Irish Grand National Betting Offers
Staged at Fairyhouse racecourse each year, horse racing fans always look forward to tackling the Irish Grand National betting market – with the race always run during the Easter period.
The Irish Grand National is run over the distance of 3m5f and has 24 fences to be jumped. As the race is run on Easter Monday, the actual date of the race can varies from year-to-year in line with the Easter holidays – the 2023 Irish Grand National will be run on Monday 10th April 2023.
Irish Grand National betting offers 2023
You can bet on the Irish Grand National with the UK’s biggest bookmakers:
Irish Grand National bookmakers
Most of the main bookmakers will have Irish Grand National betting odds in the build-up to the race on their ante-post section. You can either bet this way, wait until the day of the race to have a bet on the 2023 Irish Grand National, or do a mix of the two options.
The Irish Grand National was sponsored by leading bookmaker Ladbrokes between 2011 and 2013, with its current backer – Boylesports – taking over in 2014 and becoming one of the main layers when it comes to Irish Grand National betting.
Irish Grand National Favourites – Ante-post betting guide
Betting ante-post on the Irish Grand National means you can place a bet on any horse in a bookmaker’s ante-post betting market weeks in advance of the race. This gives punters the chance to bet ante-post on the Irish Grand National and in many cases grab much better odds.
However, betting ante-post on the Irish Grand National also comes with some risks. If you horse doesn’t run or make the final Irish Grand National runners, you’ll lose your ante-post stake.
Some Irish Grand National bookmakers might offer a ‘non-runner, no bet’ concession in the build-up to the race – if you place your Irish Grand National ante-post bet with this offer in place, you WILL get your stake refunded on any non-runners.
Therefore, ante-post betting comes with some choices, balancing the risk of losing your Irish Grand National stake with the potential of getting bigger odds.
We all have different levels of risk aversion, so decide whether to wait for a ‘non-runner, no bet’ concession, or take those attractive odds early, before the Irish Grand National runners are declared.
Irish Grand National Favourites 2023
*All odds subject to change.
Irish Grand National Odds
Betting on the Irish Grand National always hots up from January onwards, which is just after the Welsh National – but this sometimes depends on when Easter is each year.
Ante-post markets for Irish Grand National betting will get more popular as the race draws closer. The Irish Grand National odds will change through this period based on horses that are being aimed at the race performing well in trial races or being confirmed as an Irish Grand National runner in the build-up to the race.
If you’re betting ante-post on the 2023 Irish Grand National, keep an eye out in the days before the race – there’ll be more Irish Grand National tips put out by horse racing pundits, and sometimes these can influence the Irish Grand National betting odds.
Irish Grand National tips
When looking at the Irish Grand National betting markets, past winners can often provide Irish Grand National tips and clues.
In the last 11 runnings, we’ve seen 10 Irish Grand National winners trained in Ireland, while 8 of the last 11 successful Irish Grand National runners were aged 8 or younger.
The 2019 Irish Grand National winner, Burrows Saint, returned as the 6/1 favourite in the Irish Grand National betting market. But the 2019 Irish Grand National winner was only the third favourite to win the race since 2003. This trend was hammered home in both 2021 and 2022, when Freewheelin Dylan came home first at a staggering 150/1 and Lord Lariat followed up at 40/1. Freewheelin Dylan was the biggest priced Irish Grand National winner in the race’s history, leaving punters downcast and bookmakers in raptures.
Lord Lariat could be back for more in the 2023 Irish Grand National as he looks to become the first back-to-back winner of the Irish Grand National since Brown Lad (1975 and 1976).
Irish Grand National previous winners
Recent Irish Grand National winners:
- 2022 – Lord Lariat (40/1)
- 2021 – Freewheelin Dylan (150/1)
- 2020 – Cancelled
- 2019 – Burrows Saint (6/1 fav)
- 2018 – General Principle (20/1)
- 2017 – Our Duke (9/2 fav)
- 2016 – Rogue Angle (16/1)
- 2015 – Thunder and Roses (20/1)
- 2014 – Shutthefrontdoor (8/1 fav)
- 2013 – Liberty Counsel (50/1)
- 2012 – Lion Na Bearnai (33/1)
- 2011 – Organised Confusion (12/1)
- 2010 – Bluesea Cracker (25/1)
- 2009 – Niche Market (33/1)
- 2008 – Hear the Echo (33/1)
- 2007 – Butler’s Cabin (14/1)
- 2006 – Point Barrow (20/1)
- 2005 – Numbersixvalverde (9/1)
- 2004 – Granit D’Estruval (33/1)
- 2003 – Timbera (11/1)
Irish Grand National Betting Trends
To help find the winner of the 2023 Irish Grand National, looking at past renewals of the race and building up some Irish Grand National trends can often help.
For example, a massive 19 of the last 20 Irish Grand National winners carried less than 11st in weight, backed up again in the 2021 Irish Grand National when the winner, Lord Lariat, won with just 9st 12lbs.
These key Irish Grand National trends can often have an impact on Irish Grand National betting odds and market, especially when the final Irish Grand National runners are announced and racing fans look for horses that fit the best profiles of past Irish Grand National winners.
Key Irish Grand National betting trends
- 18/19 – Carried 10-13 or LESS
- 18/19 – Won over at least 3m previously
- 17/19 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
- 16/19 – Winning distance – 5 lengths or less
- 16/19 – Carried 10-8 or less
- 16/19 – Aged 9 or younger
- 15/19 – Irish bred
- 15/19 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
- 15/19 – Returned a double-figure price or bigger
- 15/19 – Won by an Irish-based trainer
- 13/19 – Carried 10-6 or less
- 13/19 – Had raced at Fairyhouse previously
- 11/19 – Unplaced favourites
- 10/19 – Finished fourth or better last time out
- 10/19 – Had raced within the last 4 weeks
- 8/19 – Rated between 130-136
- 4/19 – Won by an English-based trainer
- 3/19 – Ran at Navan last time out
- 3/19 – Won last time out
- 3/19 – Winning favourites
- 2/19 – Carried 11-0 or more
How to watch the Irish Grand National?
Many bookmakers will give their online customers the chance to watch the Irish Grand National if they’ve placed a bet on the Irish Grand National – there are sometimes minimum bet requirements in place in order to qualify to watch the race (check with your bookmaker).
High Street bookmakers will also show the Irish Grand National live in their shops, while horse racing subscription channel – Racing TV – also show LIVE horse racing from Fairyhouse so if you’ve got access to this channel this is another way to watch the Irish Grand National.
Irish Grand National History
Run at Fairyhouse racecourse at their Easter Festival each year, the Irish Grand National is one of the jumping highlights each year.
The 2023 Irish Grand National will be run on Monday 10th April.
The race is open to horses aged 5 or older and run over a trip of 3m5f, with 24 fences to jump.
The Irish Grand National was first run in 1870, with the first horse to win the Irish Grand National being Sir Robert Peel.
The Irish Grand National can also be a guide to the Aintree Grand National. Depending when Easter is, the Irish Grand National can be run before the Aintree Grand National, and will take place shortly before in 2022.
In 2005, a horse called Numbersixvalverde won the Irish Grand National and followed-up by winning the Aintree Grand National in 2006. Bobby Jo is another example of this, winning the Irish Grand National in 1998 and the Aintree Grand National in 1999.
Another famous Irish Grand National winner the race was Desert Orchid (1990), while the last horse to win back-to-back Irish Grand Nationals was Brown Lad in 1975 and 1976.
Irish Grand National 2023 FAQ
1. What date is the Irish Grand National 2023?
The 2023 Irish Grand National will take place on Monday 10th April 2023 (Easter Monday).
2. What time is the Irish Grand National?
The Irish Grand National 2023 is scheduled to start at 2.05pm.
3. Where is the Irish Grand National held?
The Irish Grand National is staged at Fairyhouse racecourse in Ireland.
4. Who won the Irish Grand National 2022?
Lord Lariat won the 2022 Irish Grand National, at odds of 40/1. He was ridden by Paddy O’Hanlon and trained by Dermot A McLoughlin.
5. Will the Irish Grand National 2023 go ahead?
Although the Irish Grand National 2020 was cancelled, the 2021 and 2022 Irish Grand Nationals both went ahead, with the 2023 race scheduled for Monday 10th April 2023.
6. How do I hear the Irish Grand National on radio?
Some leading bookmakers, like William Hill, have a dedicated horse racing radio channel so there’s every chance they will be broadcasting the Irish Grand National commentary on Monday 10th April 2023.