We have barely recovered from this year’s Grand National, and the 2025 renewal doesn’t take place until April 5th next year, but already the antepost betting market is heating up with punters looking to get the ultimate value in their bet.

Of course, no horse on the list is even guaranteed to be entered, not to mind actually run in the race but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from offering 2025 Grand National betting markets.

This happens a lot with big races. If you’re more used to the likes of casinos online where offers are always changing and incredibly current, the idea of of producing odds for a race a year in advance may seem like an unusual strategy for a bookie.

Because, as soon as one is over, odds become available on the next, no matter how far into the future they may be.

So when it comes to the 2025 Grand National, is there value in the antepost odds?

In terms of the actual odds on offer, yes, they will be far higher now than closer to the race. That is because you’re taking a risk, and the odds reflect that.

After all, if you place an antepost bet today and, for whatever reason, your chosen horse doesn’t get entered or run, you lose your stake.

It’s a balancing act, and one that some people are happy with, so let’s look at the top three horses currently ruling the 2025 antepost betting markets.

I Am Maximus

It should come as absolutely no surprise to anybody that I Am Maximus, fresh off his gigantic win at Aintree, is the current ante-post favourite.

With odds around 14/1, that is double his starting price this year when he went off as the 7/1 joint favourite alongside Limerick Lace.

I can see the attraction, after all, barring a major upset he is likely to at least get entered again.

But before you start to think he is a sure thing for back-to-back wins, consider the fate of Corach Rambler, a horse in exactly the same position this time last year.

A solid win was backed up with a third place in the Gold Cup, but with an extra stone on his back, he was always up against it.

That didn’t stop fans from backing him in 2024, but it proved too much, and he bowed out when unseating at the first.

That said, Rambler’s fall was very out of character and most returning champions have a much better race, albeit few return a second victory.

How will I Am Maximus fair in 2025? Only time will tell.

Corach Rambler

As mentioned above, Corach Rambler unseated at the first this time around and after a lacklustre at Punchestown in the Gold Cup a few weeks later, trainer Lucinda Russell decided to call time on his career.

Even so, that hasn’t stopped some bookmakers from offering ante-post odds on him for 2025. But, for the sake of clarity, Corach Rambler has retired and will not be running again.

Corbetts Cross

The first on the list who did not run in this year’s Grand National is Corbetts Cross.

So what makes him such a leading contender for next year’s race? First off, those green and gold hoop silks of owner JP McManus have a little something to do with it.

It seems the super-owner can do no wrong at the moment, and racing fans are keen to latch on to any prospect who could line up next year.

In his defence, Corbetts Cross is a terrific chaser who won the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.

Given that race is run over 3m6f, his stamina is unquestionable and will have no doubt boosted his chances for a shot at the National.

He has also had his first taste of Aintree, finishing in third place in the Bowl Chase ticking yet another box as a horse who could potentially run a big race.

Intense Raffles

As with I Am Maximus, Intense Raffles is also an Irish Grand National winner.

Trained by Thomas Gibney, the grey looks to be on course for a spin around the aintree fences in 2025 and given his solid form of three wins and three places from eight starts, could very well become a serious contender.

He is also a grey which will garner him a huge number of fans as he bids to be first since Neptune Collonges to win the biggest prize of them all.

The only issue is that while the first part of his career was in France and he appears to have settled in Ireland very well, his three wins have all been at Fairyhouse.

This potential runner will need to venture further afield before any attempt at Aintree so it’ll be exciting to see what the upcoming season holds for him.

Grand National Antepost Betting Conclusion

While the antepost betting markets are not extensive by any means, they do tend to lean into the runners who have done well in the most recent race.

It is an understandable strategy but one that doesn’t really take any other factors into account.

For example, Minella Indo is currently 33/1 but will be 12 years old by the time the next National rolls around. Sure, he could run well again but it’s also more likely that the youthful exuberance of his rivals will see him relegated down the pecking order.

Likewise, Delta Work will also be 12 years old. I love this horse, I really do, but four Grand Nationals is a lot to ask, especially with the likes of Irish Grand National winner Intense Raffles and I Am Maximus to contend with.

The good news is that there is no rush to run out and place a bet. These markets will change a lot in the run-up to next year’s race.

To give yourself a fighting chance, at least wait until you know the horse has been given an entry before you convince yourself he/she can win it!