Grand National betting 2019 at Aintree with William Hill
The 2019 Randox Health Grand National takes place at 5:15pm on Saturday 6th April and is one of the most popular National Hunt betting contests of the season.
Bristol De Mai was the highest-rated horse in the line-up when the weights were announced, thanks to a mark of 168 and will carry the top weight of 11-10 if he lines up on the day.
A rating in the region of 142 or 143 is expected to sneak in at the foot of the weights.
The average rating of both the last five and the last 10 Grand National winners is 149. The three horses in this year’s field on an official rating of exactly 149 are Acapella Bourgeois, Ramses De Teillee and Tea For Two. All are available to back at attractive Grand National betting odds.
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The key jockeys and trainers in the Grand National betting odds
Nicky Henderson has saddled numerous big-race winners down the years, including at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, but he’s still waiting for a first Grand National winner.
The only Grand National bet possible on a Henderson runner this year is likely to be Valtor, who is guaranteed a run if his trainer allows him to take up the engagement.
Encouragingly for Henderson, 19 different trainers have won the race in the last 20 runnings, with Gordon Elliott the only man responsible for more than one scorer.
Elliott’s 2018 winner Tiger Roll is in excellent form as he bids to become the first back-to-back-winner since the legendary Red Rum in 1974.
With a massive 12 runners inside the top 40 Grand National entries when the weights were released and a stated intention to run as many as possible, the Longwood, County Meath maestro could be set to boss the 2019 edition.
The typical Grand National winner’s odds
Being a favourite in the Grand National betting odds has not exactly proved an advantage in the past. The only outright favourite to triumph this century was Hedgehunter in 2005.
It’s been eight years since the Grand National winner’s odds were shorter than 10/1, with five of the last seven winners being sent off at odds of 25/1 or larger.
In fact, the average odds of the last 10 winners is just over of 33/1, with 100/1 2009 victor Mon Mome included in this group.
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The average age of the last 10 Grand National winners may be 9.5, but it’s been a National Hunt race that has gone the way of the younger horses of late. Three of the last four winners were aged eight.
Meanwhile, weight could also be a significant factor, with 22 of the last 28 winners carrying 10-13 or less to victory.
Winning form last time isn’t important, with only six of the last 28 winners victorious in their final preparation race before Aintree.
However, what’s more important is how recent this last race was. Some 27 of the last 28 winners previously stepped on the racecourse within 55 days of the Grand National. Lengthy rests have proved more of a hindrance than a help.
Maybe Rathvinden is the best option in the Grand National betting odds? We’ll see when the Grand National field assembles on the Aintree start line on Saturday 6th.