Apr 9 2018
Grand National Tips and Betting Offers, Aintree, Saturday 14th April 2018
There is no bigger betting event in Britain than the Grand National which will once again draw in life-long racing fans and casual punters. The four mile, two and a half furlong handicap always makes for a superb spectacle and millions will have their eyes glued to the action at Aintree. Plenty of twists and turns are a guarantee in this intense test of stamina which pays out £500,000 to the connections of the winning horse.
Grand National Betting Tips and Offers
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Tiger Roll to win at 14/1 with Betfair
- Seeyouatmidnight each way at 20/1 with BetVictor
Historically this has not been a race eight-year-olds have fared too well in but there have been two winners of such an age in the last three renewals. Looking to keep up the trend of younger victors is Anibale Fly (12/1, Coral) and Tiger Roll (14/1, Betfair). The former put in a very solid shift during the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing third in the hugely prestigious contest. It was his win in the Paddy Power Chase however which really strengths his claim. Tony Martin’s gelding saw off 28 runners that day and this big field experience will serve him well.
Anibale Fly’s weight is a concern though as 21 of the last 27 Grand National champions carried 10st 12lbs or less. Tiger Roll will just fall within this cut-off point providing top weight Minella Rocco doesn’t withdraw. Gordon Elliot’s horse featured in a cross country chase at the Cheltenham Festival, showing plenty of stamina when winning the three mile, six furlong contest. He offers plenty of appeal especially when taking into account his four mile National Hunt Chase win at last year’s Festival.
Blaklion (12/1, 888sport) was the favourite to secure National glory last year but was left to settle with fourth place. A year older and with a trio of top two finishes under his belt this season, the bookies are sensing that this could be his year. Much like Anibale Fly however, his weight is a concern. When saddled with 11st 10lbs in a handicap at Haydock last month, the bay gelding had absolutely no answer to Yala Enki who stormed home by 54 lengths.
Each Way Options
Of course, this race has been no stranger to long-priced winners and backing a couple of runners each ways is strongly advised. The long-shot that most catches our eye is Seeyouatmidnight, a horse that finished third in the Scottish Grand National two years ago. He’s not featured much since and has only been out once this season. It was an unsurprisingly rusty performance at Newbury but being given a recent run out will do him the world of good ahead of this test. He has shown in the past what class he has, a 12 length win over Bristol De Mai a prime example, and a return to that level is a real possibility.
The final mention must go to Vieux Lion Rouge who finished seventh in this race in 2016 and managed one place better in last year’s renewal. With two solid National performances under his belt it’s hard to ignore the nine-year-old at odds of 33/1 with William Hill. He’s been far from his best this season, a fourth place finish in February his best showing, but the 2016 Becher Chase winner may be capable of upping his game here.