Sometimes a sporting event comes along that unites a nation. The Grand National is by far the most popular betting occasion in the British racing calendar.



The excitement will be at fever pitch as the tapes rise and the 40 runners charge towards the first of 30 fences and it won’t stop until the results are posted. Becher's Brook, Foinavon, The Canal Turn, Valentine's, The Chair, Melling Road and so much more. History has been created on every part of the Aintree Grand National course as horses fly over the fences, running for glory. 

Did You Know?

  • The Grand National is the UK’s number one betting event, and the biggest race in the world – watched by over 600 million people across the world.
  • William Hill, the world’s biggest bookmaker, anticipates its total number of bets on the 2017 Randox Health Grand National will exceed 5.2 million.
  • Betting on the Grand National peaked at roughly 10,000 bets per minute across William Hill’s online and mobile channels in 2014.
  • The Grand National remains one of the world’s most watched races, broadcast to over 140 different countries, with bets placed from countries as obscure as Vietnam, Lithuania, and Fiji.
  • William Hill will be hoping for another big-priced winner in this year’s race – the last three years have produced winners at odds of 33/1, 66/1 and 25/1.

How the British Bet on the National*

  • Around 57% of the adult population have placed a bet on the Grand National.
  • 51% of those who bet will make their selection based on personal preferences (like the gardeners who cleaned out the bookmakers when Silver Birch won in 2007!).
  • 36% will choose by name (Party Politics' 1992 victory, just days before a General Election proved a shocker! As did the dual-named combination of Bobbyjo in 1999).
  • 17% make their selection by odds (very few selected 100/1 winner Mon Mome in 2010 or Foinavon’s win in 1964!).
  • 9% will leave it purely to chance and make a random selection.
  • And, contrary to popular belief, just 2% will pick because of the colour of the silks!

Historic Results

  • In comparison to today’s levels of turnover, Aldaniti’s fairytale win in 1981 cost the bookmakers more than any other winner after the public piled on in support of the Bob Champion-ridden chaser.
  • The shock 2013 winner Auroras Encore won William Hill more than any other result (£16.7 million).

* Findings produced from a survey of 2066 people conducted for William Hill by Populas Research Strategy.