The best Grand National tip, do your National betting early: Our guide to beating the bookies

Betting on Grand National
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Come 5pm on Saturday, 15 minutes before the start of the 2016 Grand National, the betting margins on the ‘World’s Greatest Race’ will be hovering around an outrageous 150%.

Theoretically it means for every £150 bookmakers take on the race, they will pay-out £100 in winnings.  That evokes images of one of the greatest horsemen ever, Dick Turpin, but even he wore a mask!

There is a remedy, place your bets early and shop around for value.  This will not only turn the tables, it will drape a tablecloth over them, furnish them with a fine food buffet and hand you a knife and fork.

In all races, especially the Crabbies Grand National, finding and taking the best prices is vital.  So do not be afraid to shop around, you would do so for pretty much anything else you pay for in life.

Secondly look for the Terms and Conditions that suit you best.  This year, if you are backing a horse each-way in the Grand National, BetVictor is the only place to go.  The online bookmaker is the only firm paying-out on all horses that finish in the first six places!  Furthermore if your horse refuses to race or loses all chance at the start, BetVictor will refund your bet.

On that theme, searching through all company’s concessions is another vital tool which punters should take out of their box and wield.  For example, Winner.com have an ongoing offer whereby you are refunded your stakes (as a free bet) if your horse falls, unseats or is brought-down.  The minimum qualifying bet is £5 and the maximum refund is £25.

With the betting margins (‘the over-round’) currently generous on the Grand National and all the traditional bells and whistles in-place – such as ‘non-runner no-bet’ and ‘best odds guaranteed’ – not only is now the time to place a bet, but a well thought through betting strategy will see more people win than lose.

But wait, there’s more!  Let us not forget all online betting firms offer ‘sign-up’ bonuses for new customers in an attempt to attract your business.  

So, whilst not coming up with a hint of a Grand National tip, the best bets for this weekend’s race is:

  • Shop around for the best odds
  • Find the best T&C’s for your bet – particularly each-way terms
  • Check for concessions and offers
  • Take full advantage of free bet offers as a new customer.

Visit our Grand National event page for more details on the event including best betting offers.

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