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No crowds and no Tiger Roll but this still leaves us a cracking betting heat for the world’s most famous steeple chase set to take place this Saturday.
With the final 40 runners declared for the Randox Health Grand National, it is time to start shortlisting those best bet possibilities.
We have selected four horses from various levels of the handicap including a shorter priced well considered entry, and a couple of established but short on recent form entries who arguably have the talent and could run big races at decent odds.
Finally, we have everybody’s favourite Grand National pick, the dark horse long shot outsider!
All odds provided by our partner firms: bet365, William Hill, Bet Victor, Betfred, Coral and Boylesports.
Best Each Way Offers
40 runners go to post which of course presents plenty of each way potential. Nearly all firms are unsurprisingly offering more than the standard 4 places. The best at the time of writing is listed as follows:
Coral are also offering the Fail To Finish promotion whereby all bets up to £10 will be refunded as a free bet if your horse fails to finish for whatever reason in The Grand National.
JP McManus has 7 entries for this year’s renewal and I think Kimberlite Candy trained by Tom Lacey is the best of them.
Lightly raced this season, he certainly ticks a lot of boxes for this kind of race and the most appealing factor is his Aintree record which currently stands at 2 seconds out of 2 outings.
His last appearance there was a decent 2nd to Vieux Lion Rouge in The William Hill Becher Handicap Chase where he stayed very impressively despite losing a shoe.
He is a progressive sort at the age of 9 and will appreciate running fresh, having not been seen out since last December.
Aintree form is always paramount, and this is our main selection.
12/1 with bet365, William Hill and Bet Victor (6 places each way)
This extremely well handicapped 7-year-old from the Denise Foster (formerly Gordon Elliott) yard arguably represents the best chance for Gigginstown after their dual winning hero Tiger Roll opted instead for the opening day’s Betway Bowl.
He ran a superb race behind the highly rated The Shunter (who was recently purchased by JP McManus for a considerable sum) at The Cheltenham Festival in The Paddy Power Plate.
He was not pushed too much up the Cheltenham Hill so should be plenty still in the tank although the lack of experience around the Aintree fences is a slight concern.
20/1 with Betfred (8 places each way)
Vieux Lion Rouge
This Aintree veteran stalwart is now reaching the twilight of his career at the age of 12 but he showed he had lost none of his zest and enthusiasm when he won the William Hill Becher Handicap Chase over these fences last December.
He followed that with a reasonable run in the Welsh National.
50/1 (Bet Victor) is a massive price really for a horse who knows his way around Aintree and could be a very exciting punt with good place offers.
Give Me A Copper
Paul Nicholls is finding his form again at Aintree again this week after a desperately disappointing Cheltenham Festival and although Yala Enki under Bryony Frost represents his main chance, I have always been a big fan of this strapping chaser owned by Sir Alex Ferguson although the horse has not fully fulfilled the potential that the stable though he might have.
His main problem is that he does not tend to see out his races despite always jumping well and travelling smoothly.
I think he is worth chancing once more and this time at very generous odds of 80/1 (bet365).
Farclas 20/1 with Betfred (8 places each way)
Vieux Lion Rouge 50/1 with Bet Victor
Give Me A Copper 80/1 with bet365
Please note all odds are correct at the time of publishing (4pm 9th April 2021) and are subject to change.