As the Cheltenham Festival has been and gone, our attention turns to the Grand National. Last year, Tiger Roll did not only win the Cross Country at Cheltenham, but he went on to land the National at 10/1 under an excellent ride by Davy Russell.
History appears to be repeating itself, as Tiger Roll won the Cross Country at a canter this year and as a result, he’s now just 5/1 to win the Grand National once again. His odds are short for the mammoth race but with a clear round, he’s the best horse in the race by a mile and is a worthy favourite. It’s simply hard to oppose the nine-year-old, who is simply in the form of his life.
Grand National betting suggests that last year’s runner up, Pleasant Company, is currently 33/1 and his trainer has been prepping him ready for another bite at the cherry this time around. Two low key performances at Leopardstown and Gowran Park should be overlooked and there’s every chance of a place once again.
One For Arthur, winner of the Grand National back in 2017, made his comeback 20 months on in December 2018 and is also a 33/1 shot to win another National title. However, Tom Scudamore was unseated on that occasion and he doesn’t quite look the force of old. Yet, if he can recapture any of the form he had heading into the National two years ago, then the ten-year-old could outrun his odds.
However, another big priced selection and popular choice in the betting tips for Grand National 2019 is Give Me A Copper, who will give you plenty of value at 33/1. He headed the market for the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival but unfortunately fell and Nicky Henderson will be keen to give him a chance at redemption at Aintree.
Vintage Clouds appears to be one of Tiger Roll’s main challengers, having finished second in the Ultima to Beware The Bear. Owned and bred by three-time National winner Trevor Hemmings, the grey is a 16/1 shout and is definitely a worthy each-way bet.
The nine-year-old finished strong and was closing in on Beware The Bear all the time, which bodes well for his chances in the National, proving he has the ability to stay and last the distance around the unforgiving track at Aintree.
Colin Tizzard’s Elegant Escape is a 20/1 shot and his form coming into the race is very promising. He hasn’t finished out of the top three since October 2017, including at Aintree and Cheltenham as recent as January.
The six-year-old has had four runs this season, including winning the Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase, which makes him a main danger in the race to Tiger Roll and Vintage Clouds.