Horse Racing Grand National By Jon Ivan-Duke

Grand National: Biggest Ever Betting Bonanza!

  • William Hill expect £200million to be wagered on biggest horse race in history
  • Up to 35million bets to be placed on the race
  • William Hill set to take 25,000 bets per minute at peak times – more than six times as many transactions as Amazon UK on Black Friday
  • Bookies fear gamble on last year’s winner Many Clouds, as he bids to be next ‘Red Rum’ with back-to-back wins

The UK’s number one betting event and the biggest horse race in the world  (watched by over 600million people globally) takes place on Saturday at Aintree. Bookmakers, William Hill, predict that the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National will top £200m in wagers across the industry, with more than 35m bets set to be placed.

Combined with The Masters, Champions League and Premier League football, other Aintree races plus various other sporting fixtures, the bookmaking industry is set to have seen £350million in bets come the end of the week.

“This is the biggest weekend of betting ever seen,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “The Grand National, The Masters and the football fixtures will generate the highest turnover levels on any weekend in history. It’s a betting bonanza.”

The fact that the Grand National starts an hour later than usual (5.15pm) is another factor contributing towards the predicted record betting levels.

“After a disastrous Cheltenham Festival, we’re hoping for a bumper Grand National,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “The later start time, after the 3pm football fixtures finish, should make it the biggest betting Grand National of all time.”

2016 Biggest Betting Events (William Hill Industry Turnover Estimate)

  • Grand National (£200m)
  • Euro 2016 Final (£50m)
  • Champions League Final (£45m)
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup (£35m)
  • The Masters (£35m)

Betting on the Grand National peaked at roughly 10,000 bets per minute across William Hill’s online and mobile channels in 2015, with over 25,000 bets per minute expected across all William Hill’s betting channels in 2016. At these levels, William Hill will conduct more than six times as many transactions as Amazon UK recorded on Black Friday.

In 2015, the average bet placed with William Hill on the Grand National was £5.29.

“The Grand National is the public’s race and we will see millions of once-a-year punters coming in to betting shops or downloading bookmaker apps,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

The Grand National remains one of the world’s most watched races, broadcast to over 140 different countries, with bets placed yearly from countries as far reaching as Vietnam, Lithuania and Fiji.

William Hill will be hoping for another big-priced winner in this year’s race – the last four years have produced winners at odds of 33/1, 66/1, 25/1 and 25/1.

Red Rum is the most successful horse, winning the race in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He was the last horse to win back-to-back Grand Nationals, but 2015 winner Many Clouds could emulate that success with victory in this year’s race. His jockey Leighton Aspell is bidding for an unprecedented three victories in a row, after also riding Pineau De Re to win the 2014 Grand National.

William Hill Odds – 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Chase: 7-1 Many Clouds, 10-1 The Last Samuri, 12-1 Silviniaco Conti, 16-1 Gallant Oscar, Holywell, Saint Are, Shutthefrontdoor, The Druids Nephew, 20-1 Goonyella, Sir Des Champs, 25-1 Boston Bob, Kruzhlinin, Morning Assembly, Ucello Conti, 33-1 O’Faolains Boy, Triolo D’Alene, Unioniste, 40-1 First Lieutenant, Just A Par, Le Reve, Onenightinvienna, The Romford Pele, 50-1 Black Thunder, Buywise, Gilgamboa, Katenko, On His Own, Rule The World, Soll, Vics Canvas, Wonderful Charm, 66-1 Ballycasey, Ballynagour, Double Ross, Hadrian’s Approach, Home Farm, Pendra, Rocky Creek, Vieux Lion Rouge, 100-1 Aachen, (RESERVES – 20-1 Bishops Road, 50-1 Perfect Candidate, 66-1 Knock House, 150-1 Maggio) (Each Way 1/4 Odds Places 1,2,3,4 – Non Runner, Money Back)