Grand National tips: 5 horses to back in the big one
With six places on offer with Betway, our tipster is on hand with his best bets to be in the thick of the action at Aintree.
This Gordon Elliot horse is the one I think has the best chance of winning.
He's versatile eight-year-old with plenty of experience, who should have no problem staying the distance.
That's proven by the fact that he's a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner, with victories in the Triumph Hurdle, Challenge Cup and, most recently, the Cross Country Chase this year.
Winners of that last race tend to have a good record when they then go for the National, with Balthazar King and Cause of Causes the most recent examples of horses that have gone close at Aintree.
This eight-year-old has some tasty each-way value.
He’s finished second in his last four races, three of which were big Cheltenham handicaps, including a loss by a neck to Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima.
Although he pulled up last year, he has progressed nicely over the last 12 months so should have no issues with stamina.
It would also be a great story if 16-year-old James Bowen – who became the youngest winner of the Welsh Grand National in January – could repeat the trick here.
ALPHA DES OBEAUX
Another from the Gigginstown Stud, this horse is looking for its first win since November 2017 having taken on some class horses in his last four runs, including Edwulf, Presenting Percy and Road To Respect.
But he is a decent jumper, who won the Clonmel Chase by 5½ lengths ahead of A Toi Phil and Balkos Des Flos, the winner of the Ryanair Chase.
Rachel Blackmore put in a gutsy performance on Arkwrisht in the Irish Grand National, and would have gone close if she hadn't been hampered by Bellshill at the last.
I think she'll be in the mix again here.
This horse hasn’t been in the best form having been pulled up in his previous two at Cheltenham, but he absolutely loves Aintree.
The 12-year-old veteran has ran in the National four times and placed twice, with a second in 2015 and third last year.
He also boasts a big handicap victory on this course over 3m 1f, though that was back in 2012.
Nevertheless, he seems to relish the occasion and looks a lovely each-way price here.
This outsider was very good in his last two runs – narrowly beaten by Wakanda at Doncaster in Janaury and being beaten by a neck at Newbury in December.
A big handicap chase victory at the latter last year also sits nicely on his CV, as does a second behind last year’s National winner One For Arthur over hurdles at Ayr.
The distance might be a slight concern.
But, nevertheless, I think he’s a huge price to give Paul Nicholls a second win in this race after Neptune Collonges in 2012.
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