Tiger’s Still the King, But Grand Nat. Value Still Available
What a performance from Tiger Roll on Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham. Gordon Elliott’s long-distance specialist stamped his class all over the Glenfarclas Chase, which caused his odds to be effectively cut in half for the 2019 Grand National.
If you haven’t seen the race, check it out, as it will probably convince you that Tiger Roll will emulate Red Rum by becoming a multiple Grand National winner. The manner of the performance, during which Tiger Roll barely broke a sweat, suggested Elliott has him in peak condition for the Aintree showcase on 6th April.
Bookies, of course, reacted, and the best price available at the moment seems to be the 6/1 from Betfair, Betway and a couple of others. He is as low as 5/1 with some bookmakers, almost unheard of at this stage in the ante-post betting.
Such a short price will undoubtedly put punters off, despite Tiger Roll’s excellence. Indeed, there are other options out there, who perhaps offer a bit more value than the 2018 champion. Moreover, a host of Grand National free bets are available for the big race, allowing you some risk-free punting. We take a look at some of the best-of-the-rest below:
Rathvinden: Best odds, 14/1 Coral, Sportingbet
A tough customer, who has the stamina for the four-mile trek across Aintree. Rathvinden is trained by Willie Mullins – obviously a big plus – and has a Cheltenham Festival victory under his belt. 11 is on the upper end of the age scale for a National winner, especially as the trends have favoured younger horses in the last few years. But that shouldn’t rule Rathvinden out.
Elegant Escape: Best odds, 20/1. Various
It’s fair to say that Elegant Escape looks like a future Grand National winner. It’s just a question of whether he can do it as a 7-year-old. That won’t bother trainer Colin Tizzard though, as Elegant Escape looks the real deal. A good chance of becoming the first 7-year-old Grand National winner since the Second World War.
Note: he is due to appear in the Gold Cup (tomorrow at the time of writing) and that will impact his odds, and possible participation in the National.
Vintage Clouds: Best odds, 25/1, 188Bet
A big price for the runner-up in the 25-furlong Ultima Handicap Chase on Champion Day at Cheltenham, some bookies are as low as 12/1 on Vintage Clouds. Placed in both the Welsh and Scottish Grand Nationals in 2018, and effectively in his prime for this race at 9-years-old, expect Vintage Clouds to take plenty of money in the coming weeks. Those odds of 25/1 won’t be around for long.
Walk In The Mill: Best odds, 33/1, Ladbrokes, Betfair
Walk In The Mill was one of the darlings of the ante post markets over the winter, shooting down from about 66/1 to 20s after winning the Becher Chase in November. A couple of places in low-standard hurdles since that time have seen the odds drift a bit, but one shouldn’t read too much into those performances. In the end, you are getting a horse that has won at Aintree this season, and thus should be respected.
Lake View Lad: Best odds, 25/1, Various
Another whose has come into the reckoning after a good performance in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival. Lake View Lad was just over a length behind Vintage Clouds, and not far behind the eventual winner, Beware the Bear. A horse who likes to jump and has remarkable consistency, placing in his last 10 consecutive races. Aintree rewards consistent performers, something worth bearing in mind when looking at the tidy Lake View Lad