We don’t have long to go before the world’s greatest steeplechase, the Grand National 2020, gets underway. As part of a three day Aintree Festival, this is a race with universal appeal and the one that everybody loves to have a flutter on. And bookmakers know it.

So they spend all year coming up with great offers and promotions, all in a bid to attract you! So what betting specials are currently on offer for the 2020 Grand National?

Non Runner No Bet

This may seem like a no-brainer but until very recently, ante-post odds for the Grand National were the norm until the week of the race. With so many potential runners in contention, most bookmakers weren’t too keen to refund bets placed months in advance. Logistically, with over a hundred entries and only 40 set to line-up, they would have to refund bets on at least 60% of the field.

Thankfully, all major bookmakers have seen the light. Paddy Power, Betfair, and Betfred are now offering all customers Non Runner No Bet odds on the 2020 Grand National. That means if you back a horse now and it doesn’t run on April 4th 2020, you will get your money back.

Paying Out On Five Places

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with how each-way bets work, bookmakers offer odds on your horse to finish 2nd, 3rd or 4th. There are regulations regarding how many places a bookmaker must pay out to:

  • Handicaps of more than 15 runners – 4 places
  • Handicaps of 12-15 runners – 3 places
  • All other races of more than 7 runners – 3 places
  • All races of 5-7 runners – 2 places
  • All races of less than 5 runners – win only

That is when paying out to FIVE places becomes one of the Grand National betting specials. The bookmakers don’t have to pay to 5 places but they do. This gives you an extra chance to win some money if the horse you backed finishes in fifth place.

However, the payout drops from 1/4 of the odds to 1/5 of the odds. So while you do get paid, it will be slightly less. Paddy Power and Betfair are now both offering FIVE places for the 2020 Grand National.

Free Bets

This generally applies to new customers only. A bookmaker will entice you with a welcome offer that is usually based on giving you a free bet or a cash match on your first deposit. You probably see them advertised quite a lot however, some bookmakers are notorious for putting out great promotions and then withdrawing them the day before the Grand National. That means if you sign up on race day, you potentially get nothing.

Look out for bookmakers who have a decent welcome offer, are paying out extra places and are Non Runner No Bet. That way you get the best of the betting specials. You get a free bet, a greater chance of getting paid out and even if your horse doesn’t run, you don’t lose your cash.