Grand National Tips, Odds and Favourites 2018 | Ante post Outlook

Last Updated 16 May 2018 | Commercial content | 18+

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Seasoned horse racing fans will always have one eye on the ante post betting through the year. From October through to the date of the Grand National in April, you can bet on the Grand National favourites through the National Hunt season. For those new to ante post betting, check out our Grand National Ante Post Betting Guide before you part with your money.

In 2018, the Grand National date is Saturday 14th April. However, with the bookmakers already offering Grand National betting odds, we thought we’d take a look. This Ante post outlook will cover some of the most-likely Grand National runners that head up the market. Some of these horses will have much shorter prices come race day. If you fancy an early punt, these Grand National tips could help you pick a winner. Remember, all odds are subject to change.

Grand National Betting 2018 | Best Odds*

HorseTrainerBest OddsBet with Grand National Bookmakers
Total RecallW P MullinsBetfair icon
Anibale FlyAJ MartinWilliam Hill Icon
BlaklionNigel Twiston-DaviesBetfair icon
Tiger RollGordon ElliottPaddy Power icon
S. ThompsonUnibet icon
Baie Des IlesR. O’Sullivanbet365 Icon
The Last SamuriK. BaileyWilliam Hill Icon
Ucello ContiGordon ElliottBoylesports icon

* All odds updated 14/4/18. All subject to change.

Grand National Tips | Ante post favourites

Horses that have run in previous Aintree Grand Nationals are always a good place to start. When it comes to looking for horses that will run well in the 2018 race, this trend is up with 5 of the last 16 winners of the Grand National having been unplaced in the previous year’s race. Here are our best Grand National tips for 2018’s favourites.


The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained, Blaklion, who ran a gallant fourth in the 2017 Grand National, heads most of the bookmaker markets around the 25/1 mark. But many of the layers are going much shorter (14/1 – 16/1). This horse will be 9 years-old come April 2018, which is the perfect age for this race. 14 of the previous 27 winners were aged 9 or 10 years-old. The Twiston-Davies yard have also won the race twice in the past, with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002). They certainly know what’s needed to prepare Grand National horses. With another year on his back, we can expect Blaklion to be stronger this time. Being only 8 ¼ lengths back from the winner – One For Arthur – in 2017, we know he stays this 4m 2 ½ f trip well.

We can expect his handicap mark to be higher this year, but having proved he can tackle the tricky Grand National fences suggests his connections will aim at giving him another crack in April. Being placed before though does, however, mean he’s got a big negative trend to overcome that has seen just 1 winner or placed horse from the previous year’s race go onto win 12 months later. But he could still be one for the each-way backers. However, as soon as the ‘once-a-year’ punter remember his name from last year, there is also a big chance his original 25/1 price will be a lot, lot shorter on the day. Don’t forget 12 months ago he was sent off as the 8/1 favourite! Our Grand National tips would be to back him now, with the view to his price being a lot shorter on the day.

Total Recall

This horse didn’t run in the race last year. But this Willie Mullins-trained 9 year-old will be running at Aintree – and over these fences – for the first time. He landed another big handicap race this season – The Ladbrokes Gold Trophy (Hennessy) – off a mark of 147, but is now rated 156. He only had 10-8 to carry in that Newbury race, so with 11-1 this time more will be needed. However, he’s a fast-improving stayer and connections have protected his handicap mark by running him over hurdles recently at Leopardstown. For those that don’t know National Hunt horses have different ratings over fences and hurdles – a good run over one set of obstacles only impacts its rating over those. 

The Last Samuri

Many people will recall this horse being the runner-up in the 2016 Grand National. He would have cost the bookmakers a few quid that day after being well-supported into 8/1 joint-favourite. He’d won the Grimthorpe Chase (a recognised Grand National Trial race) by an easy 10 lengths the month before. He figured in the 2017 Grand National too, but could only manage 16th, but to his credit he was burdened with a massive 11-10 that day. Since 1978, 120 horses have tried to win with more than 11-5, with just two winners; Many Clouds (11-9) in 2015 & Neptune Collonges (11-6) in 2012.

This race will certainly be a target again and being that he’s got round in the last two renewals then he’s becoming a regular in the race. We can expect the handicapper to relent a bit on his mark. So, our Grand National tips would include watching that closely. A lot will depend on the handicapper. But he returned to the track this season with a decent second at Kempton over an inadequate trip to show he’s still in love with the game.


*Remember, all odds are subject to change.

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