Grand National Tips and Odds 2020 | Ante post Outlook

Last Updated 30 Jul 2019 | Commercial content | 18+

Get the best Grand National Tips and odds for April 2020! With Grand National betting odds on offer all-year-round, the modern day punter has the opportunity to bet on the world’s greatest steeplechase at all stages through the year.

*Favourites and odds will be updated closer to Grand National 2020.*

Seasoned horse racing fans will always have one eye on the ante post betting through the year to inform their Grand National tips. Being a steeplechase then the main season runs from October through to the date of the Grand National in April, but you can bet on the Grand National favourites through the National Hunt jumping season. For those new to ante post betting, check out our Grand National Ante Post Betting Guide before you part with your money as we’ve got some handy Grand National tips to make sure you get the best value.

In 2020, the Grand National date is Saturday 4th April. However, with the bookmakers already offering Grand National betting odds, we thought we’d take an early look at some of the main horses that are expected to head to the race. The Ante post markets will cover some of the most-likely Grand National tips for runners that head-up the market, but it goes without saying, some of these horses will have much shorter prices come race day.

Grand National Ante Post Betting 2020 | Best Odds*

Favourites and odds will be updated closer to Grand National 2020.​​

HorseTrainerBest OddsBet with Grand National Bookmakers
Tiger RollG. Elliottbet365 Icon
Anibale Fly**T. MartinWilliam Hill Icon
RathvindenW. P. MullinsWilliam Hill Icon
Burrows SaintW. P. MullinsUnibet Logo
FrodonP. NichollsBetfred icon
Pleasant CompanyW. P. Mullinsbet365 Icon
Ms ParfoisA. HoneyballUnibet Logo
TalkischeapA. Kingbet365 Icon
Native RiverC. Tizzardbet365 Icon

** Top Weight
* All subject to change.

If you fancy an early punt, these Grand National tips could help you pick a winner and if you feel your horse will improve through the season then it’s very likely the odds will get shorter nearer to the race. Remember, all odds are subject to change as when the race draws closer certain horses might not run, while others will head into the Aintree Grand National in better form than others – both key factors that will make Grand National tips and betting odds for many of the runners change in the months and weeks leading up to the race.

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Grand National Tips | Ante post favourites

Horses that have run in previous Aintree Grand Nationals are always a good place to start. Therefore, when it comes to looking for horses that will run well in the 2020 Grand National horses with past history in the race often do well. This was backed-up again in 2019 with the 2018 Grand National winner – Tiger Roll – following-up, while the 2018 third – Anibale Fly – managed to run a gallant fifth in the race in 2019. Here are our best Grand National tips for 2020’s favourites.

Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll was the winner of the 2018 and 2019 Grand National so if lining-up again in 2020 will certainly be popular with punters again. The horse was only 8 years-old when winning in 2018 and, therefore, a 9 year-old when winning the 2019 Grand National, so will still have time on his side at the age of 10 in 2020. This Gordon Elliott-trained runner become the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National since Red Rum (1973 & 1974). He’ll also be looking to become trainer Gordon Elliott’s fourth winner in the race as he also won the 2017 version with Silver Birch. In 2019 Tiger Roll was rated 159 and carried 11st5lbs in weight but being a proven winner of the race, we can expect the horse to have to carry much more weight if he runs again in 2020. He also won as the well-backed 4/1 favourite in the 2019 Grand National and if running again is sure to be sent off as the market leader again.

Pleasant Company

Is another potential Willie Mullins runner. This horse does, however, has plenty of Grand National experience as many will remember him running a head second in 2018. Yes, he almost got to Tiger Roll in the closing stages and more seasoned racing fans will also remember him finishing ninth in the 2017 renewal. He, however, unseated in the 2019 Grand National, but was in fourth at the time when losing his jockey four fences from home, so looked set for a place again. This horse will be 12 years-old in 2020 so will be looking to follow in the hoofprints of Neptune Collonges (2012), Auroras Encore (2013) and Pineau De Re (2014), who were all recent older winners of the Grand National. Pleasant Company carried 11st1lbs in 2019 and was rated 155, but with age not on his side the handicapper might relent a bit on that mark – we’ll have to see. He’s around 33/1 in the betting for the 2020 Grand National.

Anibale Fly

Anibale Fly is a horse Aintree Grand National fans will remember from 2019 as he ran a blinder to be fifth. He was beaten by just over 11 lengths twelve months ago but with that experience and another year on his back, he can be expected to be a big player in 2020. He’ll be 10 years-old in 2020 and also had top Grade One Chase form after running a fair third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018 and followed that up with a second in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup a year later. This JP McManus-owned staying chaser carried 11st-10lbs in the 2019 Grand National, which was top-weight. He was rated 164 that day, but with another tilt at the Gold Cup on the cards it remains to be seen if his mark will be any lower if heading for the 2020 Grand National. He’s currently around 33/1 in the betting for the 2020 Grand National.

Step Back

This UK-based horse is handled by trainer Mark Bradstock and improved up against the ranks last season to be a potential contender. He rounded off the 2017 season by winning the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown by an easy 13 lengths and there could be more to come. At just 9 years old he went into the 2019 Grand National on an ideal age and has shown a liking for the extreme distances that this race throws up. However, he was eventually pulled-up in the race. His yard is yet to win the Grand National but if this horse returns to the track in the sort of form he left off in during 2019 – he was third in the 2019 Bet365 Gold Cup – then he could be an interesting contender again in 2020.


From the Alan King yard that are yet to win the Grand National, but he looks another improving staying chaser in the making. He rounded off the 2018-19 season by winning the Bet365 Gold Cup in great style. He’ll only be 8 years-old when the 2020 Grand National comes around, but should also be a lot stronger for another summer on his back and certainly looks a horse to have in your sights for the 2020 Grand National – he’s around 33/1 in the betting.

Burrows Saint

This Willie Mullins runner won the 2019 Irish Grand National and with that race often being a good guide for the Aintree Grand National then he’s another horse to note. He’ll, however, only be 7 years old by the time of the 2020 Grand National comes around and the last horse of that age to win the race was back in 1940! Yes, he’s got time on his side and we know he loves these extreme distances but he might be a National horse in 2 or 3 more seasons time as it’s hard to ignore that 7-year-old age stat. He’s around 20/1 in the betting for the 2020 Grand National.

One For Arthur

The 2017 Grand National winner was ruled out of a chance of defending his title in 2018 through injury but was back in 2019 coming sixth place. He’ll be 10 year-olds old if making the race in April and is sure to be popular with punters once they remember his name from a few years ago. He won with 10st11lbs on his back in 2017 and was rated 148 but had a bigger burden to carry in 2019 with 11st. He’ll be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum to win back the race after a gap of a year or more.

Native River

The winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup and ran a top fourth in the 2019 renewal. He’s a past Welsh National winner too, so staying is not an issue for this Colin Tizzard-trained runner. He’s never run in the Aintree Grand National before though and is also yet to run over the National fences. If heading to the race, he’s liking to be one of the top-weights as he’s rated as high as 173 when running fourth in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He’s around 25/1 for the 2020 Grand National.

Magic of Light

This Jessie Harrington-trained stayer was a gallant second in the 2019 Grand National and with age on her side can go well in the 2020 running. Yes, she’s likely to have more weight in 2020 after having 10st 11lbs in 2019 and rated 151. However, with that proven experience of the fences she could be in for a big season ahead in the top staying races. She’s around 33/1 in the betting for the 2020 Grand National.


This could be another leading player for the Willie Mullins camp. He’s shown a liking for extreme distances in the past and he landed the 4m race at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival in good style, so stamina is not an issue for this horse. He backed that up with a cracking third in the 2019 Grand National. He’ll be 12 years-old come April 2020 but with three horses of that age winning the Grand National since 2012 then his age shouldn’t be deemed as a negative. He comes from a top yard and having tasted the fences now, will be another popular choice for punters in the 2020 renewal – he’s around 33/1 in the betting for the 2020 Grand National.

*Remember, all odds are subject to change.

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