This year’s renewal of The Grand National is as competitive as ever with the Irish bringing over many top contenders as well as British trainers lining up some equally talented long distance chasers.
Last year’s winner Noble Yeats trained by Emmet Mullins will once again line up in the field and is currently 2nd favourite for the race at 8/1 with William Hill. Defending your Grand National crown has been done recently with Tiger Roll winning the 2018 and 2019, so punters may well be latching onto this key stat and backing the Robert Waley-Cohen owned horse to repeat the feat. The 50/1 winner of last year’s race was a massive price, the biggest since 2013 when Auroras Encore won the race at 66/1. The lightly raced Noble Yeats will be one to follow on Saturday, though others are preferred.
The current favourite for The Grand National is Corach Rambler. The Lucinda Russell trained horse is 13/2 with William Hill to land the top price, and couldn’t come into the race in better form. Winner of the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 3 Miles in both the 2022 and 2023 renewals, Corach Rambler is set for the longer trip over the Aintree fences to win the biggest price this weekend. Lucinda Russell has previously trained a Grand National winner in One for Arthur in 2017, so punters will look at this as a sign if they fancy this horse. At such short odds and no experience over the Aintree fences, others are more fancied.
Onto the main Irish challengers and Gordon Elliott has a few which are well fancied. Delta Work won back to back Cross Country Chases at Cheltenham and follows closely in the foot steps of Tiger Roll. The preparation couldn’t have gone better for the horse and at 10/1 with Bet365, this horse is likely to attract a lot of interest.
After winning The Irish Grand National, master Trainer Willie Mullins may well have the winner of this race with Galliard Du Mensil. Winning a key Aintree trial, the horse showed himself to be a likely stayer of over 4 miles, so is well thought of to go one step further and with a top jockey on board, will have someone with super skills to navigate the long trip and take the top prize.
A couple of horses at longer odds worth a mention are Longhouse Poet who was well fancied for last years race, will once again line up for another crack at the race. The horse was jumping really well but will need to alter the front running strategy this year and then can be a serious contender. At 16/1 with Bet365, this is a notable horse worth keeping on side.
|Corach Rambler||13/2 William Hill|
|Noble Yeats||8/1 William Hill|
|Delta Work||10/1 Bet365|
|Any Second Now||14/1 William Hill|
|Galliard Du Mensil||14/1 Bet365|
With 40 runners set to line up in The Grand National this Saturday, it’s worth looking at the best each-way odds to get the best return from your punt. Bet365 and William Hill are paying ⅕ odds on the first 6 places, so you will get paid out ⅕ the odds on the price of your horse if your horse finishes in the top 6.
Looking at our main picks; our win pick will be Delta Work from Gordon Elliott. The form lines are matching that of duel Grand National winner Tiger Roll, so at 10/1 with Bet365, this one is worth taking.
A couple at bigger odds taking on are 16/1 Longhouse Poet with William Hill. This horse is used to the Aintree fences and will be set to adopt slightly different strategy in order to ensure the 4 mile stamina test is met and the horse lands the top prize. This is our first each-way selection.
The final horse we’re recommending is Our Power trained by Sam Thomas and will be ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. This horse comes into the race in form and with a calibre of training stayers, Sam Thomas fancies this horse to be in contention this weekend. At 20/1 with Bet365, this is our each-way selection.