It’s the Aintree Grand National on 6th April 2019, at 17:15pm. Millions around the world will watch the world’s most famous steeplechase, but really, what you want to know is… who will win, right!
I’m not foolish enough to say our selections will definitely win, but below are four each-way choices to land the spoils at tasty double figure prices.
Four Each-Way National Tips
The 2019 Aintree Grand National Handicap Steeplechase will take place over 4m 2f and 74 yards at 17:15 BST.
This one is trained by N W Alexander for an owner who has won this race before – Trevor Hemmings – and will be partnered by Henry Brooke. An overnight price of 18/1 looks attractive on one who has put in good performances over 3miles+ on soft ground. Stamina at this monster trip is an unknown at present.
We liked this one’s penultimate and previous run enough to tip at Cheltenham; and third in a high quality handicap chase was a good effort. A similar performance and a clear round could see a good return for each-way backers.
This one carries less weight than the previous selection – just 10-6 for the expert Irish trainer Willie Mullins. Partnered by DE Mullins for the big one, will need to put a blunder at Cheltenham (when travelling nicely) in the past over these big obstacles. Priced accordingly, you can take your chances at 66/1.
The next selection is also priced at 66/1, for trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey T J O’Brien. Pulled Up last time out in the Cross Country at Cheltenham, but we liked the performance when staying on strongly over these obstacles in the Becher Chase in December to finish third. A return to that form would be most interesting. Can’t have expended so much energy below par last time out, perhaps the powder is still dry for this long-shot.
If we liked Ultragold’s performance in the Becher Chase, then this one, who carries near bottom weight of 10-4 over this marathon trip for trainer Robert Walford and jockey James Best, should have us positively purring, after winning that one in fine style. Actually, we rate this one’s performances on the whole slightly worse than Ultragold’s – as does the handicapper – but odds of 25/1 overnight still seem fair. This one is less exposed, and has also done it on this course and these fences. Has to be considered a great chance.