Grand National 2019 Betting Tips
All eyes will be on Aintree this weekend for one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar – the 2019 Grand National.
A field of 40 horses will take on the ultimate endurance test as they look to claim one of the biggest prizes in sport with victory in the 4m 2½f steeplechase.
Last year, Tiger Roll just managed to hold off a late charge from Pleasant Company to seal a famous win around the fences of Aintree.
After obliterating the rest of the field in the Cross Country Chase earlier this season at Cheltenham, the reigning champion is heavily fancied to become the first horse since the legendary Red Rum to win back-to-back Nationals. Can he claim a rare Grand National double?
Here are our Grand National betting tips for the 172nd running of the race.
The main contenders…
Perhaps unusually for a race as open and unpredictable as the Grand National, this year’s race starts with a runaway favourite who arguably fully merits top billing.
If form is anything to go by, defending champion Tiger Roll (7/2) will take some stopping. The Gordon Elliott-trained nine-year-old started as a firm favourite at the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham back in March and repaid that faith with an emphatic 22-length victory, suggesting he’s in prime condition for a repeat of his 2018 victory this Saturday if everything slots into place for him.
A fly in the ointment for Tiger’s chances could come from last year’s fourth-place finisher Anibale Fly (10/1). Tony Martin’s charge looks to have a taste for the big stage, following up last year’s strong run at Aintree with an impressive second behind Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup. Back Fly to feature in the final shake-up.
Could Willie Mullins be on to a winner with Rathvinden (10/1)? The 11-year-old is a safe pair of hands over the fences and has the pace to hold off his rivals if he can manage to pull away in the race’s final stages. A light racing schedule of late could go one of two ways, but a stylish finish to win last year’s National Hunt Challenge Cup suggests he has the class to compete well here.
Elsewhere among the leading contenders, Sue Smith will be hoping Vintage Clouds (12/1) can follow in Aurora Encore’s footsteps and help her seal a second win in the National. Just edged out by Beware the Bear in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month, the nine-year-old would be only the fourth grey to win the race.
With eight wins in 20 outings, fellow grey Lake View Lad (14/1) also looks intriguing as stockbroker-turned-trainer Nick Alexander chases his first win in the Grand National.
The chasing pack…
Tiger Roll isn’t the only former National winner chasing another shot at glory in this year’s race. After one year away, 2017 champion One For Arthur (25/1) returns to the field for another go around the Aintree fences – albeit an extended absence suggests a repeat performance is unlikely, and he unseated his rider in his only two outings since his career high point.
Pleasant Company (20/1) made a last-gasp dash to the finish but just fell short as he came in second behind Tiger Roll last year. That run shows he has the stamina and pace to threaten, and after two Top 10 finishes in a row in this race, it would be foolish to discount his chances.
Step Back (22/1) could take one giant leap towards sealing his place in the history books if the lively nine-year-old manages to turn on the style this Saturday. A classy showing at Sandown last April where he pulled away from several other Grand National contenders in this year’s field suggests he could have a shot if conditions fall for him.
Walk In The Mill (25/1) should also whet the appetite after an impressive showing in the Becher Handicap Chase around Aintree back in December where he took a comfortable victory from Vieux Lion Rouge (25/1), but the runner-up that day also deserves a second look.
David Pipe’s 10-year-old has plenty of experience around these fences, also finishing ninth in last year’s National. It’s been four years since a horse over the age of 10 has won this race – can Vieux rewrite recent history?
Jury Duty (20/1) deserves to court attention with Gordon Elliott strongly touting his chances after a flawless run at Down Royal in March. If the going is good this Saturday, expect him to judge the fences perfectly.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Ballyoptic (33/1) loves a National after finishing second in last year’s Scottish Grand National and fifth in the Welsh at Chepstow over Christmas. Could it be third time’s a charm as he takes on Aintree’s fences?
The value options…
Away from the main contenders, there’s plenty of value to be had towards the middle of the field. In the most unpredictable of races, four of the last 10 winners had starting prices of 33/1 or higher – so don’t dismiss a leftfield option making a late surge.
Regal Encore (66/1) could be a reliable pick to reel in the leading pack and has National experience after finishing eighth in 2017. Expected to challenge last year before a late injury dashed his hopes, the wily 11-year-old looks an intriguing long shot to write his name into the history books.
Looking for some solid each-way credentials? Singlefarmpayment (40/1) has a strong record of staying while rarely setting the world alight. In a tight field, he could well place.
Finally, could top amateur Jamie Codd follow up two big wins at Cheltenham last month by winning the big one at Aintree? He guided Cause of Causes to an impressive second-place finish in 2017 and will be riding an impressive stayer in Mala Beach (50/1) this Saturday.
Odds correct at time of writing; final 40 runners TBC
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