The Grand National takes place this Saturday (9th April) and the bookies are gearing up for a busy few days of betting. The race tends to attract a lot of new business and one off punters so the bookies will be pulling out the stops. However if you're after free bets and bonuses you may be disappointed.
This is because most bookmakers suspend their bonus bet (or free bet) new punter offers over The Grand National Weekend. The way to get around this is simply make sure you open an account and complete the wagering qualifying conditions before Friday afternoon. However free bets can be a distraction and it's well worth checking out things like non-runner payments and placement payments before you spend your money.
Coral: Offers money back on non-runners and will pay out to five places. They currently have Many Clouds as favourite at 7/1.
Bet365: Like Coral Bet365 will pay out to five places plus non-runner means no bet. The early favourite Many Clouds is at 8/1.
Paddy Power: Another bookie who will pay out for the top five finishers - each way bets only of course. Many Clouds is at 8/1 but there's no note regarding non-runners.
William Hill: These do offer money back for non-runners but only pay out on the first four finishers. Many Clouds is at 7/1.
Betfair: Will pay out for five places plus your money back if your horse doesn't run. Many Clouds again is favourite at odds of 8/1.
Ladbrokes: Like Betfair they will pay out for five places plus your money back fo non-runners. Many Clouds however is at 7/1.
Skybet: Skybet are also offering non runner No Bet as well as paying 5 places. They too have Many Clouds as favourite but at 7/1.
Betfred: You can also get non runner no bet at Betfred but they only pay out on the first four places. Many Clouds is at 8/1.
Bet Victor: Incredibly Bet Victor are paying out on the top six places. There's also non-runner no bet but Many Clouds is favourite at 13/2.
As you can see most major online bookies will offer you at least the first five places and a refund if your horse doesn't run. Bet Victor stand out because they're paying out on six places whilst William Hill and Betfred are only paying out on four. On the flipside Bet Victor currently have the worst odds for the favourite.
The best bookie is the one you feel most comfortable with. We would strongly advise going for one that pays out on non-runners having lose money in previous years this way. The six places available at Bet Victor make it attractive but do compare odds of the leading horses as others may offer better. For the outsiders (66/1 and higher) it could be a good option though.
All odds were correct at time of writing - and remember only bet what you can afford. Do check the terms of any free bet or bonus bet offers.
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