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Saturday 14th April

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The 2018 Aintree Grand National betting

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National takes place at 5:15pm on Saturday 14th April and is one of the most popular National Hunt betting contests of the season.

Since 2000, there have always been 40 horses confirmed to run in the Grand National and 2018 is no different.

Minella Rocco is the highest-rated horse in the line up from a mark of 162 and as a result saddles the top weight of 11-10. 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 148. The three horses in this year’s field on an official rating of exactly 148 are Gas Line Boy, The Dutchman and Pleasant Company. All are in the middle section of the Grand National betting odds.

The Grand National and all National Hunt odds in general can be seen here

The key jockeys and trainers in the Grand National betting odds

Nicky Henderson saddled numerous big-race victors at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, but he is still waiting for a first Grand National winner.

The only Grand National bet possible on a Henderson runner this year is Gold Present. Good news for Henderson is that 19 different trainers have won the last 19 editions of the National Hunt showpiece too.

Trainers that have won in this period include Nigel Twiston-Davies and Willie Mullins. The former brings back long-time Grand National ante-post betting odds favourite Blaklion, who finished fourth in 2017.

Mullins won’t be able to call on the services of the injured Ruby Walsh to ride, but his Total Recall has been one of the more popular Grand National bets in the last few weeks leading up to the race.

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 seven years since the Grand National winner’s odds were shorter than 10/1, with five of the last six winners being sent off at odds of 25/1 or larger.

In fact, the average odds of the last 10 winners is just shy 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 10, but it has been a National Hunt race that has gone the way of the younger horses of late. The last three winners have been eight, nine and eight.

Meanwhile, weight could also be a significant factor, with 21 of the last 27 winners carrying 10-12 or less to victory.

Winning form last time isn’t important, with only five of the last 27 winners victorious in their final preparation race before Aintree.

However, what’s more important is how recent this last race was. 26 of the last 27 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 I Just Know 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 14th.

See the complete Aintree Grand National betting list here here

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