On Saturday 8th April, bookmakers up and down the country are fighting for new customers by offering free bets and deals for betting on the 2017 Grand National.
The race starts at 5.15PM, and with over a quarter of the UK’s adult population expected to place a bet, we’ve put together a list below of the best betting offers for having a punt on the big race.
This list reflects the current offer available for each of the best UK bookies. The free bets may change, improve or be removed on the day of the Grand National, or on the days leading up to it.
10Bet £200 Deposit Bonus
- 50% Bonus up to £200 when you join.
- Regular horse racing & sports offers.
Bet365 £200 Deposit Bonus
- Huge brand with some incredible offers.
- Place bets on your phone/tablet with their app.
William Hill £20 Free Bet
- Regular horse racing offers.
- Well established and trusted brand in the UK.
Betfair £30 Free Bet
- Packed with features such as acca edge and cash out.
- Place bets on the app using your phone or tablet.
BetVictor £60 Free Bet
- Stream live horse racing with BetVictor.
- Get regular free bets when betting on sport.
Ladbrokes £50 Free Bet
- Best odds guaranteed plus on UK & Irish racing.
- Current free bet of up to £50 (use promo code: F50)
SkyBet £10 No-Deposit Free Bet
- Free £10 to use without having to deposit.
- Just make an account, pick a horse and stick a bet on!
Paddy Power £30 Free Bet
- Get all the perks of betting along with great customer support.
- Place bets on the app if using a mobile phone or tablet.
Current Free Bets Available For The Grand National
|Free Bet Details||Offer Type||Get Deal|
|William Hill Bet £10 Get £20||Free Bet||Claim Promotion|
|Bet365 £200 Deposit Bonus||Bonus||Claim Promotion|
|10Bet £200 Deposit Bonus||Bonus||Claim Promotion|
|Paddy Power Bet £10 Get £30||Free Bet||Claim Promotion|
|SkyBet £10 No Deposit Required||Free Bet No Deposit||Claim Promotion|
|BetVictor Bet £10 Get £30||Free Bet||Claim Promotion|
|Betfair Bet £10 Get £30||Free Bet||Claim Promotion|
|BetFred Bet £10 Get £30||Free Bet||Claim Promotion|
During early April, Aintree stages a three-day meeting at the Merseyside racecourse, the highlight of which is The Grand National on Saturday at 5.15PM. It is also supported by several top-quality races throughout the preceding two days prior to the main event.
Yet, it’s the ‘National which captures the imagination of the British public with up to 40 horses racing over approximately 41-42 miles with 30 fences to be jumped. It’s a handicap race with the best rated of the animals carrying the heaviest weights.
Obstacles such as Becher’s Brook, The Canal Turn and The Chair are as famous as the race itself with the horses competing over two circuits of the flat course.
Most of the fences have been modified in recent years, which has resulted in the attraction of a generally better standard of a racehorse to the race, yet the usual anticipation and excitement of ‘National Day’ remains with the bookmakers experiencing arguably their busiest day of the year, giving out some of the most lucrative no deposit free bet offers.
Betting Advice For Beginners
The Grand National is the biggest day of the year for betting, partly as it attracts so many people that place the bet out of interest and for fun.
If you’re betting for the first time, or if you need some advice you might want to view our beginner’s guide to betting on the Grand National. It’s a how-to guide that includes some tips, screenshots and answers all your questions such as ‘what does each way mean’, ‘what is starting price’ and how to understand the odds.
We recommend you use a no deposit free bet if you’re looking to bet on a longshot that might not make it over the first fence! That way if it doesn’t win you won’t be out of pocket as some bookies let
If you’re looking for some tips or recommendations, read our how to pick a winner at the 2017 Grand National guide, it’s got juicy details on which horses to look out for and some stats on previous winners that might help you to pick out that 100/1 longshot at the envy of your friends and family!
The Runners This Year
We’ve put together a list of this year’s runners. You can view the A-Z list of horses, their jersey colours, the form of their horses, who the trainer is and other useful info. If you’ve got an eye for betting and fancy having a few bets, we’ve got some tips and recommendations based on the strength of each horse and its jockey.
Famous Grand Nationals Over The Years
Amid the packed grandstands and millions of television viewers, especially in recent years, there have been many famous renewals of the Grand National several of which have dominated the main headlines in the media, including…
1956 – Owned by the Queen Mother, Devon Loch was ridden by Dick Francis and after jumping all 30 fences, the horse was approaching the winning post with a clear lead before inexplicably jumping in the air and stopping. ESB was the subsequent winner.
1967 – The Grand National horses had jumped Becher’s Brook on the second circuit before a loose horse stopped in front of the runners at the next fence. There were several who fell, and some horses were stopped in their stride, but backmarker Foinavon escaped the chaos and eventually won the race at 100/1.
1973 – An Australian-born horse called Crisp excelled at the two-mile distance and was asked to carry top-weight in the handicap for his first Grand National. Ridden by Richard Pitman, Crisp jumped with enthusiasm and led by a long distance for most of the race until caught by the famous Red Rum just metres from the winning post.
1977 – After winning the race in 1973 and 1974, Red Rum finished second in the two subsequent renewals of the race, but then became the first and only horse to win the ‘National’ on three occasions by thwarting the challenge of Churchtown Boy and earning a rapturous reception from the Aintree crowd.
1981– Jockey Bob Champion had beaten cancer and now wanted to ride Aldiniti in the Grand National. Regaining fitness was a difficult task but both horse and rider showed courage in denying the fast-finishing Spartan Missile to win the race.
1993 – The race that never was…Esha Ness was first horse past the winning post after two circuits, but a false start had been announced, and so it was declared a void race.
1997 – The ‘National’ was staged on a Monday due to the course being evacuated on the Saturday following a bomb threat. Lord Gyllene was the winner.
2010 – Legendary jockey Sir Tony McCoy wins the race for the first and only time aboard Don’t Push It.
2011 – Donald McCain jr follows his father, who trained Red Rum, by winning with Ballabriggs.