Excitement is growing for the 2023 Grand National after the release of the full list of entries and weights for the historic Aintree race.
Punters are likely to be browsing the early 2023 Grand National favorites in order to try to find top ante-post value, though the best betting sites will have Best Odds Guaranteed.
As the race is set to take place on Saturday, April 15th, fans of the sport of kings still have plenty of time to decide which horses they are going to back before the big day arrives.
This year will be the 175th annual running of the Grand National and the race will have to be a stormer in order to match the incredible story that played out at Aintree 12 months ago.
Having announced ahead of the start that the 2022 Grand National would be his last-ever race, amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen led Noble Yeats to victory at massive odds of 50/1.
Although the final list of entrants is a while off from being confirmed, many people are already browsing horse racing betting advice and 2023 Grand National betting tips.
Most major online sportsbooks will have special promotions running for the Grand National.
New customers are likely to be offered the chance to claim free Grand National bets when they sign up for an account. Even existing users might have a chance to get a great deal by betting on the Grand National. One of the biggest gambling events on the sporting calendar, the Grand National is a fantastic time to be claiming betting bonuses at bookies.
While picking the winner of the Grand National is famously difficult – due to the large field, the difficulty of the racecourse, and the unpredictable nature of the weather – research can help.
Grand National winners tend to follow certain trends, though these are not foolproof. Noble Yeats, the 2022 champion, was the first seven-year-old to win the Grand National since 1940. The Grand National has not been won by a mare for more than 70 years and the favorite at the start of the race does not usually win, though Tiger Roll was able to buck that trend in 2019.
Generally speaking, horses aged eight or older have the best National record. Irish-trained horses have won four of the last five races, while it is rare for a horse to win if they have not previously triumphed in another race held over a three-mile course.
Shopping around for the best prices can pay off in a big way around Grand National time.
While a small difference in price – say 40/1 to 45/1 – might not seem like a big deal, it can have a significant boost to potential profits when the highest odds can be found.
Many online bookies have Best Odds Guaranteed offers in place for the Grand National. This means that punters will get the top odds available no matter the starting price for the race.
With all the above in mind, what are the early bookies’ favorites for the 2023 Grand National?
Noble Yeats – 12/1
Last year’s winner is up there among the early 2023 Grand National betting favorites despite the fact defending horses do not have a fantastic track record at the historic Aintree race.
Indeed, since Red Rum all the way back in the 1970s, only the great Tiger Roll has been able to win the Grand National two years in a row.
Noble Yeats will go off on 11st 11lb after triumphing in the Grade Two race Many Clouds Chase in December at Aintree, but the horse is being targeted at the Cheltenham Gold Cup as well.
Corach Rambler – 12/1
Cheltenham Festival winner Corach Rambler is being strongly backed in the build-up to the race and is likely to be the leading British-trained candidate when the starting gun is fired.
Triumphing at last year’s Ultima Handicap Chase raised Corach Rambler’s profile and the horse is likely to return to Cheltenham ahead of the 2023 Grand National, so that is one to watch for.
Corach Rambler has been allotted 10st 5lb to carry at Aintree, so will be far lighter than others.
Mr Incredible – 16/1
Willie Mullins horses always tend to be well-backed in the Grand National and his leading contender for the 2023 event is set to be Mr Incredible. The horse previously finished second to Iwilldoit in the Classic Chase, a race many punters see as a testing ground for Aintree success.
Having won a three-mile Grade One novice at Leopardstown at the end of last year, Mr Incredible broke his duck just in time to get ready for the testing National circuit in April.
Gaillard Du Mesnil – 16/1
A major Mullins contender at the Grand National this year is expected to be Gaillard Du Mesnil, another Grade One-winning novice that will go off at 11st exactly at Aintree this year.
Mullins last won in the Grand National in 2005 with Hedgehunter and he has confirmed that Gaillard Du Mesnil will run in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham this year.
That race will give punters a chance to see how Gaillard Du Mesnil is shaping up ahead of the National, but a few weeks before the race the horse is definitely among the favorites.
Delta Work – 20/1
Having placed second in 2022, the Gordon Elliott-trained Delta Work has been handed 11st 4lb.
Beating two-time National champ Tiger Roll in the 2022 Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival announced Delta Work as a serious contender. Elliott has a fantastic National record and many punters will be expecting Delta Work to run well at Aintree for the trainer.
Elliott described Delta Work as being in “great form” going into his Festival defense.
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