Grand National Tips and Odds 2019 | Ante post Outlook

Last Updated 30 Aug 2018 | Commercial content | 18+

Get the best Grand National Tips and odds for April 2019! 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.

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 2019, the Grand National date is Saturday 6th 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 2019 | Best Odds*

HorseTrainerBest OddsBet with Grand National Bookmakers
Tiger RollG. Elliott20/1Paddy Power icon
One For ArthurL. Russell25/1Ladbrokes icon
BellshillW. P. Mullins25/1William Hill Icon
Pleasant CompanyW. P. Mullins25/1Paddy Power icon
Step BackM. Bradstock33/1Ladbrokes icon
BallyopticN. Twiston-Davies33/1Betfair icon
General PrincipleG. Elliott33/1Paddy Power icon
RathvindenW. P. Mullins40/1Betfair icon
Anibale FlyAJ Martin40/1bet365 Icon
BlaklionN. Twiston-Davies40/1bet365 Icon
Mall DiniP. G. Kelly40/1Ladbrokes icon

* All odds updated 30/8/18. 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.

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 2019 Grand National horses with past history in the race often do well. This is backed up with 5 of the last 17 (29%) winners of the Grand National having been unplaced in the previous year’s race. Here are our best Grand National tips for 2019’s favourites.

Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll was the winner of the 2018 Grand National so if lining-up again in 2019 will certainly be popular with punters again. The horse was only 8 years-old when winning last year so will still have time on his side at the age of 9 in 2019. This Gordon Elliott-trained runner will, however, be hoping to 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 third winner in the race as we also won the 2017 version with Silver Birch. In 2018 Tiger Roll was rated 150 and carried 10st13lbs 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 2019.

Bellshill

The Willie Mullins-trained Bellshill has run at the Aintree Grand National Meeting twice before, but never in the Grand National. He’s been second in the Champion Bumper (2015) and runner-up in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2016) so at least he’s experienced the hustle and bustle of this big festival. He was fifth (beaten just a length) in the 2017 Irish Grand National so does have experience of these sort of gruelling races. However, a lot might depend on the ground with this horse as all his best runs to date have been of soft (or worse) underfoot conditions. He’d be looking to give trainer Willie Mullins his second Aintree Grand National win after landing the prize in 2005 with a horse called Hedgehunter.

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. This horse will be 11 years-old in 2019 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 11-year-old winners of the Grand National. Pleasant Company carried 10st11lbs in 2017 and was rated 148 but after that excellent runners-up finish he’s likely to be rated higher in 2019.

Anibale Fly

Anibale Fly is a horse Aintree Grand National fans will remember from 2018 as he ran a blinder to be fourth. 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 2019. He’ll be 9 years-old in 2019 and also had top Grade One Chase form after running a fair third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018. He was sent off a well-fancied 10/1 shot in 2017 and if making the final runners can be expected to be popular with punters again.

Blaklion

A stalwart in recent Grand Nationals as, if running, the 2019 renewal would be his third consecutive outing in this race. He was fourth in 2017 after being sent off the 8/1 favourite, while in 2018 he was brought down at the first fence. Therefore, punters of the 14/1 shot last year knew their fate early on but having won the 2018 Becher Chase over these National-style fences we know he handles the course. He’ll be 10 years-old in 2019 so still have time on his side for a few more Nationals and would surely have another leading chance if getting to the race in one piece.

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’ll head into the Grand National on an ideal age and has shown a liking for the extreme distances that this race throws up. 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 2018 then he could be an interesting contender.

Ballyoptic

This Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained runner won the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle here in 2016 and was fifth in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the meeting 12 months ago, however, is yet to run in the Grand National. He’s lightly-raced over fences in general but this 9-year-old became a contender for this race after running a close second in the 2018 Scottish Grand National at Ayr. This yard also has a strong history in the race having won the prize in 1998 and 2002.

One For Arthur

The 2017 Grand National winner was ruled out of a chance of defending his title in 2018 through injury and after some time on the sidelines could be back in 2019. 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 is sure to have a bigger burden to carry in 2019 being a proven past winner in the race. 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.

General Principle

Is another potential runner for trainer Gordon Elliott and being owned by Gigginstown House Stud he’ll be looking to become the owners’ third win in the race since 2016. He’d have a big chance too as he landed the Irish Grand National in 2017 so is no stranger to contesting these stamina-demanding races. He’ll be 10 years-old come 2019 but with all career wins to date coming with some degree of cut underfoot then he might want the ground to be soft to be seen at his best.

Rathvinden

This could be another leading player for the Willie Mullins camp. He’s never run in a past Aintree Grand National but has shown a liking for extreme distances in the past. He landed the 4m race at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival in good style, so stamina is not an issue for this horse. He’ll be 11 years-old come April 2019 but with three horses of that age winning the Grand National since 2012 then his age shouldn’t be deemed as a negative.

Mall Dini

Staying the long trip might be a worry for this Patrick Kelly-trained runner. He was pulled up in the Irish National back in April 2018 but prior to that was just touched off in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival over 3m2f. He’s a strong travelling horse but often doesn’t find as must as expected in the closing stages of his races. In his defence, he’s still got time on his side and will be a stronger horse in 2019 (9 years old). He’s never run in the race, or at Aintree, so the track would also be an unknown.

*Remember, all odds are subject to change.

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