by ANNIE DALE It is estimated that about £250 million exchanged hands last year in bets on the Grand National. Given the hype surrounding the 2019 festival, it is expected that punters will invest even more in their “line of business”. The event kicks off on Thursday April 4 through to the Ladies Day on Friday the 5th to the most important event on Saturday the 6th.
The horse on everyone’s lips this year is Tiger Roll who was won last year after a tight battle with Davy Russell in which the result could only be given after looking at the photo finish. In addition, Tiger Roll was at his best during the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and given that his trainer Gordon Elliott has already insinuated his appearance at Grand National, almost everyone is rushing to place an ante-post bet. Although he seems a good bet, it is not always advisable to stake on the favourite and this article will tell you why.
In order to make it in betting, you have to find a way to set yourself apart from the crowd as much as possible. This is because it is through the most popular bets that bookies make the most money. The BHA’s Head of Handicapping is yet to unveil the final participants in the 2019 Grand National, but you can decide to go the ante-post way, which despite being risky contains some of the best odds. The risk associated with this betting is that if your horse is eliminated from the final list of participants for one reason or another, you lose the whole of your stake. If this is too much for you, you should consider the No Runner No Bet (NRNB) option, which insulates you by ensuring you, get your stake back in such a situation.
The most important thing for punters right now is the best Grand National free bets 2019 and thus we will get to that right away. Some of the best bookies to trade with this year include Bet365, WilliamHill, PaddyPower, Betway, Betfair, BetVictor, Coral among others. Wagering is all about taking risks and thus you should not be at peace if you find your bet is too comfortable. This is the reason why most professional gamblers will tell you that Tiger Roll is not the best way to go this year. Colin Tizzard is quite desperate for his first Grand National victory and his horse Elegant Escape is one to watch. You can place a bet for this at Paddy Power where the odds stand at 14/1. Free bets are also a good starting point and for this, you can visit Unibet where a deposit of £50 allows you to stake with £100. For smaller deposits, you can have a look at BetVictor who are rewarding every £5 bet with £30.
In addition to Tiger Roll and Elegant Escape, other ante-post favourites this year include Vintage Clouds (16/1), Mall Dini (20/1), Rathvinden (10/1) Rock The Kasbah (25/1), Anibale Fly (10/1) and Walk In The Mill (25/1). Since it was announced that Ms. Parfois will be participating this year, her name has been circulating in almost all horse-racing platforms and given that she has a lot to prove, it would be interesting to see how she will fair. The horse has enough stamina to last her through the 4m and 514 yards. The total number of fences the horses jump in this race is 30 and given Ms. Parfois’ performance at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival and Aintree, she is not a bad stake.