Grand National Race 2018
- 1 Bookmaker offers for the Grand National
- 2 Introduction to the Grand National at Aintree
- 3 Aintree schedule
Bookmaker offers for the Grand National
Boylesports Offers: Sign-up for an account at Boylesports and place a qualifying bet of €10 at Evens or greater to receive a free €30 sportsbook bet to spend how you please. Get your money back as a free bet if your selection falls at the first or last jump at selected horse race meetings.
Betfair Offers: Commit €10 or more to qualify for a 100% matched amount as a bonus to bet with. The maximum bonus that can be claimed is €100.
Betway Offers: New Ireland customers can get a free sports bet up to €30. The minimum deposit is €10. First deposit matched up to €30. Wager once at odds of 3/4 or greater to unlock the free bet.
Bwin Offers: Register a new account with bwin and receive a 100% deposit bonus up to €120 on your first deposit. The minimum deposit is €10.
Paddy Power Offer: Open a new account and deposit a minimum of €10 either by debit/credit card or PayPal. Place a single sports (fixed odds) bet (minimum stake €10) at odds of at least 1/2 within 30 days of opening your account and you’ll receive €30 in free bets.
William Hill Offers: Sign-up at William Hill and place a bet of €10 or more they will give you 3 x €10 free bets. A minimum unit stake of €10 at odds of 1/2 or greater is required.
Ladbrokes Offers: Register a new Ladbrokes account using and deposit a minimum of €5. Place a €5+ bet on any sport at odds of 1/2 or greater and a free matched bet up to €50 will be credited on placement.
10Bet Offers: Make your first deposit, turnover once, and 10Bet will give you an extra 50% up to €200 Bonus. Get a €10 free bet any time your runner comes in second to the SP favourite (selected meetings only).
Introduction to the Grand National at Aintree
The Grand National Meeting at Aintree is one of the most popular events in the UK horse racing calendar. The highlight of the three-day meeting is undoubtedly the iconic Grand National race itself.
The 4m 2f 74y steeplechase is a stamina-sapping test of endurance for both horses and jockeys. The National attracts a huge betting turnover, with bookmakers estimating that over €250 million was wagered on the race in 2017.
The Grand National is hugely popular with Irish punters, with the country’s top trainers sending a strong team of horses to the event.
The meeting will be held at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, and is scheduled to take place from Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 14 April, 2018.
At BettingTop10, we love the excitement generated by the Grand National. We’ll provide details on the entire meeting, including the latest news, the various markets, the best odds and the top promotions.
In this guide you will find information about all the best races, the odds, the race schedule and betting information from across the industry.
We do all the hard work so you don’t have to, and all of the websites featured here cater for the Irish market.
Betting options at the Grand National
There are numerous different ways to bet on horse racing, including win, each-way and accumulators. Here at BettingTop10, we have compiled a list of four of the most popular types of bet.
- Win Bet: This is the easiest bet to place and one of the most popular choices for Irish punters. Also known as a single bet, this is where you wager on a horse to finish first in the race. For example, you could bet £10 on a horse to win at odds of 9/1. If it wins you receive £100 back – £90 winnings plus your original £10 stake.
- Each-Way Bet: An each-way or place bet is where you wager on your horse either winning or finishing in the places. If it finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th you get returns for the place part only – your win bet is a loser. Many bookmakers pay out on the first six home in the Grand National and the place odds are usually 1/4 of the original price.
- Accumulator: This type of bet combines two or more selections into a single wager that gains a return only when all selections win. Doubles, trebles and four-folds are all very popular accumulator bets, but the higher the number of selections you make, the more chance you have of one letting you down.
- Forecast Betting: A straight forecast bet requires you to pick the first and second in a race in the correct finishing order. An alternative to this is a reverse forecast, where you select the first two horses to cross the line without having to guess which order they finish in. With this bet you must double your stake.
Betting odds at the Grand National
The races at the Grand National meeting feature many of the sport’s top equine stars and they offer Irish punters an excellent chance of finding winners.
There are numerous Grade 1 races throughout the three days and Irish trainers often target these for the best horses in their stables. The handicap races are hugely competitive and many start with favourites priced at odds of 6/1 or bigger, giving punters a great chance of securing some excellent returns.
The best online bookmakers price up all of the races weeks before the action gets underway, and the BettingTop10 team constantly monitor the markets to bring you all the best odds, both before and during the meeting.
Many bookies use the Grand National as a way to attract new customers, regularly offering sign-up deals, free bets and other promotions to entice punters to use their websites.
Day One – Thursday, 12th April, 2018 – Liverpool Day
The opening day of the Grand National Meeting features a host of top class racing. The 3m 1f Betway Bowl Chase is the highlight of the first day and the race regularly attracts a star-studded field. Previous winners include the likes of Wayward Lad, Our Vic and Silviniaco Conti.
|Manifesto Novices’ Chase||Chase||13.45||Bet Now|
|Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle||Hurdle||14.20||Bet Now|
|Betway Bowl Chase||Chase||14.50||Bet Now|
|Aintree Hurdle||Hurdle||15.25||Bet Now|
|Fox Hunters Chase||Chase||16.05||Bet Now|
|Red Rum Handicap Chase||Chase||16.40||Bet Now|
|Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race||FRace||17.15||Bet Now|
Day 2 – Friday, 13th April, 2018 – Ladies Day
Day two at Aintree is Ladies Day and is the perfect opportunity for racegoers to show they can match the likes of Royal Ascot in the fashion stakes. The 2m 4f Melling Chase is the feature race and often includes horses which ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
|Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle||Hurdle||13.40||Bet Now|
|Aintree Top Novices’ Hurdle||Hurdle||14.20||Bet Now|
|Mildmay Novices’ Chase Odds||Chase||14.50||Bet Now|
|Melling Chase||Chase||15.25||Bet Now|
|Crabbie’s Topham Chase||Chase||16.05||Bet Now|
|Sefton Novices’ Hurdle Odds||Hurdle||16.40||Bet Now|
|Champion Open Flat Race||FRace||17.15||Bet Now|
Day 3 – Saturday, 14th April, 2018 – Grand National Day
Over 600 million people around the world will tune in to watch the most iconic horse race on the final day of the meeting – The Grand National Steeplechase. Fences like Becher’s Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn provide a stiff test for the horses and jockeys. Horses like three-time winner Red Rum have etched their name in horse racing folklore through their exploits at Aintree.
|Aintree Handicap Hurdle||Hurdle||13.45||Bet Now|
|Mersey Novices’ Hurdle||Hurdle||14.25||Bet Now|
|Maghull Novices’ Chase||Chase||15.00||Bet Now|
|Betway Handicap Chase||Chase||15.40||Bet Now|
|Stayers’ Hurdle||Hurdle||16.20||Bet Now|
|2018 GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE||Chase||17.15||Bet Now|
|Conditional Handicap Hurdle||Hurdle||18.15||Bet Now|