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Grand National Tips
The Grand National is the biggest horse racing event on the planet and attracts thousands of spectators to the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool each year, as well as millions watching on TV from around the UK and the rest of the World. This is the one race that trainers and jockeys alike would love to win, as it will instantly put them into the history books. Here at Bet UK, you will be able to find our Horse Racing betting tips and previews right here all in one place. Get all of the information you need ahead of the big April showpiece, and head over to Bet UK’s online sportsbook to get betting odds from horse racing events in the UK and around the world.
2023 Grand National Race Tips
The Grand National is the world’s most famous steeplechase and this year’s running of the Aintree feature looks set to be another excellent renewal, as it has attracted some strong entries.
A maximum field of 40 runners is expected to line up, including last year’s winner Noble Yeats and the two horses which finished directly behind him in 2022, Any Second Now and Delta Work.
Noble Yeats is bidding to become just the third horse in the last 50 years to win this race in back-to-back renewals, but he must carry 15lb extra on his back this year. Any Second Now has been handed top weight of 11st 12lb, while there will be a strong contingent joining those two horses from Ireland, including Galvin, Gaillard Du Mesnil and Mr Incredible.
Selection: Corach Rambler
Next Best: Delta Work
Russell’s Cheltenham Winner Can Give Her Second National Success
The finest moment in Lucinda Russell’s career came in 2017 when One For Arthur became just the second winner from Scotland to land the Grand National. The popular chaser took advantage of his handicap mark to power away from his rivals at the back end of the 4m2½f contest.
CORACH RAMBLER has a similar profile to his former stablemate this year. The nine-year-old has shown that he enjoys a stamina test, something which was evident at the Cheltenham Festival last month when he won the Ultima Handicap Chase for the second consecutive year.
The dual Festival winner is now rated 10lb higher than when the weights for this year’s Grand National were announced. He is one of only a handful of horses in the field whose mark is higher now than when the handicapper handed out the allocations.
With just 10st 5lb on his back, Corach Rambler will be receiving weight from the majority of his rivals in this year’s Aintree contest. His jumping has rarely let him down throughout his career and he has been campaigned to peak at the back end of the season. He looks like the one they will all have to beat in the £1 million contest.
Delta Work Weighted to Go Close Again
Gordon Elliott knows all about Grand National success. He won the race in 2007 with Silver Birch, then Tiger Roll, the horse of a lifetime, won consecutive renewals in 2018 and 2019. The latter would have had a great chance of completing a hat-trick had the race not been cancelled in 2020.
Elliott is likely to have a large chunk of the field this year and his best chance will come through DELTA WORK. The 10-year-old showed his liking for the Grand National Course in 2022 when he finished third on his debut.
The handicapper has given the talented chaser 5lb less this year. He has a manageable racing weight of 11st 4lb. That puts him much better off at the weights than the two horses that finished ahead of him last April. He will have an excellent chance of reversing the form with his fellow Irish raiders.
Delta Work was back to his best at the Cheltenham Festival last month. He defended his crown in the Cross Country Chase, beating stablemate and former Grade One winner Galvin. Unlike in 2022 when he spoiled Tiger Roll’s farewell party, there was a warmer reception for him when he returned to the winner’s enclosure.
With the experience he has of the Grand National Course and a trainer who knows how to prepare a horse for this challenge, it is hard to see him being far away at the finish.
Aintree Grand National Festival Tips
The 2023 Grand National is one of the headline races of the season, and with a large number of runners who featured at the Cheltenham Festival expected to feature, we're banking on some exciting races at Aintree over the coming days. Before the main event itself, there are three days of UK horse racing for punters to sink their teeth into, and we'll have all our Aintree betting tips for all the feature races.
However, if you are looking to place a bet on the Grand National, we have the odds at Bet UK if you favour the ante post-market.
Grand National Day 3 Tips
It is Grand National Day at Aintree, with the feature race being the world’s most famous steeplechase, featuring the entire field of 40 runners. The seven-race card runs from 1:45-6:20.
Here are some predictions for all seven races across the afternoon.
1:45pm – EFT Systems Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1 – 2m)
Talented novice chaser JONBON suffered his first defeat over fences in the Arkle Trophy when he had to settle for second place behind El Fabiolo. Nicky Henderson’s runner does not need to worry about his Irish rival here. If he reproduces what he has shown already this season, he should add another Grade One success to his tally.
2:25pm – Village Hotels Handicap Hurdle (3m½f)
This is a competitive handicap contest over the extended 3m trip at Aintree, and despite having top weight on his back, GOOD TIME JONNY has an excellent chance of successfully following up from his victory in the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival. A 5lb rise in the ratings may not be enough to stop this improving hurdler.
Selection: Good Time Jonny
3:00pm – Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1 - 2m4f)
HERMES ALLEN will get the chance to put his disappointing run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle behind him here at Aintree. Before that defeat at the Cheltenham Festival, Paul Nicholls’ runner was considered one of the best novice chasers on either side of the Irish Sea. The six-year-old can bounce back in this Grade One contest to record his second success at the highest level.
Selection: Hermes Allen
3:35pm – JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1 - 3m½f)
SIRE DU BERLAIS produced a huge performance to win the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The 11-year-old will now be bidding for another success over this C&D at Aintree. Gordon Elliott’s runner won this race 12 months ago, and he can defend his crown here.
Selection: Sire Du Berlais
4:15pm – William Hill Handicap Chase (3m1f)
Although he has yet to score this season, ELDORADO ALLEN has consistently performed well. He has finished runner-up behind Bravemansgame and Protektorat in the Charlie Hall Chase and Betfair Chase, respectively. The graded runner is now featuring in handicap company, and off a workable mark of 158, he might have too much class for this field.
Selection: Eldorado Allen
5:15pm – Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (4m2½f)
CORACH RAMBLER is 10lb ahead of the handicapper in this year’s Grand National after his victory in the Ultima Handicap Chase last month. Lucinda Russell’s chaser is a strong stayer, and with one of the lowest weight allocations in this year’s feature contest, he has an excellent chance of giving his trainer a second success in this race.
Selection: Corach Rambler
6:20pm – Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2 - 2m1f)
CENTARA made a striking debut at Taunton (2m½f) last month. Under the hands of Harry Cobden, he went clear of his rivals in the final furlong of that contest. Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls has just one entry in this race, and it may be all he needs with this exciting prospect.
Aintree Grand National Tips: Day One
The opening day of the Grand National festival is a spectacle to behold starting on Thursday 13th April 2023, the festival builds up to one of the biggest races in the world, the Grand National but alongside Grand National tips, we also have a wide range of trends, tips and predictions for every single race of the event.
Manifesto Novices Chase
We start off the day with the Manifesto Novices Chase, which has been running for just 13 years. 12 British trainers have won during this time and the other success was an Irish winner named Menorah in 2012. If you start off your day of betting with the favourite, we would recommend steering clear for this festival as only one favourite has come out victorious but, the favourite has only failed to finish in the top four twice, both times due to a fall or pulling up.
Another popular race on day one of the Grand National festival is the Aintree Bowl, in the last 20 renditions of this race, we have seen 15 winning trainers from Great Britain, 4 winners from Ireland and one winner from France. However, France has had just four runners in this race and every single one of them has placed, the only winner came from 2001 but a French-bred horse called Clan Des Obeaux has won the last two races.
When the race first started back in the 80s, it was known as a race where the favourite may be upset by outsiders. However, in the last seven races, the favourite has won five. Could that be six from eight after 2023?
Another classic on day one of the Grand National festival is the Aintree Hurdle. Following the Aintree Bowl, dozens of world-class horses have won this event in the past, most recently Epatante who dominated the 2020 Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Out of the last 20 winners, it is an even split between British and Irish trained horses that have won the event, winning 10 apiece, French and a German trainer have also entered the race but never had a placement. During this time, Nicky Henderson has had 15 horses place, making him the most successful trainer in this race.
Aintree Grand National Tips: Day Two
Before we decide the Grand National winner for 2023, we have a wild weekend of Horse Racing and the Friday of the festival is Ladies' Day! Across the UK, racecourses celebrate their Ladies' day with some of the best racing of the festival and at the Grand National, this is no different! There are a number of fantastic races on this day and you can find our tips for our top picks below.
Mildmay Novices’ Chase
The opening race of Ladies' Day is the Mildmay Novices' Chase. It is a race that has been dominated by British trainers over the last 20 years with British trainers winning 17 out of the last 20 races. However, this is due to the fact that we've only seen 18 Irish runners in this event, with 4 placements in that time, which include 2 wins. We've also had a French winner in the last but in recent years, it's been British domination. The last twenty winners have all had odds lower than 7/1, which is less than 50% of the runners at the festival, so if you're looking to bet on the race, you may be able to remove over half the runners from the occasion straight away.
Top Novices’ Hurdle
The second race we've covered of Ladies' Day is the Top Novices Hurdle, once again, this is a race dominated by British trainers with 18 winners in the last twenty years. However, with two Irish winners in the last three runs, could the balance of power in the Top Novice's Hurdle be shifting? Could the Irish influence take over yet another historic race? This has been one of the most open races in history in regards to jockeys and trainers with Nicky Henderson dominating with 6 wins out of 20 but no other trainer in that time has won the race more than once. Will Henderson win once again?
Aintree Grand National Tips: Day Three
As we start day three, we'll be just a few races away from finding out who will be joining the legendary past Grand National winners such as Manifesto, Tiger Roll and Red Rum. The Grand National betting market has been live since the 2022 event and we've seen many predictions of who will win the race since then, who are we backing? Find out below.
Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
Before we get to the Grand National, we have the fantastic Turners Mersey Novices' Hurdle. The race where Willie Mullins has begun to change the landscape of the race, British trainers have dominated this race year after year but in 2015 and 2016, Mullins brought two favourites and they both came out victorious, Gordon Elliott followed suit last year bringing Three Stripe Life to the race, coming out victorious. There tends to be one or two horses that are heavy favourites in the race and more often than not, they come out on top, Ubak (2013) and Reserve Tank (2020) are the two horses that don't follow this trend.
The last big race before we jump over some Grand National fences, is the Liverpool Hurdle. With three Irish winners in the last nine years and two out of the last four winners coming from Ireland, the Irish contingent have grown in recent years and it wouldn't surprise many if the Irish's Grand National record dramatically improved in recent years. As for this race, the favourite in the race almost always performs well, with only one of the last twenty favourites finishing outside of the top three. The previous winner of the Liverpool Hurdle, Sire Du Berlais was actually the longest odds to win the race in recent memory, sitting at 16/1. Now, it's unlikely that the entire landscape of this race will change after that race but it may be worth looking at longer winners this year, or if Marie's Rock and Teehupoo race in the event, maybe not...
Randox Grand National Chase
We've made it to the Randox Grand National Chase, the most historic race in the history of UK Racing. The previous season's Grand National winner was Noble Yeats who sat at 50/1 starting price before the race, Mr Sam Waley-Cohen and Emmet Mullins brought one of the most iconic winners out of the most recent Grand National winners. However, Noble Yeats wasn't the only icon in our recent past Grand National winners, there is one legendary name that will never be forgotten in the world of horse racing and that is Tiger Roll who won back-to-back Grand National's in 2018 and 2019, unfortunately, the race wasn't run in 2020 and Tiger Roll missed out on the chance to make it three in a row as he missed the weight allocation to run in 2021.
11 out of the last 20 winners have come from Great Britain while 9 have came from Ireland. However, with the field of runners so large for this race, it is very difficult to predict a winner, many have fallen over the Grand National fences but those that are first past the post, sketch their names in history. The recent Grand National record for Paul Nicholls isn't good reading with just 1 winner in 63 attempts. With four Irish winners in a row, that doesn't look like changing at the 2023 Grand National. Key trends for this race include:
- All winners have placed within the past 22-350 days
- Made 3 - 10 starts in the last season
- Finished first 5 in their debut (1 exception)
Unfortunately, as the most unpredictable race in the world, looking at who has previously won this race isn't the most helpful. Probably the biggest trend of this race is that the winner isn't favoured with only 4/20 favourites winning. In our opinion, the best thing to do when prepping for the Grand National race, is look at the races from the same season, calculate their previous form and see which horse looks best to jump over those Grand National style fences because recent Grand National winners have been the best jumpers on the day and most of them come at a double figure price.
Grand National Trainers
With 40 or more runners in the vast majority of Grand Nationals in recent history, picking a horse to place a bet on and back to finish first can be incredibly difficult. One of the key attributing factors is the trainers. Each trainer will have their own individual strategy on how to win the event, so reading up on trainers who have exceeded expectations in the past, could be an excellent way of judging who will win this years race.
Grand National Jockeys
Similarly to Horse Racing Trainers, Jockeys can be the key to winning and losing a race like the Grand National, more jockeys fall off their horse in the Grand National than any other race in the United Kingdom, it's an incredibly difficult race to perfect especially when depending on the turf and temperament of a horse, these elements are uncontrollable and it's often the jockey that suits these variables that overperform. However, looking into which jockeys are best suited to these races could be the difference between picking a 10/1 winner-losing bet and a 100/1 each-way winner.
*All odds from Bet UK are correct at the time of writing.
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