A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Coral-sponsored Welsh Grand National is run in the Christmas holiday each year and has a rich history which makes it a popular betting event. First run in 1895, the Welsh Grand National is the highlight of the Welsh racing calendar and is the richest race in Wales with an increased £150,000 prize fund for 2017. The Grade 3 Steeplechase is run over a testing 3 miles and 5 furlongs at the undulating Chepstow racecourse.
Big races like the Welsh Grand National are important for the online bookmakers who see them as a huge opportunity to attract new customers, especially over the festive period. Offering 5 places each way across a race that features up to 20 runners is a strong attraction for value-savvy punters and drives new customer registrations. 2016 could well see the 6 places each way barrier smashed for the first time here at the Welsh National, so read on to find out who's offering 5 or potentially 6 places each way in 2016.
The Coral Welsh Grand National has its own mystique in National Hunt folklore. Chepstow is one of the hardest courses in the United Kingdom, with the Welsh National run over 3 circuits of the course which features a long, uphill back straight that saps energy. Add in ground that's often described as heavy and this truly is a steeplechase where the strongest, staying horses thrive.
Mountainous, trained in nearby Herefordshire by up-and-coming female trainer Kerry Lee, won the delayed 2015 renewal which took place on 9th January 2016 as the original meeting was abandoned. Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Burrough Hill Lad won this in 1983 under John Francome. Earth Summit, Bindaree and Silver Birch have all won both the Welsh and English Grand Nationals since 1997 and AP McCoy's only victory in the Welsh National came in 2010 with Synchronised - who went onto win the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
With anything up to 20 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers are only obliged to pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds. However the Welsh Grand National is so popular with punters desperate for a serious bet two days after Christmas that a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place, with 5 places available at the Welsh National with a number of firms. Naturally 5 places covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive your chances of success and profit in the race.
Welsh Grand National Each Way Places Tracker
We track the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long-shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years.
2015 Each Way Terms Offered:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 4 places each way in the Welsh Grand National from 2015 onwards:
2015 saw heavily-backed second favourite Mountainous win under the in-form Jamie Moore at 9/1. It was the horse's second triumph in the race following its 2013 triumph at 20/1 when Paul Maloney was on board. A truly magnificent performance out-staying the game Firebird Flyer who delivered a place at 25/1. Woodford County had started the day as big as 16/1 with online bookmakers and delighted a horde of punters who'd backed the horse with firms that had gone 5 places each way at 1/4 odds. It finished fifth of only six finishers at 12/1, giving savvy punters a 3/1 return for the additional place which wasn't provided by 888sport, Betway, Boylesports, Sportingbet or Unibet.