With the new year comes a new Grand National and although the list of entries has not yet been revealed, bookmakers are happily offering ante-post odds on who they think will win the 2020 Grand National.

Important Grand National 2020 Dates

The deadline for entries this year is Monday, 27th Janaury 2020 with the names announced to the public the following day. From there, the excitement mounts as punters and professionals try to determine who they think will be given top weight.

Spoiler alert: it's going to be Tiger Roll. He was rated 159 when he won the National for a second time, carrying 11-5 on his back. This time around he is Officially Rated at 172, a full 13 points more so it looks like a certainty that he will be burdened with 11-10 by the BHA Handicapper.

But just in case a better horse does get an entry, we will have to wait until the Grand National Weights lunch on Tuesday, February 11th to find out.

From there it's anybody's guess as to which 40 horses will actually run on the day of the Grand National. This year that is Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

How The Process Works

Over a series of withdrawal dates, various horses will be taken out of consideration by their connections. This can happen for a number of reasons, including opting to race elsewhere, including the Cheltenham Festival, injury or a less than pleasing prep season. Generally, however, from the initial top 40 in contention from the weights date, about 25 (or more) ultimately get withdrawn.

This, of course, is good news for those with potential runners further down the list as they move up and into the newly vacated spots. This can happen right up until two days before the race. The day beforehand, the final 40 are decided. Up until that point, or at least a week or so before the race, most of the odds on offer are considered ‘ante-post'. This means that if you back a horse and it doesn't run on the day you lose your bet and your stake.

While the odds may seem better, as they often are, there is a risk with ante-post bets. What you want to see on the betting market is ‘NRNB‘. This means if your chosen horse doesn’t run in the race your stake is returned to you. That way you can use your money to back another horse that is definitely running in the 2020 Grand National.

Grand National 2020 Odds

While there is still more than two and a half months to go, here are the latest odds from Paddy Power Bookmakers. Remember Ante Post rules apply to all bets made now. (In other words, you'll lose your money if it doesn't run!)

These odds will continue to change over the coming weeks and I will endeavour to keep them updated but always check with the bookmaker before you place any bets as odds do fluctuate a lot.

  • Tiger Roll – 7/1
  • Burrows Saint – 14/1
  • Rathvinden – 20/1
  • Walk In The Mill – 20/1
  • Elegant Escape – 20/1
  • Native River – 20/1
  • Magic Of Light – 25/1
  • Borice – 25/1
  • Le Breuil – 33/1
  • Anibale Fly – 33/1
  • Pleasant Company – 33/1
  • Cadmium – 33/1
  • Any Second Now – 33/1
  • Mister Malarky – 33/1
  • Ramses De Teille – 33/1
  • One For Arthur – 33/1
  • Talkischeap – 33/1
  • Ballyoptic – 33/1
  • De Rasher Counter – 33/1
  • Top Ville Ben – 33/1
  • Potters Corner – 33/1
  • Vintage Clouds – 40/1
  • Beware The Bear – 40/1
  • Takingrisks – 40/1
  • Cloth Cap – 40/1
  • Give Me A Copper – 40/1
  • Chriss Dream – 40/1
  • Discorama – 50/1
  • Jerrysback – 50/1
  • Debece – 50/1
  • Livelovelaugh – 50/1
  • Lake View Lad – 50/1
  • Kildisart – 50/1
  • Jury Duty – 50/1
  • Big River – 50/1
  • West Approach – 50/1
  • Frodon – 50/1
  • Vinndication – 50/1
  • Cogry – 50/1
  • Regal Encore – 50/1
  • Roaring Bull – 50/1
  • Lord Du Mesnil – 50/1
  • Joe Farrell – 66/1
  • Cabaret Queen – 66/1
  • Yala Enki – 66/1
  • Minella Rocco – 66/1
  • Tout Est Permis – 66/1
  • Now McGinty – 66/1
  • Yorkhill – 80/1
  • Soupy Soups – 100/1

Not all of these horses will run, in fact, some may not even get an entry. On that basis, it would be wiser to hold off on making any bets, unless you have a crystal ball. But if you fancy checking odd the odds in greater detail, or you simply want to ignore all of my advice then check out Paddy Power.



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