Grand National 2022 Betting | How To Pick The Grand National Winner

Grand National Betting

Grand National Betting

The Grand National is back, with a whole host of contenders primed to take one of the biggest prizes in horse racing.

Here’s our look at all 40 runners ahead of the showpiece event, plus some tips on how to pick the Grand National winner…

Grand National Betting Tips | All 40 Runners Rated!

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Odds: 7/1

Ice-cool performer knows how to switch on the style around these parts having won the Becher Chase back in December; form has been franked subsequently with an easy win at Exeter in Listed company although no mare has won this contest since 1951.

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Odds: 7/1

In great working order judging by his late surge to deny Tiger Roll a fairytale swansong at Cheltenham as he snatched the Cross County Chase from his stablemate; big, big player if anywhere near those levels at Aintree.


Odds: 9/1

Worth a second chance after an unlucky run as a 15/2 shot last year; a faller at the 12th fence cost him dear in that race, but he rallied well to finish third and has the profile of a likely National winner

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Odds: 11/1

Exciting candidate for Gordon Elliott having shown his elite chasing credentials in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last season; a feisty showing at Fairyhouse when only narrowly edged out by Any Second Now hints he’ll be a major danger here.

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Odds: 11/1

Timed his run to perfection under guidance of Rachael Blackmore to win this renewal last season; has shown little in the way of form since that career high, however, and only Tiger Roll has managed back-to-back wins in this contest since Red Rum’s 70s heyday.

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Odds 12/1

Could make life less than enjoyable for his major rivals if stepping up his game another level here having posted two very credible efforts at Leopardstown this term; something of a mud-lover on evidence of best displays so may relish a weekend washout at Aintree.


Odds: 14/1

Another young pretender with perhaps a better chance of success in this epic contest a few years down the line; nonetheless with the canny Emma Lavelle training him, his chances could be sweet given he looked more than at ease over 4m at Newcastle in February.


Odds: 14/1

Fiddler may not have reached his ceiling yet for Colin Tizzard after an ultra-consistent 2021/22 campaign, including a game second in the Swinley Chase at Ascot. The Aintree fences also won’t hold any fear having familiarised himself with this course in last season’s Mildmay.


Odds: 16/1

Thrilling run in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park hints he has the kind of big run in him that could deliver Martin Brassil a second victory in this race after the triumph of Numbersixvalverde in 2006; connections will be hoping his flop when favourite at Navan was simply a bad day at the office.


Odds: 18/1

Big talent dug deep to land a decent fourth at last year’s Festival; former Irish National winner could be dangerous to dismiss despite some patchy showings in Ireland since seasonal reappearance in December.

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Odds: 22/1

Temperamental performer may need the ground to be in his favour to send his connections wild on Merseyside, but he warmed up nicely for this one with runner-up billing in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival; has finished no lower than second all seven most recent starts.

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Odds: 22/1

Cap didn’t fit in last season’s race when he failed to fire despite setting off as 11/2 favourite; posted a solid enough showing when third in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster in his major prep for this race but his ability to stay this distance remains the major sticking point when weighing up his chances.


Odds: 33/1

Danced his way through the field to finish an excellent 7th last season and was fleet of foot when placing at Fairyhouse back in February. May lack the finish to trouble the frontrunners here, but has the big-race credentials to be competitive, also finishing 3rd in the Ultima at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.


Odds: 33/1

Bob could take some beating given the rock-solid credentials of Nigel Twiston-Davies in this race; two-time National trainer could be taking a risk here given the nine-year-old is unexposed over this distance, but he’s been ultra-consistent for the yard over the last 12 months. Each-way claims.


Odds: 33/1

Smart veteran could pay his dues in this assignment having shown hints of old class with fine win at Punchestown (heavy ground) in February; would become first 11-year-old winner since 2014.


Odds: 33/1

The potential joker in the pack given his relative lack of action compared to most of his competitors makes him a tough one to judge on form. 2019 Betway Chase winner here looks worth a market check, however, having shown little signs of a lack of sharpness when fourth on long-awaited return at Newbury in March.


Odds: 40/1

Lightly raced in recent seasons, it would be rash to dismiss his chances for Emma Lavelle given his cracking 2019 success in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase; something of an unknown quantity over this distance given only previous showing over 4m saw him pull up in the Midlands Grand National.


Odds: 40/1

Feisty showings this term suggest he could be a livewire contender having pushed the excellent Royale Pagaille close in the Peter Marsh in January before franking that form in the Swinley; fits the profile of a National winning-horse on all the key metrics.Β 


Odds: 40/1

Top of the class? It’s not out the question for this prodigious nine-year-old if he gets a start. He’s the right age and weight profile of a National winner-in-waiting. That said, a poor showing at Cheltenham is a blot in his copybook heading into this battle royale, but his connections will be hoping his Paddy Power Chase win at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival is a better indicator of his current abilities.

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Odds: 40/1

Comprehensive CV arguably deserves some serious silverware as he returns to one of his favourite courses; 66/1 starting price in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was ultimately a fair yardstick as he trailed home 8th. His 2nd in the Many Clouds Chase here in December 2020 could make him one for the shortlist, however, given he tends to find something extra at Aintree.Β 


Odds: 40/1

Mountain to climb to make a bold showing here if taking almighty flop in the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham into account, but no forlorn hope if she can recapture her winter form from Ireland into maiden showing at this venue.Β 


Odds: 40/1

Could leave Scottish racegoers making plenty of noise at Aintree if Lucinda Russell can win this prize for a second time in five years after success with One For Arthur in 2017; won the Scottish National last season so has a big race in him despite a lacklustre season to date.


Odds: 40/1

Expect fist pumps on the ITV coverage if this one strikes gold, with broadcaster Oli Bell a part owner of this talented nine-year-old; in excellent shape heading into this battle having placed on all three starts this campaign.

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Odds: 40/1

Sophisticated campaigner for Emmet Mullins could be one to consider for the places considering his top 10 efforts against elite opposition at Cheltenham and Leopardstown so far this term; arguably one to note for future renewals given no seven-year-old has won this since 1940.


Odds: 40/1

Competitive if he can make the cut, with his fine record when fresh making him one for the shortlist at a longer price; commanding run at Cheltenham in December suggests he could pull rank here


Odds: 50/1

Unlikely to feature in the final shake-up here having failed to hit the high notes at Cheltenham and Fairyhouse since the autumn; freak 150/1 win in last year’s Irish National increasingly looks a one-off but it would be remiss not to note it.


Odds: 50/1

Would fly into the record books if he was to win this race at 12 years old with the last winner of that vintage, Amberleigh House, winning nearly 20 years ago; arguably missed his best chance when a 10/1 fancy back in 2019.


Odds: 50/1

13-year-old looks too long in the tooth to be able to bite into younger rivals in this field, although he was by no means disgraced when finishing in the top six in last year’s renewal.


Odds: 50/1

Could hit quicksand in this contest having failed to place in any race since returning to action in October; well beaten by three other National contenders in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February.


Odds: 50/1

Could be on the money for each-way backers given he showed aptitude for a 4m workout when 2nd at Ayr in last year’s Scottish Grand National; may prefer good ground if he’s going to hit the jackpot here.


Odds: 66/1

Seems unlikely to have the golden touch for Willie Mullins as he chases a first National win since Hedgehunter in 2005; untested over this trip.


Odds: 66/1

Needs something extra to be a top performer here having been found wanting over these fences in December; may need heavy ground to enhance his place claims here.Β 


Odds: 66/1

Elite performer on his day, but arrives here in no kind of form having struggled to impress since a Grade 2 win at Ascot in November; this mammoth trip will surely be too much of an ask for one of Colin Tizzard’s top stable talents.


Odds: 66/1

Will be looking to rise from the ashes of a disappointing Kempton outing in February where he was a faller when setting off as joint favourite; credible fourth on last run here in Grade 1 company last April.


Odds: 66/1

National win would redeem a career that has never quite delivered the highs many expected during his early days; would need to find a spark somewhere to seriously feature here but clearly merits serious respect as a two-time Cheltenham winner.


Odds: 66/1

Easy to dismiss given wretched 2022 form that has seen him pulled up on all three starts; needs to rediscover spark of two years ago when he won the Cheltenham Cross Country to give a good account here.


Odds: 80/1

Brahma seems unlikely to be amongst the drama having come up short in last two efforts at Gowran Park and Cheltenham; one win in last 12 starts doesn’t augur well for his Aintree chances.


Odds: 80/1

Didn’t appreciate the good-to-soft conditions when pulling up in contest last year and looks unlikely to lord it over his rivals here after a decidedly middling 2022 campaign.


Odds: 66/1

Definitely one with some stamina issues to address here having looked decidedly out of sorts in the Welsh Grand National; connections will be hoping this course is better suited to his talents having seen him finish 2nd on last outing on Merseyside.


Odds: 66/1

Seems destined to fold early here having been well below his best in three starts since Christmas; one of the less likely hopefuls to end Henry De Bromhead’s search for a first ever win in this contest.


Odds: 100/1

A spirited fourth in the Becher Chase back in December suggests he’s by no means the worst long-shot shout in this field, but he lacked the energy to feature in the Eider at Newcastle – his only previous excursion beyond 4m.


Odds: 100/1

Fourth reserve needs a miracle to make a name for himself in this contest; likely to make up the numbers even if late pull-outs see him step out at Aintree.


Odds: 100/1

Third reserve status mean he’ll struggle to make the final cut; little to get excited about here anyway given last run saw him pulled up at Uttoxeter.


Odds: 125/1

Not exactly a class apart in recent efforts having trailed home second from last at Naas in March andΒ  didn’t overly trouble the frontrunners here last season when 15th home.

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2021 Grand National betting

How To Pick The Grand National Winner | Our 5 Top Tips

While this event is always something of a lottery due to the size of the field and the notoriously tricky fences, there is at least some science behind how to pick the Grand National winner.

To help narrow down your selections, it’s best to focus on these five factors:

⏳ AGE: experience is often key in the Grand National. 1940 was the last time a horse seven years old or younger triumphed in this ultimate stamina test.

Most winners tend to be between eight and 11.

βš–οΈ WEIGHT: while the ins and outs of the weighting system can be confusing even for the most sophisticated of punters, the maths are simple when it comes to National winners.

Since 2001, only three winners have set off with a handicap less than 10-05: Bindaree in 2002 (10-04), Auroras Encore in 2013 (10-03) , and last year’s winner Minella Times (10-03).

Watch those weights come National day!

πŸ‘Œ FORM: just like when betting on any sporting event, studying the form can make all the difference.

For instance, two-time winner Tiger Roll would have been the sentimental choice for many β€˜once-a-year’ punters had he made the final cut for this year’s renewal, but his likely starting price would have been based as much on his previous exploits as his seasonal form.

πŸ”’ ODDS: It’s a pretty simple one this. The Grand National odds should give you a steer as to which contenders are most likely to turn up and perform in the big race.

While favourites don’t always prevail, a lot of variables usually needs to fall into place for a long-shot winner to land the National.

Mon Mome is the most famous winner to defy all pre-race logic in the last two decades, winning at an extraordinary 100/1.

Keep an eye on those just bubbling under in the betting.

Six of the last 11 winners were priced up between 14/1 and 33/1 at the off.

πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ SHARPNESS: preparing a horse for the Grand National is always a delicate balancing act for a racehorse trainer. It’s the ultimate test of stamina, but that doesn’t mean there’s a β€˜one size fits all’ training strategy to suit all 40 runners for this most gruelling of challenges.

Some horses naturally run better β€˜fresh’; others may need some extensive grunt work to shine over the 4m 3 1/2f distance thrown up by Aintree.

Take a moment to research what the trainers have been saying pre-race about their horses’ chances.

Beyond the β€˜spin’, you might pick up some useful kernels of information…

Author: Tracey Gomez