whopping £210.
What are The Grand National 2017 Odds?
- Many Clouds 8/1 bet365
- The Last Samuri 12/1 Skybet
- Silviniaco Conti 12/1 William Hill
- The Druids Nephew 16/1 bet365
- Holywell 16/1 William Hill
- Saint Are 16/1 bet365
- Cause Of Causes 20/1 William Hill
- Shutthefrontdoor 20/1 bet365
- Goonyella 20/1 Coral
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Get Grand National 2017 Betting Tips
The Grand National is the biggest horse racing event of the year. It has the highest turnover of any single race held in the UK and is watched by millions each year. We share a few Grand National hints and tips to set you apart from the crowd and make you a winner.
Get on early! Given the huge amounts of money bet on the Grand National each year, bookmakers both on and off course can sometimes be overcome with the huge liabilities and potential payouts. As a consequence, some bookmakers, particularly on course become risk averse and shorten (decrease) a horses price (3/1 into 2/1 for example) without pushing (increasing) another horse's price (5/1 to 6/1 for example) to make a balanced book. In layman's terms, you are generally worse off betting the closer you get to the start of the Grand National so get those bets on early in the morning – before lunchtime is generally best.
Take the price! When you walk into your local bookmaker, the cashier will ask you ‘do you want to take the price?’ He or she is basically asking you if you would like the odds as they are when you give the cashier the slip or the odds when the race goes off. You don’t have to, but we would advise saying yes and taking the price. For the reasons given above, horses are generally worse value at the off then they are in the morning. In layman’s terms, you could win more money by taking the odds as they are in the morning than waiting till the race starts.
Stephen Harris' Aintree Festival Betting Tips
Our racing expert and one of the UK's best horse racing tipster's Stephen Harris has posted his selection for each race of the 2017 Aintree Festival including his 2017 Grand National tip.
Aintree Festival Day 1 Tips
- 1.40pm The Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase: Sizing John 1 unit EW 5/1 Stan James
- 2.15pm The Betfred Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle: Footpad 2 units EW 8/1 Paddy Power
- 2.50pm The Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase: Cue Card 4 units WIN Paddy Power
- 3.25pm The Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle: Annie Power 7 units WIN 4/7 William Hill
- 4.05pm The Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Steeple Chase: Mendip Express 1 unit EW 12/1 Coral
- 4.40pm The Betfred Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase: Minella Present 1 unit EW 10/1 Ladbrokes
- 5.15pm The Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open: Shattered Love 1 unit WIN 10/1 William Hill
Aintree Festival Day 2 Tips
- 1.40pm The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle: Starchitect 1 unit EW 12/1 Coral
- 2.15pm The Top Novices’ Hurdle: Limini 4 units WIN 6/4 Paddy Power
- 2.50pm The Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase: Ballyalton 1 unit EW 12/1 Betfred
- 3.25pm The JLT Melling Steeple Chase: Vautour 10 units WIN 2/5 William Hill
- 4.05pm The Crabbie’s Topham Steeple Chase: As de mee 1 unit EW 12/1 BetVictor
- 4.40pm The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle: Ballydine 1 unit EW 6/1 Ladbrokes
- 5.15pm The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open: Any Drama 1 unit WIN 12/1 Betway
Aintree Festival Day 3 Tips
- 1.40pm The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle: Arpege D'Alene 1 unit EW 12/1 Betway
- 2.25pm The EZ Trader Mersey Novices’ Hurdle: Yorkhill 7 units WIN 4/7 bet365
- 3.00pm The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase: Alilsier D'Irlande 2 units EW 6/1 Paddy Power
- 3.40pm The Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle: Different Gravey 2 units EW 7/1 Stan James
- 4.20pm The Betfred Handicap Steeple Chase: Knock House 1 unit EW 20/1 Betway
- 5.15pm The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase: The Druids Nephew 2 units 16/1 bet365
- 6.10pm The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle: Boite 1 unit EW 10/1 Coral
Which Horse Will Win The Grand National 2017?
It’s impossible to say for certain which horse will win the Grand National 2017. However, we can make predictions and forecasts based on trends and statistics to try and narrow down the field to the most likely winners of the race.
Sadly, it’s rather pointless doing this until we know exactly which horses will be running which we generally won’t know until a week or so before the race. However, we run through the main contenders at this stage to give you a flavour of what’s to come.
Many Clouds, last year’s winner, will be aimed at the race again this year and is already co-favourite for the race. Red Rum is the only horse to win two or more Grand Nationals and it would be some feat if Many Clouds were able to match such an esteemed name.
Silviniaco Conti, Paul Nicholls’ superstar is now being touted as a real contender for the Grand National. He’s a star staying chaser but things haven’t always gone his way having never won the Cheltenham Gold Cup – something he’s attempted for three years. It’s strongly suggested that Silviniaco Conti doesn’t handle the steep incline at Cheltenham so turning to the Grand National at Aintree may be a viable option given its flat nature.
The Druids Nephew came on leaps and bounds last year winning a Cheltenham Festival handicap before falling in the Grand National. He travelled strongly for a long way on that occasion, coming down just 6 fences from the finish. The handicapper knows what he’s all about now but connections are hopeful of another crack at the richest race in the UK.
Shutthefrontdoor was the last ever ride for champion jockey AP McCoy and that probably had an impact on his price (odds) for the race starting as a very short 6/1 favourite. He ran an incredible race to finish 5th of the 39 strong field and he again ranks as one of the strongest contenders at this stage for the Grand National 2017.