It seems crazy that bookmakers are offering odds on the Grand National 2020 so far in advance. Even crazier is that they opened the book on them as soon as the 2019 renewal was run. And straight in at the top went Tiger Roll. His ante-post odds of 8/1 are paltry especially as owner Michael O'Leary has stated he may not even return to Aintree in 2020. That clearly hasn't put the bookies off.
With such a long way to go until the 2020 Grand National, is it wise to even consider an ante-post bet? Well, that all depends on how confident you are that the horse you back will actually run. There are of course other betting options such as the Breeders' Cup that you could look at but if you want to stick to the National there are some things to consider. If you place an ante-post bet and your runner doesn't make it to the starting line, then you are out of luck and you will lose your bet.
But for those of you not put off by that, there are some contenders worth looking at. However, none of these horses are guaranteed to run in the race. It is assumed that they will get an entry but even up to the day before the race, they can still get withdrawn.
For now, the bookmakers are happy to speculate on who will be running in the Grand National 2020. Other than Tiger Roll, most are on decent enough odds with the majority priced at 33/1 or more. So for the purposes of this article, I'm going to skip over Tiger Roll and look at some of the bigger priced potential runners.
Burrows Saint – 20/1
Odds on Burrows Saint are quite low. He won the Irish Grand National for Willie Mullins in April but he is still only 6 years old. By the time the 2020 National rolls around, he will only be seven and history tells us that is not a good thing in terms of his likelihood of winning.
He may prove to be the exception rather than the rule but I think Mullins will be aiming for a potential Gold Cup run at Cheltenham instead. He may get an entry, but I don't think we'll see him line-up at Aintree.
Elegant Escape – 33/1
A really terrific runner who could do very well if he gets the chance. He was entered in 2019 and handed 11-04 by the Handicapper but withdrawn at the second scratching stage. At seven he was just too young anyway.
However, another year older and the 2018 Welsh National winner may be coming to the point where he can seriously contend. A lot will depend on how the coming season pans out.
Le Breuil – 40/1
Trained by Ben Pauling, Le Breuil is a very interesting prospect. He was the winner of the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham which is run over 3m7f so his stamina and ability to go the distance is really good. Although it should be noted that was also the first time he ever ran more than 2m7f so he surprised a lot of people.
He's a young horse but will be eight years old for the Grand National 2020, which is a perfectly winnable age. If he gets a few more distance races under his belt this season he could definitely hold his own at Aintree. His rating would put him at around 10-06 in the weights – also a bonus!
Vintage Clouds – 40/1
Vintage Clouds was well supported and backed in 2019. Unfortunately, the Sue Smith trained runner fell at the first fence and was out before the race ever really got going. So the following week he ran in the Scottish National where he placed sixth.
Vintage Clouds has a lot of fans being one of the few greys to make it into the Top 40 in 2019. If he gets another entry for 2020, I would expect support to be just as good especially with such high ante-post odds. Hopefully, he'll make it further in the race this time.
Takingrisks – 66/1
There really is a lot to like about Takingrisks. He was the winner of the Scottish National in 2019 which is run over 4m. And he won it by a decent margin of 4L. He is 10 years old with plenty of experience so he does tick quite a few boxes.
His big worry would be actually making it into the Top 40. He ran at Ayr of an OR of 135. That has since gone up to 143 on the back of the win but that would still leave him hovering on the edge of making it through. Bless The Wings was the last horse to make the cut earlier this year on a rating of 143 and he just eeked in.
If Takingrisks can get one or two decent races under his belt before the Handicapper issues the weights he could be ok. If he does make it in 66/1 is decent value.