Crabbie's Grand National Sweepstake 2016
What better way to enjoy the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National than to have your own office sweepstake on the event. Many sites now offer a sweepstake kit for the event, so this year rather than produce our own sweepstake kit for the race, we decided to take a look at the different kits available and say which we feel are the best.
If you'll be having a bet on the 2016 Grand National, we recommend you open an account with BetVictor. For each-way bets they'll be paying out ¼ odds on the first 6 places. Imagine if your horse finishes 6th in the race, you'd be gutted if you'd placed your bet with a bookmaker who's only paying out on the first 4 or 5 places. Also for new customers they'll match the value of your first bet, with a free bet up to a maximum of £25. Most other bookmakers withdraw their free bet offers around the time of the Grand National.
2016 Grand National Sweepstake kits
3 page pdf file, although you only need to print the first 2 pages for the sweepstake kit. Page 1 contains all the horses names for you to cut out and put into a hat. Included on each sweepstake ticket is the horse name and number, age, weight carried, trainer, jockey and jockey silks. Page 2 provides a sheet to write down each player's name, next to the horse they've drawn out. Page 3 of the pdf provides pointers for picking the winner of the race.
Grand National Guide
5 page PDF file. Nicely laid out with the list of horses spread over 2 pages. Each sweepstake ticket includes the name and number of the horse, illustration of the jockey silk colours and a guide to the betting odds for each selection. They suggest how much to charge per entry and how to divide up the winnings between the top 4 finishers. The kit also includes a sheet to write down which person's drawn each of the horses. If you previously tried to download the file and it still had the runners of the 2015 race, make sure you hit refresh on your browser so you see 2016 on the front page.
As in previous years they put their 2016 sweepstake kit live before the final list of runners has been declared, but got lucky as all 40 horses have remained in the race at the final declaration stage. Their 3 page pdf file is split over 3 pages. The first 2 show the sweepstake tickets and include the name of the horse, trainer and illustration of the jockey silk colours. The 3rd page includes a list of the horses, with space to write down the name of the person who drew out each ticket.
Single page html file, split into 2 parts. On the left you can enter who picked what and on the right are the sweepstake tickets, which include horse name and number, plus jockey colours and a brief description of the horses chances in the race. When printing the file make sure you set it to print in landscape.
They have now updated their sweepstake kit to include the correct list of runners, so hopefully you held off downloading version 1. The 2 page pdf includes room to write the name of the person who picked each of the horses. Page 2 provides the tickets to be cut into squares that include the horses name and jockey silks.
Manchester Evening News
Three page pdf file, with the sweepstake tickets spread across pages 2 and 3. Each ticket includes the name of the horse, plus the number, jockey cloours, betting odds and a few words about their chances of winning. Page 1 includes room to write down who has drawn each of the horses.
Two page pdf file that on the first page has all the horses listed (in betting order rather than racecard order) along with the jockeys colours and betting odds for each horse. Page two provides space to record the name of the person next to the name of the horse they've drawn out. They also include ticket price and prize split suggestions.
Single page pdf file, with room at the top to write each persons name next to the horse they've drawn. The bottom half can be cut into 40 tabs, to put in a hat. Each tab includes the horse's name, number, jockey colours and betting odds.
Great British Racing
If you're print cartridge is running low, you'll be better off going for one of the other sweepstake kits, as they've gone for a very dark background for their kit and it takes up four pages. The first pages includes cut-outs for the first 20 horses and includes horses name, number, jockey colours and possible odds. Page 2 provides space to write the name of the person who's picked the horse, agian for just the first 20 horses. Pages 3 and 4 provide the same, for the remaining 20 horses. Make sure when you write down who's drawn out which horse, you write it in the correct place, as the names are shown reading from right to left on the page you write the names on. It's all a bit confusing really.
Not a lot of thought gone into producing this sweepstake kit. At least it doesn't look like they spent much of licence payers money producing it. Pdf file with the names of the horses split across 2 pages. The names of the horses are listed down the left of the pages, with room on the right to write down the name of the person who has drawn which horse. The trouble is once you've cut the horses names up on the left, you'll have no idea which horse the names on the right are linked to. You'll therefore need to print out a 2nd copy of the kit to note the names down on. You'll be better off using a sweepstake kit from one of the other sites.
Four page pdf file in support of people with sight loss. Page 1 gives instructions on how to play. Pages 2 and 3 provide a cutout list of runners (we suggest you don't stick to their dotted lines when cutting them out, or the race will be over before you're finished). Each ticket includes the name and number of the horse, plus jockey silks. Not sure where they obtained the list of horses from, as it's completely wrong. So despite it being for charity, we can't recommend you download this kit.
This one's at the bottom of our list for a reason (it's not very good). 2 page pdf file. The first page has the sweepstake tickets to printout. It includes the horse names and jockey silk colours. They include a number next to each horse, but they're not the correct numbers they'll be carrying in the race, so it's all a bit confusing. The second page is just a repeat of the first, with room to write the person's name below the horse they've drawn out.
OK Sky Sports was bottom of the list until we downloaded this one. Single Page pdf file where they cram all the sweepstake information, plus still find room to include a couple of reader offer ads. Looks like they've just scanned it in from their newspaper and have not really thought of how it can be printed. We had 3 goes at printing, including trying to scale it to fit a sheet of A4, but try as we might we only got the first 16 tickets printed.
Placing A Bet on The National
If you're having an each-way bet look out for bookmakers who are paying out on additional finishing positions
Normally In a handicap race of 16 runners or more bookmakers will payout each-way bets on the first 4 finishers. However for the Grand National many of the bookmakers will be paying out on additional places. The best of these is BetVictor who are paying out on the first 6 places, others will be paying out on the first 5. see our list on the righthand column of the page. It therefore makes sense to place your each-way bets with BetVictor, unless one of the other bookmakers is offering much better odds on the horse you want to back. Lets face it, you'd be pretty gutted if your horse finishes either 5th or 6th and your bookmaker only pays out the first 4.
Take advantage of a free bet
The majority of bookmakers withdraw their Free Bet offers for the day of the Grand National, so either get your bet on early or look for a bookmaker who is still offering a free bet. Again BetVictor comes up trumps here, they'll match the value of your first bet, with a free bet up to a maximum of £25.
See our Bookmaker Free Bet Offers page for other free bet offers.
Get the best odds on your bets
When placing your bet on the Grand National make sure you do so with one of the bookmakers who offer Best Odds Guaranteed. On the day of the Grand National, take the price on offer and if the SP is greater they'll pay you out at the bigger price. Note that BOG prices will only count for bets placed on the day of the National.