The 2017 Grand National will take place on 8th April at 5:15 pm and will be broadcast live on ITV.

We’ve written this article for people looking for:

  • New customer offers – where to get the best bonus offer available
  • Offers for existing customers – where to get the most places, or best specials etc.

The Grand National is the most popular betting event of the year when pretty much most people have a flutter.

Bookmakers have differing opinions on the Grand National. Some like taking new customers, and maintain their usual welcome bonuses. Others, however, are reluctant to offer free bets on the Grand National, so tend to withdraw their welcome offer for the day.

Because of this, welcome bonuses can change quite a lot and it can be difficult to know whether you’re getting a decent offer, or missing out.  This article has been updated for the last time on Saturday morning, so everything you read here is up to date.

2017 Grand National Free Bets (Top 5 Still Live)

The full list of free bets available for new customers betting on the Grand National is available on the right sidebar for desktop users (above the article for our mobile readers).

If you don’t have the time to go through every offer, we have picked out the top five to choose from:

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£100 Bonus50% Deposit Bonus
A popular new bookmaker with a large bonus offer for new customers

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£20 Free BetWhen you bet £20
Great new customer offer, with an established operator
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£5 Free BetWhen you bet £10
Popular bookmaker who have a lot of horse racing offers
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£50 Free Bet50% Deposit Bonus
We put this one in as it’s relatively new compared to other bookmakers

 2017 Grand National Betting Offers (Full Detail)

Here is a mixture of the best offers for both new and existing customers. Up until the Friday before the Grand National, the 8th of April, all of these offers will be available. On the morning, at various times, bookmakers will start withdrawing the offers.

As that happens, we’ll update this page, so regardless of the time when you’re reading this article, you know you’re getting the best offer available at that moment in time.



  • Paying 5 places (NRNB & BOG available)
  • ITV Racing 4/1 Offer

Back any single winner at 4/1 or more on any race televised live on ITV Racing and you can have a risk free bet to the same stake (up to £50*) on the next race broadcast live on ITV Racing. This offer applies to the FIRST single bet placed by a customer on each race shown live on ITV Racing.

If your risk free bet also wins at odds of 4/1 or more, you qualify for a risk free bet on the next race televised live on ITV Racing. Keep backing those winners and bet365 will keep giving you risk free bets! If your risk free bet loses, your stake (up to £50*) will be refunded to your account.

This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, any refund amount or subsequent risk free bet amount will be equal to the remaining active stake.

*or currency equivalent

T&Cs apply.


10Bet 145 45 px

  • Paying 4 places (NRNB & BOG available)

10Bet have a welcome bonus larger than most, matching your first deposit at 50% up to £200. So if you sign up, and deposit £100, they will give you a bonus of £50.

On their ante-post market, it lists that they’re only paying out at four places. Given that this is less than average, we would not be surprised if they take the decision to enhance this closer to the time.


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  • Paying 5 places (NRNB & BOG available)
  • Plus –  Back a  winner and receive a free bet up to £25.

This year Betfair will not be withdrawing their new customer offer but will modify it slightly. They are one of the few bookmakers that will give you a free bet when signing up.

If your backed horse wins, Betfair will give you another free bet equal to your stake, up to £25. The backed horse must have odds 3/1 or greater, which isn’t a problem when it comes to this race.

Betfair are paying out four places at 1/4 odds at the Grand National, which isn’t great, but they do have their ‘edge each way’ offer. What this enables you to do, is at the time of placing your bet, pick the number of places you want. So in theory, you could back a horse each-way, and pick for it to finish in the top seven places. This will reduce the odds and potential winnings, but gives you full flexibility.


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  • Paying 5 places (NRNB & BOG available)

William Hill has replaced their normal sign up offer with a smaller, more simple one which is when you bet £10, you will get £5 free.

They are now paying five places.


NetBet 145 45 px

  • Paying 4 places (NRNB & BOG available)

NetBet is maintaining their new customer offer for the Grand National. You can get up to £50 in a free bet, which is 50% of your matched deposit. I.e. deposit £100 and meet the wagering requirements, and you’ll receive a £50 free bet.

They are paying four places.


  • Paying 4 places (NRNB & BOG available)

The Boylesports welcome offer is more confusing than most, but in short, you can receive up to £50 in free bets. Straight away, when you bet £10, you’ll receive a £10 free bet. You can then more free bets up to the total sum of £50, based on regular betting.

Boylesports are paying out four places at 1/4 odds at the Grand National.



  • Paying 6 places (NRNB & BOG available)

Paddy Power  has kept a new customer welcome offer – but reduced it from £30 to £10. When you bet £10, you will receive a £10 free bet

Paddy Power is paying out six places at 1/4 odds at the Grand National.



  • New customer offer withdrawn 
  • Paying 4 places (NRNB & BOG available)

It’s  Saturday now, and Betfred have also withdrawn their new customer offer.

Betfred are paying four places i n the Grand National.


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  • New customer offer withdrawn 
  • Paying 6 places (NRNB & BOG available)

Ladbrokes have now withdrawn their new customer offer for the Grand National. It is not possible to get a bonus when signing up.

Betway are paying 6 places now on the Grand National.


Ladbrokes Logo

  • New customer offer withdrawn 
  • Paying 5 places (NRNB & BOG+ available)

Ladbrokes have now withdrawn their new customer offer for the Grand National. It is not possible to get a bonus when signing up.

They will also be offering ‘best odds guaranteed plus’. This is even better than best odds guaranteed offered by competitors. This is because if you back a horse to win a race, and the SP is better than the price you backed it at, then not only will they match it, but they will better the price. The amount it increases depends on the odds, but to give an example, a price of 11/2 would become 6/1.



  • New customer offer withdrawn 
  • Paying 6 places (NRNB & BOG available)

Bet Victor has now withdrawn their new customer offer for the Grand National. It is not possible to get a bonus when signing up.

For existing customers though, they are paying six places which is the joint best.



Who Is Paying The Most Places At The 2017 Grand National?

Currently, the most amount of places available is six, with Bet Victor and Paddy Power.

Otherwise, five places are widely obtainable. This is available via Bet 365, SkyBet, Ladbrokes, and Betway. We would expect at least one of the bookmakers to enhance this to six places closer to the race.

What Do I Need To Know When Betting On The Grand National?

1) How do betting odds work?

We’ve got a full article on how to understand betting odds. You can read it here.

2) What does ‘each-way’ mean?

This is a popular way to bet on the Grand National. If you bet each-way, it means you have two bets. One bet is for the horse to win, and then the second bet is for it to finish in the first four/five positions. Because there are so many runners, this can make it more fun.

3) What does ‘places’ mean?

If you bet for a horse to place as part of an each-way bet, the ‘places’ means the number of positions the horse must finish within for the bet to win. For instance, if Bet 365 are paying five places, your horse must finish at least fifth to win

4) What does NRNB stand for?

Throughout this article we recently refer to ‘NRNB’. It stands for ‘non runner no bet’, and means if the horse doesn’t run in the race, you receive your money back. This may sound fair, but normally in ante post betting, you would lose your stake even if the horse does not compete.

5) What does ante post mean?

This refers to betting on the Grand National in advance of the day.

6) What does best odds guaranteed (BOG) mean?

The odds can back a horse at has the potential to change a lot. Almost all bookmakers will offer best odds guaranteed for the Grand National, meaning that if the starting price (SP) is a better price than the odds you backed it at, if you win, the bookmaker will pay you out at the bigger SP price.


Here is a list of the bookmakers which have withdrawn their offers so far:

There are various reasons why bookmakers decide to withdraw their offers. It’s the busiest day of the year for them, so just keeping their site live is their number one priority. Around 75% of the offers will be withdrawn either the day before or on the day itself. When they withdraw, we’ll add it to the list below.

  • Ladbrokes
  • Bet Victor
  • SkyBet
  • Betway
  • Betfred