Crabbie’s Grand National Festival – Grand National
Saturday is one of the more special days in horse racing as the world comes together to bet on the most famous race of them all, the Grand National at Aintree.
With over 500 million viewers across at least 140 countries, the National is without doubt the most illustrious race in Britain.
At 16:15 on Saturday afternoon, this year’s 40 entries will begin the four mile, three furlong, 110 yard slog in a bid to make history and become the most talked about horse for the following year.
Grand National Favourite Betting
There are a number of big names in this year’s renewal, including last year’s third place finisher Teaforthree. He leads the betting this time round and is currently 10/1 with Bet Victor. Rebecca Curtis is confident going into the race and has good reason to be. Her 10-year-old is a reliable sort who jumps well and if he can run a similar race to last year, is sure to go close.
Perhaps the classiest horse in the race, Long Run can certainly not be ignored. A gold cup and multiple King George winner who has had a blistering career. He is certainly past his prime now, however this long trip could suit and see him bow out in style.
Tidal Bay is another of the huge names in the line-up. Now a 13-year-old, the consistent battler is sure to give it everything and will need a massive performance being top weight. He unseated back in 2011 but has ran a number of spectacular races since. Sam Twiston-Davies is on board and has won on him before. It would be great to see him make the places at decent value of 16/1 with Sky Bet.
Double Seven has to be fancied. The champion jockey AP McCoy is bidding for his second win in the national and this eight-year-old gives him every chance. A nice type who won five of six in 2013 and a big run is expected.
Paul Nicholls’ Rocky Creek is one I am very fond of since his second in the Hennessy. That was a big run and he proved he can jump and stay so at 18/1, there is plenty of value.
Philip Hobbs’ saddles Balthazar King who is sure to run a massive race. He likes to lead and is almost always seen near the front throughout, however last year he went off too fast and tired near the end. This time round, I believe it really could be his chance. Coming off the back of four fine wins, including in the Cross County at Cheltenham last month when he had Big Shu behind. He has already been backed in from 33/1 to 16/1 in places and there is a good chance he will go off shorter.
There are a number of decent entries who are currently 20/1 in the market and this could well be the price range of the winner on Saturday. There has not been a 20/1 winner since Bindaree won the race in 2002.
Gold Cup runner Triolo D’Alene won over these fences in the Hennessy back in November and is likely to go well under Barry Geraghty, who has had a great festival so far. Prince De Beauchene is another at the same price with William Hill and he ran well latest which is a positive. He has suffered setbacks the previous two years and it may well be third time lucky.
Both Burton Port and The Package are also 20/1 and both warrant much respect. The former has been running poorly since his absence, but cheekpieces seemed to help in his last race, where he ran well to finish second. He is weighted well and there is no reason why he will not run a big race. The latter is the first string for an in-form Pipe yard, who have had a brilliant month or two including Cheltenham Festival. He ran well in third at Cheltenham and is likely to improve. The only real doubt is that he was unseated in the 2010 renewal and his stamina is not proven.
Bet Victor are paying 6 places on this year’s Grand National.
BETS OF THE DAY:
TEAFORTHREE @ 10/1 with Bet Victor
BALTHAZAR KING @20/1 with Bet365
ROCKY CREEK @ 18/1 with Sky Bet
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