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Is Antepost betting on the Grand National a Smart Play?
The Grand National at Aintree Racecourse is the premier steeplechase race in the world. This prestigious race has a long and storied history dating back to the first running in 1839. Horses have to undergo a grueling test of tenacity and stamina. The race itself is a demanding 4 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs distance and contested over 30 fences. It is not uncommon that many of the runners do not even finish the event. Often falling or losing riders in the running.


The race allows for up to 40 runners to start in this grueling test of fortitude. Last years winner Tiger Roll was the first repeat winner since it was done in 1973 - 1974 with the amazing champion named Red Rum. Tiger Roll was ridden on both occasions by Davy Russell and is trained by Gordon Elliot.

Tiger Roll pictured. (Via Twitter from
When betting on the Grand national you have a few options to do so. One option is through the Antepost wagering market. This form of early betting allows you to bet on a horse at fixed odds in advance of the contest. If you are dipping into the Antepost market I would advise taking a chance on a long priced horse that you think has a chance. If I were to bet this years Antepost market I would be looking to play against the short priced favorite Tiger Roll. For him to win 3 years in a row is highly unlikely given the history and difficulty of the contest.

If you want to see the current odds or fancy a wager, you can find Antepost betting on the Grand National 2020 here.
Taking an each way bet on a couple of outsiders early could be a great play. That way if one of your runners does make the big race and goes off at shorter odds than the Antepost market, it will be easier to place a hedge bet on a horse the day of the race. If for some reason Tiger Roll does not run in the event due to injury or health concerns. Your early wagers would look pretty sweet at post time.


This actually looks like a great year to place an Antepost wager on the Grand National. In my opinion it only makes sense if you are willing to take a position against the favorite Tiger Roll. If you do so, you could be highly rewarded on race day. Good luck with this years contest and hope you enjoy the great race with friends this year, should be super exciting. By Kerry Zangara