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edit: updated, April 09 2012 : Live odds for 2012 Aintree Grand National are now available.

This Year’s John Smith’s Grand national starts in two weeks lasting 3 days, from 7th-9th April at Aintree.7th April is Liverpool day. The following day is Ladies Day famous for hats!. The big race is on the 9th -the 2011 Grand national steeplechase.

The race is probably one of the most popular races in United Kingdomhorse racing betting, and definitely one of the most thrilling and exhilarating races of the year for fans of the sport. As you might expect, Twitter is overflowing with people hunting for Grand National tickets). What better time than now to do your research, to work out who you are going to gamble on and which free-bets or special offers you will pick up when you bet (loads of bookmakers offer excellent value deals for the Grand National).

Read our Grand National betting guide below to help identify possible winners, and give you some interesting Grand National triva along the way – after all, you can’t play bingo 24/7!


  • Plenty of Runners: With about 40 horses in the race you can certainly 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 tendancy of falling are not likely to have confidence and to maintain their balance to realistically stand a chance of victory.
  • Stamina: This is a long race – therefore horses with no history of wins 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 not often you will 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.


Online and land-based bookmakers and betting portals such as are more than happy to acquire new customers by offering free-bet offers during popular sporting events such as the Grand National, Cricket World Cup, Cheltenham, Wimbledon etc.

You can avail of free bets deals and offers on dedicated online betting forums and odds-comparison sites – for literally thousands in free bets for the Grand national each year.

note: this isn’t a post about playing online bingo… it’s about horse racing! Giddyup.