The 2019 Grand National is the world’s most famous steeplechase and will take place on April 6th at 5:15pm
Are you getting ready for the 2019 Grand National?
There are no bigger races in the National Hunt calendar than the Randox Health Grand National, where forty runners and riders tackle the formidable obstacles at Aintree hoping to etch their names in the history books forever more.
This year’s renewal promises to be something special, with some high-calibre horses set to be entered for the 2019 race and Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll will aim to emulate his success of 2018 when he romped home to victory.
What date and time is the 2019 Grand National?
The 2019 Grand National takes place on Saturday 6th April. However, the start time has been pushed back in recent years and the horses are due off at 5.15pm. Anyone who has watched this race before knows that we might even see the starter delay matters until 5.20pm or even 5.30pm should the jockeys not be playing ball.
What TV channel is showing the 2019 Grand National?
It will be televised on ITV in the UK, with coverage starting much earlier in the day as there are several other high-profile races taking place at Aintree. You can also watch the action online with several bookmaker websites including William Hill, Ladbrokes and BetVictor.
Who are the favourites to win the Grand National?
Tiger Roll was the winner of the 2018 renewal and appears on course to take his place in this year’s race. Trainer Gordon Elliott has once again tilted his charge towards this famous steeplechase and Ladbrokes offer ante-post odds of 20/1 that we see him retain his National crown.
However, there is certain to be stiff competition from what promises to be a high-quality field on April 6th.
Should I back an outsider to win the Grand National?
In a word, yes! Between 2012 and 2016 the winners of this brilliant race were Neptune Collonges (33/1), Auroras Encore (66/1), Pineau De Re (25/1) and Many Clouds (25/1). A handsome return on anyone’s money so it’s certainly worth looking beyond the favourites for the race.
The beauty of the Grand National is that you have forty runners so the odds are generally favourable whoever you want to back. No horse will be any shorter than 6/1 for the race and this still represents six times your stake should the horse oblige.
It’s also worth noting that lots of big-priced horses also finish in the first four or five places, so each-way bets on this race are advised as you can make a healthy return on a wager even if you don’t pick the winner.
What is each-way betting on the Grand National?
It is when you back a horse to win and to place in the race. So half of your stake goes on the horse to win the Grand National and the other half is backing the horse to finish in the first five places (doesn’t matter where).
For example, if you had backed Tiger Roll at 10/1 to win the 2018 Grand National and staked £10 e/w, the bet would cost you a total of £20.
The £10 win bet on Tiger Roll would have landed you a return of £110.
The £10 place bet on Tiger Roll would have landed you a return of £35.
That £35 is calculated as follows. A bookmaker offers something called each-way terms and they are generally ¼ odds for the first five places. Therefore, ¼ of 10/1 is 5/2 and that is where your £10 goes.
How often does the favourite win the Grand National?
It hasn’t obliged in the past eight renewals! However, this race has certainly become less of a lottery now that you get so many high calibre entries, with Don’t Push It claiming the spoils as 10/1 joint-favourite in 2010.
Previously to this, Comply Or Die delivered the goods in 2008, with Hedgehunter another favourite to win the Grand National in 2005.
Good luck with your 2019 Grand National bets!!!