Three Each Way Ante-Post Selections For The 2023 Grand National

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Mr Incredible 14/1

The first is the Willie Mullins trained Mr Incredible who has recently been seen racing at the Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase to a good level.

Showing now on two occasions this season that a step up to a trip on soft ground is what he needs, off a mark of 145 he could be well in for the National.

A staying on second of 13 at Warwick in January in the Grade Three Classic Chase on heavy ground, in the Kim Muir having been ridden out the back, he stayed on up the hill out of nowhere to grab third, only being beaten by less than six lengths.

He has raced to a fair level on good to soft ground but if the rain was to fall off his current mark of 145, he could be chucked in and at 14/1 that looks a fair each way price.

Gaillard Du Mesnil 14/1

Another runner from the Cheltenham festival that should be all systems go for the Aintree Grand National is the Grade One winner Gaillard Du Mesnil who is a serious stayer.

A Grade One winning novice hurdler/chaser, he has ran superbly in some big races placing in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase at the DRF behind Galopin Des Champs and then finished third again in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase behind L'Homme Presse last year.

He rounded our last term showing his true staying ability when carrying a big weight in the Irish Grand National and he ran well to finish third of the 27 runners.

This term he has been campaigned less with this race always in mind, starting at Fairyhouse in the Drinmore Novice Chase when chasing home Mighty Potter back in second and then at Leopardstown over Christmas he landed the first Grade One of his career over fences in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase.

Sent over 2m5f again at the DRF when last seen before the festival, he finished a staying on third behind Mighty Potter again just lacking pace at the trip.

Patrick Mullins got his was at the Cheltenham Festival stepping him up in trip for the National Hunt Chase over 3m6f and needing every yard he got up close home under a patient ride.

Third in the Irish Grand National last year, a proven stayer again this year and handling both good to soft and soft ground, off 11st he looks a serious player being in his prime at the age of seven.

Unibet are best price at 14s.

Roi Mage 66/1

One at a big price that could go close in this year's Aintree Grand National is the 11 year old Roi Mage for trainer Patrick Griffin, who if not going for the Irish National looks weighted to go close off 10st 8lb.

Another horse that would prefer it soft on 15th April having been a decent horse over in France in tricky conditions and since being over in Ireland has showed he enjoys soft ground.

Having first run of the season in November when third over in France in the Listed Grande Steeple-Chase-Cross-Country de Compeigne over 3m3f, finishing less than three lengths behind the winner.

Sent to Tramore on New Year's Day in the Grade Three Savills Chase, he ran a cracker when dropped back to 2m6f, finishing third behind two superb chasers in Minella Indo and Stattler.

Stepped back up in trip when last seen at Down Royal on Friday, he ran a stormer giving 5lb to Longhouse Poet, only to finish 1 1/4 lengths behind him.

The further he goes the better he will be and at 66/1 he looks overpriced in the market, with Longhouse Poet a general 14/1 and Roi Mage is better off at the weights.