Most of you that read this will be placing your 2018 Grand National bets online. However, for those 70,000 people actually heading to the Aintree course on the big day, there is also a huge amount of bets placed trackside. Over the three-day Grand National Meeting 170,000 people will be seen at the Liverpool track. With this comes a lot of business for the on-course bookmakers as they try and tempt racegoers with the best value Grand National odds. For best bets, see our Grand National Betting guides.
A lot of punters might place their Grand National bets online before heading to the track. Some will also place Grand National bets on their phones at the track on their online betting accounts. But, be warned, not every site will have access once you are in the grounds of the track. Unless you are betting through a registered betting partner of Aintree racecourse then there is a chance you won’t be able to access your account.
The easiest solution to all this is to just place your Grand National bets at the track once you get there. You can either get all your bets done early and sit back and take in the atmosphere, or you can bet as you go – before each race. This Simple Win Betting Guide will show you exactly how to do this and some key dos and don’ts.
The betting jungle (as it’s known), is where the on course old fashioned bookies strut their stuff, and this can be a daunting prospect for a novice racegoer. So it’s best to be armed with a few key tips.
The Betting Jungle – Where to place Grand National Bets
The ‘Betting Jungle’ at most tracks can be found in front of the grandstand and generally along by the finishing line. Depending on the size of the track and the size of the meeting will determine how many you’ll see. For a meeting like the Grand National you can expect in the region of 50-100 on-course ‘rails’ bookmakers. This can be a scary image, but with their being so many it also provides punters with the chance to hunt out value Grand National odds. Shop around – they all want your custom so there is always as good chance one will be offering a slightly bigger price on certain horses.
Can I take a Price With an On Course Bookmaker?
The short answer is – Yes, you have to!
Unlike betting online or in a shop, you have no option but to take a price with an on-course bookmaker. This price will be the one on offer at the time you place the bet. The advice here if you think a price will get bigger is to wait and leave placing your bet right till the last minute with the on course bookmakers.
The main reason behind this is that the on-course bookmakers have their own books and liabilities so they need to know EXACTLY where they stand on each race and with each horse. They do this by locking in the price on horses – this way they know their positions and are not liable for a big unexpected pay-out should a horse drift out in the betting and win.
Most on-course bookies these days will have a print-out ticket of your bet. This will have the race time, horse name, your stake, potential winnings and most importantly the bookies name all on. Keep this safe, because if you win, you’ll need to remember the name of the bookie. It’s the only way you’ll be able to find him after the race to collect your winnings.
If I Win my Grand National Bets, What Happens Next?
Great – you’ve just hit the bookies hard and backed the winner of the Grand National. Now check the name on your betting slip and go find the bookie you placed you bet with. Simply queue up, hand over your ticket and wait for your cash to be counted!
Can I Bet On Future Races With On Course Bookies?
Yes, some will offer this service, but to be honest it’s rare. Most on-course bookies will only be interested in the next race. They’ve generally only got one board and that will price-up the horses and odds for the next race. If you want to bet on all the days races at once, an on-course bookmaker shop or the tote is your best option.
Top Tips With Betting With On Course Bookies
Shop Around For Value – With there being so many bookmakers at the Grand National, you’ve got an advantage. Just like going shopping you can eye out the best deals and the best price. Why take 4/1 on a horse when the bookie next door is offering 5/1?!
Be Prepared With Your Horse Name, Stake and Bet Type – Yes, the betting jungle can be a busy place. Once it’s your turn to place your bet, you need to know exactly what horse you want to bet on (name or number), the bet type (generally win or each-way) and then your stake. Check out our Grand National Bet Type Guide for more guidance.
Just remember ‘HBS’ ……….Horse, Bet, Stake………………………
Away from the on course ‘rails’ bookmakers you will also have the option to place Grand National Bets at the track with the Tote. While most courses these days also have your normal betting shops dotted around – you’ll normally find these inside the grandstands.
Learn the Betting Language – You can check out our Grand National Betting guides for more info.