The Grand National is easily the biggest betting race of the year, and at Tote it’s no different, with over £325,000 bet into the Tote Win pool for the most recent renewal in 2019.
Like betting on other races during the season, the Grand National is a bit different betting on the Tote compared to betting against the bookmakers.
For one, we often provide better value on your Win bets for the big race, with 39 of the 40 runners in the 2019 event being sent off at a bigger dividend than their official starting price.
Of course, only the horse that came home in front really matters for punters, but that’s OK, with Tiger Roll returning £5.20 to a £1 stake against his SP of 4/1.
That pattern continues as we roll back the years, with an impressive 12 of the last 15 Grand National winners paying more on the Tote than at SP.
Here are just a few notable examples:
2016: Rule The World – £44.50 vs 33/1
2015: Many Clouds – £32.90 vs 25/1
2014: Pineau De Re – £32.80 vs 25/1
2013: Auroras Encore – £133 vs 66/1
2009: Mon Mome - £158.40 vs 100/1
Tote Guarantee on Grand National day
Not only will the Tote dividend often pay more than SP for the Aintree showpiece, but should your winning bet return an official dividend that falls short,we’ll boost your winnings.
So with Tote Guarantee in place, you get all the positives from betting with the Tote without the risk of a lower dividend.
If we had been running Tote Guarantee in each of the last five Grand National and you had amazingly had a £10 Win on each of the winners, you would have returned £3,529 betting with Tote against £2,440 betting at SP.
Go one (or two) better with the exotics
While finding the Grand National winner is tough enough, picking out the first two, or even three home can yield fantastic dividends.
The Tote Exacta, where you are required to find the one-two at Aintree has paid more than the equivalent Straight Forecast with the bookmakers in each of the last 15 Grand Nationals.
Furthermore, in eight of those renewals, betting the Exacta with the Tote paid more than twice as much as the Forecast.
On a similar vein, the Tote Trifecta - finding the first three - returned an astronomical £68,670 to a £1 stake in 2018.
A five-figure return isn’t a rarity with 14 Grand Nationals since 200 producing such a figure.
The Trifecta has outperformed the Trifecta in 19 of the last 20 Nationals - meaning having a swing at the big exotics isn’t the worst idea.
Small stakes and big returns
For most punter’s they’ll lean on more than one runner in the Grand National, and if you’re looking to land the Exacta or the Trifecta, you’ll likely want a few stabs at things.
That doesn’t have to cost the earth though, with small stakes and big returns achievable when betting on the Tote.
Our penny line opportunities mean you can build a big combination of multiple horses with the need to spend hundreds of pounds.
For example, if you’ve shortlisted six of the 40 set to line up on Saturday, it would total 30 bets in the Exacta, while it would be 120 different combinations for the Trifecta.
The latter would be available for just £1.20 with our 1p lines, while the Exacta would require you to up your lines to 2p a go to ensure you pass the 50p minimum total stake.