Grand National 2014 betting

Bet on The Grand National

Today is the third and final day of The Grand National Festival, featuring the 167th running of The Grand National (on Saturday 5 April 2014).

The Grand National is the single most popular horse racing event in the UK’s sporting calendar, pulling in a vast TV audience. Rather than visiting a betting shop this year, more viewers than ever before are expected to place a bet on The Grand National online.

Our pick of the bookies

So which bookie should you choose to place your Grand National bets?

To help you decide, we’ve reviewed Grand National betting offers from some of the UK’s most popular bookies. We looked at features including:

  • How many places do they pay for each way bets?  (§ explanation below).
  • Free bet offers.
  • Live streaming coverage – for watching The Grand National live online.
  • Competitiveness of Grand National odds.

The result of our homework on your behalf is the following list of suggested bookies for your Grand National betting:

Best Grand National betting
1. BetVictor - bet now
* Pays to SIX places on each way bets *
* Free £25 bet for new customers *
* Non-runners refunded as free bets *
* Live streaming of the race (bet required) *
- Plenty of Grand National special bets.
2. Sky Bet
- Pays to 5 places on each way bets.
- £30 matched free bet for new customers.
- Best odds (bet at current price, but get the starting price if it's higher).
3. Ladbrokes
- Pays to 5 places on each way bets.
- Live streaming of The Grand National (bet required).
3. JenningsBet
- Pays to 6 places on each way bets (but BetVictor odds may be better).
5. Coral
- Fun help with choosing your horse: The Grand National Horse Generator.
- Pays to 4 places on EW bets.
- Live streaming of the race (bet required).

As you can see from the table, our clear winner by a length for betting on the Grand National 2014 is BetVictor. At the time of writing, BetVictor offers a winning combination of:

  • Great odds.
  • A free bet offer for new customers (many bookies suspend their free bet offers around the Grand National).
  • Paying each way bets to 6 places (some only pay to 4).
  • Watch the Grand National live online (streaming available when you place a bet).

If you’re placing an each way bet, the additional one or two paid places at BetVictor could easily mean the difference between winning or losing your bet. Odds are, of course, subject to constant change – and the same also applies to free bet offers today.

For a greater choice of Grand National bookies, visit our betting directory. Free bet offers may well be suspended, so visit individual bookmakers to check current offers before joining.

§ Each way bets give you two chances to win:

  • Half your stake is applied as a win single bet, which pays out at your horse’s full odds if it wins.)
  • The other half of your stake is a bet that typically pays out at 1/4 of the horse’s full odds if your horse finishes among the paid placings (eg in any position among the top 4, 5 or 6 horses).

Different bookies may pay each way bets to different numbers of places for the same race. Paid placings may also differ from race to race.