Grand National 2019 Spread Betting Preview

Grand National 2019 Spread Betting Preview

Britain will come to a virtual standstill to watch the finest long distance chasers battle for Grand National glory at Aintree on Saturday. A total of 600 million people in 140 different countries will tune in to watch the action unfold over a gruelling trip of 4 miles 514 yards. It takes in 30 fences including Becher’s Brook, The Chair and Canal Turn and the epic nature of the race has really seized the public’s imagination.

Who won the Grand National Last Year?

Tiger Roll held on to clinch victory after a dramatic photo finish at last year’s Grand National. It was a thriller from start to finish, and Pleasant Company set up a nail-biting finale as he made up a great deal of ground on the home straight, but Tiger Roll was not to be denied. He was the smallest horse in the field, dubbed “a little rat of a thing” by owner and Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, but he displayed the heart of a lion to win the world’s most famous steeplechase. It was a beautiful moment for jockey Davy Russell, who finally clinched an elusive Grand National win to cap a fine career.

What was Tiger Roll's Starting Price Last Year?

Tiger Roll went off as the 10/1 joint second favourite last year after heading to Aintree in fine form. Gordon Elliott’s star chaser has emerged as a Cheltenham Festival legend, winning the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup in 2017 and the Cross Country Chase last year. Some felt the step up in trip at Aintree would be too much for him, but Tiger Roll delivered a stirring performance to seize the win, whilst the 7/1 favourite, Total Recall, was pulled up. Pleasant Company was priced at 25/1 and third placed Bless The Wings went off at odds of 40/1.

Has a Horse Ever won Back to Back Grand National Races?

The Grand National was inaugurated all the way back in 1839 and since then just four horses have won back-to-back Grand Nationals. Abd-El-Kader pulled it off in 1850 and 1851, The Colonel won in 1869 and 1870 and Reynoldstown was victorious in 1935 and 1936. The last horse to win consecutive Grand Nationals was the legendary Red Rum. In 1973, he trailed by 30 lengths, but produced a sensational comeback to beat Australian chaser Crisp in a new record time. It is widely regarded as the greatest moment in Grand National history. The following year he retained the Grand National carrying 12 stone, and then became the only horse to ever double up and win the Scottish Grand National in the same season. He finished second in 1975 and 1976 and then won a third Grand National in 1977 at the age of 12. There has not been a multiple winner of the National since.

Who is Favourite for the Grand National 2019?

Tiger Roll is now bidding to become the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals. He is the clear favourite in our Grand National spread betting markets, ahead of Anibale Fly, who carries top weight after Bristol De Mai pulled out of the race. Rathvinden, Vintage Clouds, Lake View Lad, Rock The Kasbah and Step Back are also near the top of the betting, but Tiger Roll is well out in front. He has never fallen in 33 jumps races, so he will be expected to finish the race – and that is not a statement you can make about too many runners in this epic endurance test. He has great pedigree: former Epsom Derby winner Authorized sired Tiger Roll, while his dam was amazingly called Swiss Roll. He has enjoyed a superb career thus far and successfully defended the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham in March, his fourth Festival win. The competition is sure to be fierce as always, but Tiger Roll is a very popular choice among punters as the race looms.

How Often do Favourites win the Grand National?

In 2010, joint favourite Don’t Push It won at 10/1 to give superstar jockey Tony McCoy a first ever National triumph. Since then, starting favourites have all struggled to justify their statuses. Ballabriggs won at 14/1 in 2011, Neptune Collonges went off at 33/1 in 2012, Auroras Encore was 66/1 the following year, Pineau De Re was 25/1 in 2014 and Many Clouds won at the same price in 2015. Rule The World defied odds of 33/1 to win the 2016 Grand National and then 14/1 shot One For Arthur won it in 2017, before Tiger Roll’s triumph at 10/1 last year. Since 2000, only one outright favourite – the 7/1 Hedgehunter in 2005 – has won the Grand National, while Comply Or Die was a 7/1 joint favourite in 2008. Since Red Rum’s last win in 1977, just five outright favourites and two joint favourites have won this race, so punters might consider looking at some of the outsiders too when checking out the Grand National markets.

Which Horse is the Longest Odds Winner of the Grand National?

There have been five 100/1 winners over the years: Tipperary Tim in 1928, Gregalach in 1929, Caughoo in 1947, Foinavon in 1967 and Mon Mome as recently as 2009. Remarkably it was Mon Mome’s second crack at the race, having finished 10th in 2008, and he became the first French bred winner in exactly 100 years. He returned to defend his crown the following year, but unseated jockey Aidan Coleman at the 26th fence.

What's a Good Bet for the Grand National?

You can choose from a range of exciting Grand National Specials to ensure you ramp up the exhilaration of watching the big race. You can pick from thrilling markets like the Winning Distance index, which is a prediction on the distance between first and second placed horses, or the Total Finishers spread where you predict the total number of classified finishers in the race. Another Grand National spread betting gem is the First-To-Last index where you predict the distance between the winner and the last classified finisher in the big race so there are plenty of great betting options to check out.

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