Grand National 2019 Preview


An enthralling renewal of the Grand National takes centre-stage on Saturday and we have two selections with analysis at each-way prices.

Tiger Roll’s claims are there for all to see after his win in the race last year and a wide-margin success in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time out, a race he won prior to last year’s success.

However, any value in his price has probably gone and, with more weight on his back this time around, it might be worth opposing the nine-year-old.

Pleasant Company – each-way @ 20/1

It’s hard to understand the price differential between last year’s winner and the runner-up who only narrowly failed to reel his Irish counterpart in.

Another two yards past the line and Pleasant Company would have won that day and he returns better off at the weights with Tiger Roll this time around.

Paul Townend takes the ride and while Rathvinden is seemingly the stable’s first-string, with Ruby Walsh booked to ride, Walsh often picks an unexposed type for the event.

Pleasant Company’s ability to act at this course is a huge positive to his chance. A finisher on both previous tries at this race, his jumping seems to get better year on year.

Willie Mullins arrives in flying form in recent weeks, running at a near 30% strike-rate, and his second-string makes each-way appeal at a big price.

Singlefarmpayment – each-way @ 66/1

At an even bigger price, Singlefarmpayment makes each-way appeal after another solid season.

He’s admittedly not easy to win with, often idles when hitting the front, but his ability to jump and stay isn’t in question and he had little chance from a poor position at Cheltenham when last seen.

While his better efforts have come on good ground in recent times, he won over three miles in heavy ground at Cheltenham in a hurdles campaign back in 2016, so the recent rainfall isn’t necessarily a concern and he looks overpriced at 66/1.

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