How To Bet On The Grand National Online

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If you have never made a horse racing bet before, doing so is very easy and there’s no better place for wagering than RaceBets.com – a bookmaker totally dedicated to racing.

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Welcome Bonus

We’ll match your first deposit, up to a maximum of £50, with bonus cash (minimum deposit is just £10). We are also offering ‘Non-Runner No Bet’, on every horse in our ante-post market (ante-post markets are offered on big races, such as the Grand National. It means we offer fixed-odds betting long before the actual day of the race). That means that if you make your bet today, you will have your stake refunded if the horse does not take part in the Grand National.

Finding The Race-Card

When you have signed up for an account and made your deposit, simply click on the ante-post tab which you will find on the top left of the screen. Select ‘Grand National’ and you will see the race-card. The odds on offer will be displayed on the right-hand side of the card. You can choose to view decimal or fractional odds, by changing your settings. Click on the cog icon, at the bottom-left of the screen, to make changes.

Placing Your Bet

Click on the odds, to back any horse. The betting-slip will now appear and you can enter the amount you want to bet. Most people simply back a horse to win the race, but you can also make an each-way bet. This means making 2 bets – a win bet and a place bet. When you bet each-way, you will also win if your horse finishes in any of the place positions, although the odds will be smaller. You’ll find details of how many places are on offer and what fraction of the win odds are available for the place part of your each-way bet, at the top of the race-card.

When you have entered your stake and selected the type of bet you want to make, you will be asked to confirm. As soon as you click confirm, your bet is placed and cannot be reversed so make sure you have all details correct!

It’s as easy as that. If you win, the money will be credited automatically to your RaceBets account a few minutes after the race (when the result is officially declared). Good luck!

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Race Info & History

The Grand National race is a handicap race for horses aged 6 years or older. The race takes place on the racecourse at Aintree over a distance of 4 miles with 30 fences which the horses have to jump over.

The race takes place over two circuits, each with 16 fences. Two fences are jumped twice (“the Chair” and “the Water Jump”) . Some jumps are legendary because there are so many horses that have fallen victim to them. However, many fences have been made less difficult, due to concerns about the horses’ safety.

Early Days

There has been much debate about where the Grand National really started and what date this was. Officially, it first took first place in 1838, but many involved in racing now believe that it first took place in 1836. This race was won by The Duke, the same horse that won again in 1837. However, it was thought that the races in 1836 and 1837 took place at Maghull and not Aintree –  this led to some people debating whether it was really a true Grand National. Those dates are, therefore, not included in the record books.

During the first three years of the First World War the racecourse at Aintree was closed and alternative races were then relocated to Gatwick. The first race at Gatwick was called the Racecourse Association Steeplechase. and the other was named the War National Steeplechase. The races at Gatwick are not always seen as a real Grand National races, yet the winners are recorded in the record books.

Foinavon’s Amazing Victory

In 1967, there was a big pile-up at the 23rd fence. Seventeen horses fell. Foinavon was so far behind that he managed to avoid the mayhem and take the lead. The horses that were able to recover were unable to catch-up and the unfancied Foinavon pulled off a shock victory.

Red Rum

The most successful horse in Grand National history was Red Rum . He was the only horse that won the Grand National three times. He won in 1973 , 1974 and 1977. In the intervening years (1975 and 1976 ), he came second. Mares (female horses) have won the race on twelve occasions.

The World’s Most-Famous Horse Race

The Grand National is one of the most important events in British sport. It is the World’s most-famous horse race and more people watch the Grand National on their television sets than any other race.

For us at RaceBets, the day of the Grand National is among the busiest of the year. Many people are betting for the very first time. Don’t worry if you have never placed a bet before, as our customer support team are on hand to give you any help you need. Enjoy the 2017 Aintree Grand National and we wish you the best of luck, with your bets!

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