Grand National 2018
At the latest declaration stage we still have 73 runners gunning for the massive Grand National prize this year, though in Blaklion we already have a relatively short-priced favourite at around the 10/1 mark. Whatever happens we will all have our opinions on what can win it and what can’t, but for some jockeys the next three weeks could be spent worrying over whether their declared horse will even get a run.
Take the popular Bryony Frost for example who has been booked to ride live outsider Milansbar. Frost’s prospective mount still needs another five horses of a higher rating to come out of the race before hers can get a run, the failure of which to happen would potentially leave her without a ride in Britain’s biggest race.
One jockey who definitely won’t be strutting his stuff at Liverpool is Jamie Moore. Moore has been found guilty under the non-triers’ rule having been deemed not to have given Kings Monarch every chance in a recent race and has been banned for 14 days, though punters are more concerned with the runners than the riders.
A look at this year’s Best Grand National betting odds shows a trend for those at the top of the market being among the higher rated horses carrying plenty of weight, something most punters used to avoid like the plague given the tough four-and-a-quarter mile trip and 30 fences but with betting guides available we will be able to whittle down our shortlists sufficiently before the big day. Punters can find some best betting offers on Freebets like Bet £10 and get £30 free bets by Coral or up to £100 in bet credits by bet365.
It’s not a big surprise to see Blaklion at the top of the betting at this point given that he won the Becher Chase over these fences back in December and has been aimed at the race all season. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the big one twice before with Earth Summit and Bindaree and knows how to get the job done.
The one for money in recent days has been Gordon Elliott’s Cheltenham Cross-Country winner Tiger Roll who stayed on stoutly to score at Prestbury Park ahead of another Aintree candidate The Last Samuri who came home in fourth.
One horse we shouldn’t forget about just yet is 100/1 shot Relentless Dreamer who was noted as an eye-catcher as far back as mid-December. Rebecca Curtis’ nine-year-old was noted to have run well despite the yard not going well and he in fact came out and won next time.
Current King of Cheltenham Willie Mullins is targeting Bellshill at the contest and having won the Bobbyjo Chase easily last time out his prep appears to have gone really well. That was his only race this season so far having previously shown his class when third to Might Bite in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in 2017 and he will prove very popular on the day. Punters can check the latest Horse Racing news on here.
Total Recall, Anibale Fly and Cause Of Causes are all among the long standing market leaders while Splash Of Ginge and festival winner Rathvinden have both come in for support in recent days with bookmakers reporting some large bets on the pair.