Cheltenham Festival 2018 was a huge success with thousands of fans keeping an eye on the festival and placing numerous bets on their favourite horse. The conclusion of the festival usually means that the Grand National is just around the corner, and this year is no different. We’re rapidly approaching the race and fans can now use the Paddy Power Grand National betting site in order to place their bets on horses who they think have a good chance of winning the race.
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase winner Tiger Roll will be competing in the Grand National race this month. Tiger Roll was just one of the few horses which managed to finish first in one of the many races at Cheltenham Festival last month, and will be hoping to carry that momentum into the Grand National race at Aintree. The Last Samuri also competed in the same Cross Country Chase that Tiger Roll competed in, but ended up finishing 3rd. Like Tiger Roll the horse is considered as one of the favourites to win the race, but has slightly longer odds compared to others. Last year, the horse finished in 16th place, but in 2016 they only just missed out on first place, finishing second to Rule The World. The horse has gone over 2 years without a win. Could this be the race where their unlucky streak ends?
Another horse that competed at Cheltenham Festival which will also be competing in the Grand National is Anibale Fly. Although Native River won the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Anibale Fly managed a respectable third place finish, finishing behind Native River (1st) and Might Bite (2nd). Like Tiger Roll and The Last Samuri, Anibale Fly is also another horse that is considered as one of the favourites. Throughout his fairly short racing career, Anibale Fly has managed an impressive win percentage of 36.84%. After a very strong display at Cheltenham, it is very likely that Anibale Fly could record a victory. Rathvinden is another horse which performed reasonably well at Cheltenham and has an outside chance of winning the Grand National. The horse competed in the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Amateur Riders race at Cheltenham and ended up winning the race.
Outsiders such as Shantou Flyer and Vintage Clouds both competed in the Cheltenham Festival and will also be competing in the Grand National. Both horses competed in the Festival Handicap Chase on the first day on the festival, finishing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Although not amongst the favourites for the Grand National, their odds suggest that they could be a good outside bet. Other horses which are competing this weekend, but also competed at Cheltenham are Splash Of Ginge and Double Ross. Both horses are expected to struggle during the Grand National and it is unlikely that they will be challenging at the front. Splash Of Ginge competed in the Festival Group Plate race on the third day of the festival, finishing in second place. Elsewhere, Double Ross compete in the Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on the third day, finishing in forth place. Although they are unlikely to be anywhere close to first place, their performances at Cheltenham might give them the advantage over some of the other horses in the middle of the pack.