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Grand National 2021 Free Tips, Betting Guide & Odds


Grand National Free Tips 2022

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 our Grand National free tips to set you apart from the crowd and make you a winner.

Our racing expert and one of the UK’s best horse racing tipster’s Stephen Harris has posted his Grand National free tips for each race of the 2021 Aintree Festival including his 2021 Grand National tip. Stephen’s Grand National free tips are available only at bettingexpert.


Aintree Festival Day 1 – Grand National Free Tips 2022, Thursday 8th April

Time Race AINTREE FESTIVAL 2022 Tips
1:45 The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips 2022
2:20 The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle 2022
2:50 The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase Betway Bowl Steeple Chase Tips 2022
3:25 The Betway Aintree Hurdle Betway Aintree Hurdle Tips 2022
4:05 The Rose Paterson Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase Tips 2022
4:40 The Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase Tips 2022
5:15 The Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open Tips 2022

Aintree Festival Day 2 – Grand National Free Tips 2022, Friday 9th April

Time Race AINTREE FESTIVAL 2022 Tips
1:45 The Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle The Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle Tips 2022
2:20 The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2022
2:50 The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips 2022
3:25 The Marsh Steeple Chase Marsh Steeple Chase Tips 2022
4:05 The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase Tips 2022
4:40 The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2022
5:15 The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle Tips 2022

Aintree Festival Day 3 – Grand National Free Tips 2022, Saturday 10th April

Time Race AINTREE FESTIVAL 2022 Tips
1:45 The Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle Tips 2022
2:25 The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2022
3:00 The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips 2022
3:40 The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle Tips 2022
4:20 The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase Betway Handicap Steeple Chase Tips 2022
5:15 The Randox Grand National Steeple Chase Randox Grand National Steeple Chase Tips 2022
6:20 The Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open Tips 2022

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How to bet on Grand National 2022: Betting Guide

How To Bet On The Grand National

The Aintree Grand National is the big race of the entire horse racing year, commanding interest around the world and attracting millions of viewers from around the world. Most of the country has a wager and there have been some incredible finishes over the years, with the unique fences providing a severe test for horse and jockey.

Here at bettingexpert we have unearthed five punting pointers to help make the 2021 Aintree Grand National a profitable one

#1  Grand National Form And Experience Over Fences

Time and again the unique demands of the Grand National fences sees course specialists come back to Aintree and return to form from out of the blue. Astute punters will watch back the last few years Grand Nationals, paying special attention to those who jump fluently and prove their stamina for the sapping marathon trip.

There are just a handful of races run on this track each season, and clues can be found (and some big priced winners identified) by siding with those who have proved they can handle the demands of a huge field handicap at Aintree.

#2  A Patient Ride From Off The Pace

The days of Mr Frisk making all the running on firm ground at Aintree are very much a thing of the past, and astute punters should home in on patiently ridden stayers with bottomless stamina.

While risks are attached for those ridden from off the pace (fallers and trouble in running a hazard), these days the ground is always on the softer side of good and very few horses really stay the trip.

#3  Side With Young Improvers Laid Out For The Race All Season

The National Hunt season runs all year round these days, and plenty of these top class handicappers will have been on the go since the Autumn, racing once or twice a month in some of the most valuable Saturday prizes in Britain and Ireland.

Search instead for a lightly raced progressive improver, preferably with just a few runs through the winter months and one who has been specifically prepared to be at his peak on the big day that matters in April.

#4  Avoid The Huge Priced Outsiders

The public perception of the Grand National as being a lottery, won every year by 100/1 outsiders is not borne out by a cursory look at the facts. In recent times this has become a high class handicap, with the weights compressed and the betting a very accurate guide to the chances of the principal contenders.

If anything the prices of the hard to fancy runners are too short, with the bookmakers knowing they can lay every runner to an ill-informed public looking for a thrill at 50-1. The middle market between 10-1 and 20-1 is very much the area to concentrate on.

#5  Play Each Way With Bookmakers Offering Extra Places On The Day

The traditional place terms of 1/4 the odds 1234 are mathematically very favourable to bookmakers in these unusual 40 runner handicaps, but punters can now do a lot better by searching online to operators like Bet365 or Skybet.

Search out those firms who will offer six, seven or even eight places on the day, and put together a package of each-way bets at the best odds available. This dramatically tilts things in the punters favour and makes making a profit on the Grand National much more realistic.


Grand National 2022 Odds

The Aintree Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world, with an audience of millions and a rich history dating all the way back to its inception in 1839. The 4m2f marathon stamina test is a unique test for any horse, with the demanding fences still setting a tough challenge despite being dramatically reduced in their size for safety reasons in recent years. There is certainly a lot less carnage in-running these days, and the time when 100/1 chance Foinavon won in 1967 is a distant memory (missing a pile-up that wiped out every other runner and left the unconsidered outsider clear).

However, it is still a fiendishly difficult puzzle to solve, with a maximum field size of 40 every year and some real shocks in recent history. In 2019 Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll bids to become the first horse since Red Red in 1974 to win the big race for two consecutive years, and he is sure to be a very well backed favourite after two impressive wins already this winter (winning for the fourth time at the Cheltenham Festival when he took the Cross Country in remarkable style).

At bettingexpert we are determined to make the National a profitable one, and here we have five pointers for winner-finding ahead of the big day on Saturday April 10th (off time 5.15pm).


Top 5 Aintree Festival Grand National Free Tips 2022

#1 Cloth Cap

Jonjo O’Neill’s 9-y-o went straight to the top of the shortlist for the Grand National when winning at Newbury in November, jumping superbly at a brisk pace and having a competitive field strung out all over Berkshire from an early stage. He has crept into this from a very lenient looking mark, and ran extremely well when tried at a four mile marathon trip at Ayr back in April 2019. He has been kept fresh with just one run since at Kelso in March, and will relish the expected decent ground here (with his superb fencing likely to be a real asset over the unique National course).

#2 Burrows Saint

Willie Mullins 8-y-o has won three of his nine starts so far over fences, and remains with loads of potential once his stamina is drawn out. He comes here fresh after a cracking second behind the classy Acapella Bourgeoise at Fairyhouse in April, and his Irish Grand National win in 2019 showed he can cope with the demands of a huge field going a blistering gallop with stamina at a premium.

#3 Any Second Now

Ted Walsh knows exactly what it takes to win a Grand National, and this 9-y-o looks a live outsider from a very attractive looking handicap mark. He comes here freshened up after a disappointing effort in deep ground at Gowran in January, and seems sure to appreciate stepping right up in trip for the first time (well backed early faller in the 2019 Irish National at Fairyhouse).

#4 Secret Reprieve

Evan Williams has enjoyed a terrific winter, with some lovely young horses improving run to run as they gather experience. This through stayer landed an almighty gamble when winning the Welsh Grand National in January, always travelling strongly under a confident ride from the excellent Adam Wedge. He has scope to keep progressing after just six runs over fences, and with bottomless stamina assured makes plenty of ew appeal at the current prices.

#5 Santini

Temperament seems to have got the better of this quirky performer, with some expensive defeats in three starts over the winter. He seemed to down tools for pressure at Sandown last time out in February, but that did come in really bad ground behind the imprressive Native River, and he could be just the sort of quirky rogue to take to these unique fences. Certainly he is a very big priced fo one who finished second in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup, and some spring ground could see him in a much better light if in the mood on the day,


Top 5 Favourite Jockeys Grand National Tips 2022

#1 Jonjo O’Neill Jnr

This 22 year old has been something of a revelation since he started riding under Rules, mainly riding out for his father Jonjo O’Neill (who was a dual champion jockey himself riding 900 career winners). He has really impressed shrewd judges, and reminds me very much of the former champion jockey John Francome (brilliant over a fence, an exceptional judge of pace while being very strong at the finish). The young rider has increasingly become popular with a large number of trainers, not just for father Jonjo, and is probably being lined up for a top ride in the 2021 Aintree Grand National.

#2 Harry Skelton

Harry is best known for riding his brother Dan’s horses to great success over the last decade. They have enjoyed a fantastic season this time around, and have some live candidates for the Grand National meeting. Harry is a fantastic jockey who is particularly good from the front, with his ability to see a stride and gain ground at the fences sure to big a big plus over the demanding National fences.

#3 Paul Townend

Willie Mullins’ main stable jockey, he is one of the winning-most jockeys in Ireland in recent history and comes into Aintree on the back of another brilliant Cheltenham Festival. Paul is going to have a fantastic book of rides over the three days at Aintree, and will largely have the pick of Rich Ricci horses when it comes to choosing a ride in the National (yard has plenty of early entires with live claims). Although now 30 years old, he shows no sign of slowing down and is one of the most reliable jockeys in the weighing room.

#4 Jack Tudor

This rapidly maturing 19 year old has been a revelation in the last couple of seasons. He is currently under the tutelage of Christian Williams in Wales, but has also attracted the attention of several of big yards in the game. Jack has had a few rides for Nicky Henderson this season (including a couple of the Queen’s horses), and is an extremely promising jockey who is not going to be allowed to claim his allowance for much longer (already down to 3lbs which is likely to go in the next few months). He is expected to ride Potters Corner in the Grand National and a bold showing could really increase his public persona at an important stage in his career.

#5 Gavin Sheehan

Sheehan has returned from a serious injury (broken collarbone) which saw him miss several months of the winter, but he has returned better than ever and has started to pick up rides with all of his usual contacts. He is popular particularly with Venetia Williams and Harry Whittingdon amongst others, and is superb from the front over hurdles or fences. He is very much a young rider to follow over the next few years, and a bold showing at Aintree would be much deserved after a very frustrating time of things over the last few months.


Top 5 Favourite Trainers Grand National Tips 2022

#1 Paul Nicholls

The champion trainer has had 58 runners in the Grand National since 2003, with a remarkable 22 completing the course and his Neptune Collonges landing an emotional victory in 2012. He is sure to have a strong hand in the 2021 renewal, with all of his horses in terrific form at the moment and perhaps the tough and consistent stayer Yala Enki will be his best chance (with stamina proven and the excellent Bryony Frost sure to be booked).

#2 Willie Mullins

Ireland’s dominant force has multiple entries in 2021 as he bids to continue his terrific record at Aintree. A win for Hedgehunter in 2005 ended a frustrating run of near misses for the top Irish trainer, but he usually targets this race with a high class handicapper/Graded performer and has Acappella Bourgeois as a leading candidate this time around. Sometimes with the big name trainers it can be the case that their horses marks are a good bit higher than perhaps they should be on form, with reputation of connections perhaps influencing the handicapper unduly.

#3 Nigel Twiston-Davies

Bindaree was a memorable winner for the yard in 2002, and helped transform the fortunes of the yard (with the trainer pondering retirement until that dramatic win). He has suffered plenty of disappointments in recent Nationals, but this season has the high class Bristol du Mai entered up after another productive season in the mud at his favoured Haydock.

#4 Nicky Henderson

The Grand National is the one missing link in a fantastic training career, with the five time champion suffering many near misses in multiple attempts to win the biggest prize of the racing year. He has the enigmatic but high class Santini entered up this year, and he is just the sort of tricky rogue who could take a real liking to the unique demands of these fences.

#5 Jonjo O’Neill

Jonjo won the big race with Don’t Push It in 2010 (landing a wholesale nationwide gamble in the process), and has come very close on numerous occasions to adding to that tally (7 of his 31 entrants since 2003 have finished in the places). This season his main chance rests with the classy Cloth Cap, who has been given an extremely generous looking handicap mark and has been the subect of a sustained plunge from 25/1 into 14/1 since the weights were announced.

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