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5 Grand National picks: Which are the horses set to shine in the biggest race of the year?

08 Apr | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
5 Grand National picks: Which are the horses set to shine in the biggest race of the year?

The Druids Nephew has excellent credentials after his last showing, plus four other runners likely to impress in the main event at Aintree

The Grand National takes place on Saturday afternoon, with favourite Many Clouds looking to repeat last year’s success and become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back races.

Leighton Aspell is also trying to make history by becoming the first jockey to win the National for three consecutive years, following victories on Many Clouds and Pineau De Re.

And ahead of the most eagerly-anticipated race of the year, here is a look at five horses that could give you some tasty profit crossing the winning post.

16/1 – The Druids Nephew

The nine-year-old really caught people’s attention when he won the Grade 3 Handicap Chase on the first day at Cheltenham Festival in 2014.

Following that, he travelled beautifully in this race last year and was leading with four to jump before an awkward landing unseated Aidan Coleman.

Since that race, he struggled in rides at Wetherby and Cheltenham but last month looked much-improved at Doncaster.

A slight mistake at the 11th probably cost him victory that day but he still powered home to finish second behind The Last Samuri, and a similar performance on Saturday is more than possible.

22/1 – Morning Assembly

This is probably one of the form horses coming into the race.

In his 14 runs he has only failed to place once when he fell at Fairyhouse three years ago.

His record reads five wins, four runners-up, third on three occasions and a fourth last month in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

A horse proven to make you profit ridden by in-form Betway ambassador Davy Russell to boot.

40/1 – Le Reve

A horse that has shown a lot of promise but struggles to find consistency.

The eight-year-old claimed a commanding win at Sandown in February where he beat a lot of this year’s field, including Unioniste, Black Thunder and Ballycasey.

While other runners have had a long break since their last race, Le Revehas ran four times this year – winning once and runner-up once.

Trained by Lucy Wadham, in 25 runs he is yet to fall and has only unseated the rider on two occasions – which is very pleasing heading into the Grand National.

50/1 – Hadrian’s Approach

His form is not the most convincing, but this calmly raced nine-year-old has been improving over longer trips.

Trainer Nicky Henderson has a record of upsetting big races this season, most notably with Altior’s victory over Min in the first race at Cheltenham and Sprinter Sacre’s sublime performance in the Betway Champion Chase.

Stable jockey Nico De Boinville will be riding again with that Henderson upset factor, so this could be a long shot to keep your eye on.

66/1 – Black Thunder

The final horse is a nine-year-old with a good record and holds both victories and defeats to a lot of Saturday’s field.

Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen was only confirmed as the rider on Thursday after his father, Robert, bought the horse for £90,000.

He is a jockey who holds the record with six wins over the Grand National fences and always performs well at Aintree.

He was second in the 2011 race when he rode Oscar Time, and with five places on offer, this outsider looks excellent value.

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