All eyes will be on Tiger Roll as the dual Grand National winner makes his long-awaited reappearance at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The popular gelding became the first horse since the legendary Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals last year. An unprecedented hat-trick was initially ruled out by connections but the lure of re-writing the history books has resulted in a re-think.
Injury Delays Tiger Roll Return
A setback has ruled the popular nine-year-old out during the first half of the season but it is now all systems go for the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham. Not surprisingly, Tiger Roll is the ante post favourite in the Grand National betting. He is already as short as 6-1 ahead of his Cheltenham run and an impressive win could see his odds shorten still further.
Last year he carried 11st 5lbs to victory, conceding 8lbs to Magic Of Light. Jessica Harrington trains the runner-up who is also on track for Aintree after easy victories at Newbury and Ascot. The mare started at 66-1 in last year’s Grand National but is down to around 20-1 to go one better.
Grand National Betting Guide
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Kimberlite Candy Advertises Grand National Prospects
Kimberlite Candy has emerged as a leading contender for the race. He chased home another Aintree hopeful in Walk In The Mill when second in the Becher Chase in December.
Tom Lacey’s gelding stepped up on that performance to beat Captain Chaos by 10 lengths in the valuable Warwick Classic Chase in January.
Walk In The Mill finished fourth 12 months’ ago and his victory in the Becher sets him up perfectly for another tilt at the big race. He also won the Becher Chase in 2018 so his Aintree record is impressive.
Irish Grand National Winner On Target For Aintree.
Many shrewd judges see Burrows Saint as a big danger to Tiger Roll. Willie Mullins trains the seven-year-old who landed a gamble in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. He has been given a light campaign this season, winning a minor hurdle under Rachael Blackmore at Punchestown in December.
Potter’s Corner is also in contention after his brave victory in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. The ten-year-old recorded an emotional victory when providing a rare Welsh-trained winner of the race for Christian Williams. He would love soft ground to bring his stamina into play.
Other familiar names in the Aintree Grand National betting include One For Arthur, Native River and Pleasant Company. One For Arthur won the 2017 National but has been plagued by injury problems since. He has shown encouraging signs this season.
Pleasant Company failed by only a head to catch Tiger Roll in 2018 and unseated Paul Townend four out last year. 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River would be an automatic top weight but is a brilliant jumper and has a touch of class. The 2020 Grand National will take place at Aintree on Saturday 4th April.