Randox Health Grand National Betting Preview

Randox Health Grand National Betting Preview

The UKs chasing elite head to Aintree to battle it out in one of the most prestigious races in the world…

It’s nearly Christmas Day, for racing fans anyway, as punters from across the world head to Aintree for what can only be described as one of the biggest lotteries in horse racing, The Randox Health Grand National. With 40 horses set to go to post, there’s always plenty of highs and lows for punters and that’s even before they’ve completed the first circuit of Aintree. In our preview below, we’ve given you a win tip, two e/w tips and a nice big outsider tip after our 100/1 tip last year, Gas Line Boy, finished a valuable fifth. Have a read and don’t forget to tweet us your thoughts in to @TWEnclosure.


Blaklion 12/1 – TO WIN

Form – 212

For our win tip we’ve gone for the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained BLAKLION. Fourth in last years National, this is a horse who absolutely loves Aintree. From his four runs there, he’s never finished outside of the places and in his most recent run he galloped away to a nine length victory in the Bechers Handicap Chase at the start of December. He was a disappointing second to Yala Enki last time out at Haydock but that run would have most definitely been seen as one to keep the cobwebs off ahead of the National. Another thing that plays into this 9-year-olds hands, or shall I say hooves, even more is that this will be his first run since a wind op, something which is proving to benefit horses a massive amount. Now off 8lbs heavier than his run in this race last year and second top weight in the race, the only thing that could potentially halt him is the weight however this is a horse that can never be written off especially around Aintree and with far bigger each way value elsewhere in the market, we reckon he’s worth a punt to win at odds of 12/1 with Betfair.


Seeyouatmidnight – 20/1 E/W

Form – 3

Our first e/w tip comes from the Sandy Thomson trained SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT. He made an encouraging performance in his seasonal reappearance at Newbury and connections seem very bullish. The horse certainly has huge ability having beaten the likes of Blaklion and Bristol De Mai, who on their day are top class. He also has a decent run at Aintree under his belt so should like the track. He looks to have good ‘national form’ too having finished third to Vicente in the 2016 Scottish Grand National. He has been lightly raced since and is still off a mark of 149, which was the same as when he put in the big run in the Scottish National. He definitely has a live chance off that mark and could easily put in a huge performance at a big price of 20/1!


Shantou Flyer – 50/1 E/W

Form – 2222005

For our second e/w tip we’ve gone for arguably one of the most consistent chasers this year and that horse is SHANTOU FLYER. Pulled up in last years Grand National after running into a fair bit of trouble, he’s finished second in his last four races which included the Ultimata Handicap at Cheltenham last month where he showed immense staying power up the Cheltenham hill to just get chinned by Coo Star Sivola. Now off a mark of 157, which is just slightly higher than the 156 he ran off in this race last year, he looks to be in with a real chance in this race, especially when you take into consideration that nine of the last ten Grand National winners have won off a mark between 137-157, a category Shantou Flyer just about fits in to. He’s currently best priced 50/1 with Paddy Power.


Virgilio – 100/1 E/W

Form – 08

Following our big e/w tip Gas Line Boy placing in last years National, we’ve gone for another this year and that comes in the form of Dan Skelton’s VIRGILIO. Third in last years Mildmay Novices Chase, the 9-year-old has an impressive record around Aintree winning three of his six career runs here. He has had a poor season so far this year finishing 8th on his seasonal reappearance and then getting pulled up last time out at Doncaster. Now off a mark of 145, he looks well treated considering he’s won off marks of 146 and 148 respectively. This is a new distance for him and he is an unknown quantity over the National course but we believe he’s well worth a small e/w bet.


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