The Grand National
The Grand National is the most famous and prestigious horse race in the world and takes place annually in April at Aintree Racecourse.
The Randox Health Grand National Festival is a three-day event featuring 21 races with the Grand National race taking place on the final day. This year, the festival will run from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th April 2020. Over 150,000 people will attend the festival and an estimated 600,000 people will watch the Grand National on the Saturday.
On this page, we’ll be providing information about the Grand National such as a full list of entries, current Grand National betting offers, betting tips and a number of Grand National trends which may help you pick a winner.
2020 Grand National Information
- Festival Dates: 2nd April – 4th April 2020
- Location: Aintree Racecourse
- Distance: 4 miles & 1/4 furlong
- Fences to be jumped: 30
- Grand National Race Start Time: 5.15pm
- How to Watch: Live on ITV
How to watch the Grand National
The 2020 Grand National will be broadcast live on ITV. You will also be able to stream the Grand National either through the ITV Player app or via some online bookmaker websites. Be aware that some bookmakers may require you to place a bet on the race in order to access the live stream through your account.
How to bet on the Grand National
You’ll be able to bet on the Grand National with the vast majority of bookmakers whether it be online or in a betting shop. Don’t worry if you’ve never placed a bet before or know nothing about horse racing as you’ll be joining millions of other people in the same situation. The Grand National is renowned for attracting bets from those who would generally not place bets on horse racing and with 40 horses running in the race, you have just a good a chance as anyone else at picking the winner. Despite many people believing picking a winner is pot luck in the Grand National, you can increase your chances by selecting a horse which meets the criteria of past winners. You can also take advantage of the number of free bets and betting offers which will be available from a variety of bookmakers which can add value to your bets.
See below for some tips on picking a winner in the Grand National and to view some of the Grand National betting offers which are available.
Grand National Betting Offers
Many bookmakers will be running an increased number of betting offers in the run-up and on the day of the race. We advise you to sign up to as many bookmakers prior to the Grand National Festival starting as some of these offers will not be available on the day of the race.
Betfair is one bookmaker which will be running a number of offers on the 2020 Grand National and often provide the best odds. Click here to take a look at this years Grand National odds.
Betting offers which you can expect to be available on the 2020 include:
Extra Places: Get paid out on more places on your each way bets.
Refunds: There will be various types of refund offers available. Some bookmakers will be offering your stake back if your horse finishes 2nd/3rd/4th etc and some will offer a refund if your horse falls or unseats its rider.
Free Bets: There will also be a number of free bet offers available. An example would be ‘Bet £10 on the Grand National and get a £10 free bet’. Essentially, this gives you a chance to back a second horse using your free bet.
Best Odds Guaranteed: Many bookmakers will be offering Best Odds Guaranteed on the Grand National. With this offer, if the Starting Price (SP) of your horse is greater than the odds you took when you placed your bet, should it win, your bet will be settled at the higher odds.
Non-Runner No Bet: This offer applies to ante-post bets which are bets placed in advance of the day of the race. Should your horse not run for any reason such as through injury, illness or simply not be one of the final 40 horses to enter, you will receive your stake back.
How to pick a winner of the Grand National
As mentioned above, we can look at the previous winners of the Grand National and determine if there are any similarities between them. For example, if 9 of the last 10 winners were aged 9, it may be a sensible choice to back a horse in the 2020 Grand National of this age.
Below are some trends of previous Grand National winners which may help you pick a winner.
The Grand National course isn’t an easy one and so experience is essential. 23 of the last 28 Grand National winners were aged 9 or older which is a 82.1% win rate for horses of this age. However, the last few years have seen exceptions with 3 of the last 4 winners being 8 years old.
In the last 30 years, only 2 horses have won the Grand National who were not aged between 8 and 11. Therefore, this age range seems to be a good indicator of a winner.
The Grand National course consists of 30 fences to be jumped. Therefore, picking a horse which has a good record over fences and which doesn’t fall or unseat its rider often is essential.
The fences used on the Grand National course are spruce-covered and not used very much in other races. Therefore, not many horses have experience over them. Only 6 of the last 28 Grand National winners had run the race in previous years. However, 12 of the last 28 winners had won or had placed in a race with similar style fences.
As mentioned, picking a horse which is a solid jumper is essential given the number of and how challenging the fences are. Just 2 of the last 22 Grand National winners had unseated their rider or had fallen more than twice prior to winning the National.
The Grand National is over a course distance of 4 miles and 1/4 furlong which makes it a testing run for many horses. Therefore, selecting a horse which has proven stamina is a good choice.
48 of the last 49 Grand National winners had won over 3 miles previously. That’s a 98% win rate based on this statistic.
The betting odds of each horse should be a good indicator of how likely the horse is to win the Grand National. The lower the odds, the better chance they have of winning.
Only 5 of the last 28 Grand National winners had gone off at a price lower than 10/1 and the average odds of winners over the last 10 years is 24/1 which included a 66/1 win from Auroras Encore and a 4/1 win last year from Tiger Roll. Only 7 horses since 1950 have won the Grand National at odds of over 33/1.
You can find the best odds on the 2020 Grand National at Betfair.
Grand National Previous Winners
Below is a list of previous winners of the Grand National covering the last 10 years.
|2019||Tiger Roll||9||11-5||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||4/1|
|2018||Tiger Roll||8||10-13||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||14/1|
|2017||One For Arthur||8||10-11||Lucinda Russell||Derek Fox||14/1|
|2016||Rule The World||9||10-07||Mouse Morris||David Mullins||33/1|
|2015||Many Clouds||8||11-09||Oliver Sherwood||Leighton Aspell||25/1|
|2014||Pineau De Re||11||10-06||Dr Richard Newland||Leighton Aspell||25/1|
|2013||Auroras Encore||11||10-03||Mrs S Smith||Ryan Mania||66/1|
|2012||Neptune Collonges||11||11-06||P Nicholls||D Jacob||33/1|
|2011||Ballabriggs||10||11-00||D McCain||J Maguire||14/1|
|2010||Don’t Push It||10||11-05||J O’Neill||AP McCoy||10/1JF|
2020 Grand National Entries
The deadline for entries into the 2020 Grand National was Wednesday 29th January and the full list of all 105 entries can be found below.
Not all of these horses will run in the Grand National as there are only 40 places. Five-day confirmations will take place on 30th March with final declarations announced on 2nd April.
|A Toi Phil||FR||10||Gary Moore|
|Acapella Bourgeois||(FR)||10||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Acting Lass||(IRE)||9||Harry Fry|
|Alpha des Obeaux||(FR)||10||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Ami Desbois||(FR)||10||Graeme McPherson|
|Anibale Fly||(FR)||10||Tony Martin IRE|
|Any Second Now||(IRE)||8||Ted Walsh IRE|
|As de Mee||(FR)||10||Paul Nicholls|
|Atlanta Ablaze||9||Henry Daly|
|Beware The Bear||(IRE)||10||Nicky Henderson|
|Borice||(FR)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Bristol de Mai||(FR)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Burrows Saint||(FR)||7||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Cabaret Queen||8||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Champagne Classic||(IRE)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Chef des Obeaux||(FR)||8||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Chris’s Dream||(IRE)||8||Henry de Bromhead IRE|
|Class Conti||(FR)||8||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Dalko Moriviere||(FR)||7||Jerome Larrigade FR|
|Dallas des Pictons||(FR)||7||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Death Duty||(IRE)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Definitly Red||(IRE)||11||Brian Ellison|
|Delta Work||(FR)||7||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Dingo Dollar||(IRE)||8||Alan King|
|Disco d’Authie||(FR)||11||David Cottin FR|
|Double Shuffle||(IRE)||10||Tom George|
|Dounikos||(FR)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Dragon d’Estru val||(FR)||7||Nicky Henderson|
|Elegant Escape||(IRE)||8||Colin Tizzard|
|Fitzhenry||(IRE)||8||Paul Nolan IRE|
|Flying Angel||(IRE)||9||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|General Principle||(IRE)||11||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Give Me A Copper||(IRE)||10||Paul Nicholls|
|Heron Heights||(IRE)||11||Henry de Bromhead IRE|
|Hogan’s Height||(IRE)||9||Jamie Snowden|
|Jett||(IRE)||9||Jessica Harrington IRE|
|Joe Farrell||(IRE)||11||Rebecca Curtis|
|Jury Duty||(IRE)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Kilfilum Cross||(IRE)||9||Henry Oliver|
|Kimberlite Candy||(IRE)||8||Tom Lacey|
|Lake View Lad||(IRE)||10||Nick Alexander|
|Le Breuil||(FR)||8||Ben Pauling|
|Lord du Mesnil||(FR)||7||Richard Hobson|
|Magic of Light||(IRE)||9||Jessica Harrington IRE|
|Mall Dini||(IRE)||10||Patrick Kelly IRE|
|Missed Approach||(IRE)||10||Warren Greatrex|
|Mister Whitaker||(IRE)||8||Mick Channon|
|Monbeg Notorious||(IRE)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Moonshine Bay||(IRE)||7||Jessica Harrington IRE|
|Native River||(IRE)||10||Colin Tizzard|
|Noble Endeavor||(IRE)||11||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Now McGinty||(IRE)||9||Stuart Edmunds|
|Ok Corral||(IRE)||10||Nicky Henderson|
|One For Arthur||(IRE)||11||Lucinda Russell|
|Out Sam||11||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Peregrine Run||(IRE)||10||Peter Fahey IRE|
|Pleasant Company||(IRE)||12||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Poker Party||(FR)||8||Henry de Bromhead IRE|
|Potters Corner||(IRE)||10||Christian Williams|
|Prince of Scars||(IRE)||10||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Princeton Royale||(IRE)||11||Neil King|
|Ramses de Teillee||(FR)||8||David Pipe|
|Rathlin Rose||(IRE)||12||David Pipe|
|Ravenhill||(IRE)||10||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Regal Encore||(IRE)||12||Anthony Honeyball|
|Roaring Bull||7||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Romain de Senam||(FR)||8||Paul Nicholls|
|Saint Xavier||(FR)||8||Paul Nicholls|
|Scoir Mear||(IRE)||10||Tom Mullins IRE|
|Shattered Love||(IRE)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Sizing John||10||Jessica Harrington IRE|
|Snugsborough Benny||(IRE)||10||Liam Cusack IRE|
|Soupy Soups||(IRE)||9||Neil Mulholland|
|Spider Web||(IRE)||9||Tom Mullins IRE|
|Steely Addition||(IRE)||8||Philip Hobbs|
|Sub Lieutenant||(IRE)||11||Henry de Bromhead IRE|
|The Hollow Ginge||(IRE)||7||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|The Storyteller||(IRE)||9||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|The Young Master||11||Neil Mulholland|
|Tiger Roll||(IRE)||10||Gordon Elliott IRE|
|Top Ville Ben||(IRE)||8||Philip Kirby|
|Total Recall||(IRE)||11||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Tout Est Permis||(FR)||7||Noel Meade IRE|
|Traffic Fluide||(FR)||10||Gary Moore|
|Vieux Lion Rouge||(FR)||11||David Pipe|
|Vintage Clouds||(IRE)||10||Sue Smith|
|Voix du Reve||(FR)||8||Willie Mullins IRE|
|Walk In The Mill||(FR)||10||Robert Walford|
|Warriors Tale||11||Paul Nicholls|
|Yala Enki||(FR)||10||Paul Nicholls|
|Yorkhill||(IRE)||10||Willie Mullins IRE|