Grand National – Early Betting Preview


The Grand National is just days away. The world’s most watched race and also the most bet on racing event of the calendar year. Who will your money be on come Saturday?

With raceday closing in, the market is headed by the trio of Blaklion, Total Recall and Tiger Roll, all currently trading at 10/1 to win the big race. A case can be made for each, whilst they also have questions of one sort or another to answer.

Blaklion is making a second bid for glory in this race, seeking to give his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies a third career victory in the Grand National.

Last season he moved ominously into the lead at the fourth last fence but was apparently outdone for stamina by winner One For Arthur.

Blaklion has been firmly in the mix for this renewal since he won the Becher Chase over the National fences in December but will his stamina hold out over four-miles and two-furlongs.

Total Recall is likely to spearhead Willie Mullins’ assault on the race. He was an impressive winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury earlier in the season.

Last month he was running a decent race in the Gold Cup before his jumping let him down and he crashed out. He’ll have to jump better around Aintree, that seems a given, but Total Recall will appeal to many as being amongst the well handicapped horses in the Grand National line-up.

Cheltenham Cross Country winner Tiger Roll will be bidding to give trainer Gordon Elliott and owners Gigginstown House Stud a National double after General Principle won the Irish National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.

Tiger Roll is a gutsy performer and Elliott feels he will light-up when he sees the famous Aintree fences for the first time. Last month’s Cheltenham win also quashed any suggestions that soft ground will deter him.

The Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly finished a very credible third in the Gold Cup behind Native River and Might Bite and could still be a good mark for the National based on that run. He is rated 11/1 for Aintree.

After a big Cheltenham Festival for the lady riders, what chance a first female jockey will win the National?

Bryony Frost has been one of the sensations of the jumps season in Britain and has been booked to partner Milansbar on Saturday. Trainer Neil King has high hopes that he’ll go well and he’s currently available at 33/1.

Joining Frost will be Rachael Blackmore, last season’s Irish champion conditional jumps jockey, who is set partner the Mouse Morris-trained Alpha Des Obeaux as the trainer seeks a second win in three years, and Katie Walsh, who has already managed to finish third in the great race and is steering Baie Des Iles, trained by her husband Ross O’Sullivan.

Alpha Des Obeaux is 40/1 to win the National while Baie Des Iles is currently 28/1.

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