Grand National Free Bets : Free Offers at the 2016 Grand National

Cross another day off the calendar. The greatest show on turf is drawing closer.

It’s that time of year again – time for the race that stops and intrigues a nation.

The Grand National is a huge part of the sporting calendar and every man, women, child and dog will be trying to pick the winner. Let’s see if we can help you.

As with any racing betting market, we must start with the favourite. Last year’s winner Many Clouds is bidding to become the first horse since Red Rum to successfully defend his Grand National crown and he has a fantastic chance. Oliver Sherwood’s chaser has looked in cracking form again this campaign and ticks all the boxes required for a National winner. Even at 8/1, he’s hard to knock out of the frame.

When assessing trial races for the Grand National, the strongest form-guide in terms of high-class competitive chasing action has to be last year’s Grand National itself.

Horses that have experienced the unique nature do come back and run well, and even win. Red Marauder, Hedgehunter and Silver Birch all fell in previous Grand National’s before winning the race. Experiencing the trials and tribulations of this unique test stands a horse in great stead for the next year’s race.

Along with Many Clouds, there undoubtedly will be a market move closer to race day for The Druids Nephew, who was running a huge race in last year’s renewal before falling when leading at the sixth last. This is a horse who has had a very light campaign in order to protect his handicap mark, which is only 7lbs higher than 12 months ago.

The class angle is becoming more and more relevant in the Grand National these days.

The Hennessy Gold Cup is arguably the highest rated handicap of the season for staying chasers and is a good guide for being able to handle the Grand National as they go a ferocious gallop and really tests a horse’s mettle to really stay the distance. Bindaree, Red Marauder, Earth Summit, Rough Quest, Neptune Collonges and Many Clouds all ran in the Hennessy Gold Cup and then went on to win the Grand National.

The highest placed finisher tackling the National this season is First Lieutenant and he looks an intriguing runner around the 33/1 mark. At the age of 11-year-old he’s been ruled out by the markets as they think he’s a bit of a has-been but his fort this season has been arguably some of the best of his career, especially when giving Don Poli a real race in the Irish Hennessy.

It’s also worth noting that upsets in the Grand National do happen. More so than not in recent years, too. Just take a look at the starting price of four of the last seven winners of the race: 100/1, 33/1, 66/1 and 25/1. If you fancy a runner at a monstrous price, don’t be put off. Anything can happen in a National and there are some very well handicapped horses lurking in the 40 runners, who are waiting to bounce back to form.

Make your choice, and make sure you come home a winner.

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