The Grand National in April may seem a long way off as the 2017/18 national hunt season in the UK and Ireland has just got underway, however, now is a fantastic time to spot some value in the market for the most famous steeplechase in the world.
Here is a look at the best bets for the 2018 contest which is set to be the 171st official running of the race at Aintree.
Blaklion Can Lean On Experience Of 2017.
Blaklion Can Roar To Aintree Success?
When Blaklion hit the front during the 2017 renewal of the Grand National which was won by One For Arthur, connections must have got very excited as he looked to be travelling perfectly. Sadly for those associated with the horse, he just didn’t quite see out the trip as well as the three runners who finished ahead of him. Racing enthusiasts looking back at the race back in April will find that Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner was very comfortable with the bigger fences at the Merseyside track.
The experience he picked up will stand him in good stead for another shot at the contest at the back end of the campaign. The eight-year-old recently made his seasonal reappearance in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby where he was denied by less than a length by Bristol De Mai. The former RSA Chase winner looked in great shape for what could be a brilliant season for the talented chaser who could also be aimed for the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival. Blaklion is a top price of 25/1 in the latest Grand National betting odds for the race. He went off as the 8/1 favourite for the race in April and it would be no surprise to see him as the market leader when the tape is released in 2018.
Irish Grand National Winner Our Duke Enjoys Distance Races
Our Duke became a big contender for the Grand National next year when he was successful in the Irish equivalent of the race back in April at Fairyhouse. In what was his first attempt at a distance over three miles, he outstayed his rivals to prevail by an emphatic 14 lengths. The seven-year-old also won a Grade One novice chase last season so he is a horse with a lot of class. He’ll gain more experience this season in the three-mile division and by the time the Grand National comes around, he should be ready to have a big shot at the race. The gelding’s trainer Jessica Harrington has never won the Aintree contest, however, Irish horses do have a great record in recent years so this could be the latest name from Ireland to be added to the honours board. Our Duke is available at a generous 33/1 which is a big enough price to back each-way. A lot of firms do enhance place terms for the Grand National so the horse may only have to finish in the top six for you to pick up a return.
Blaklion 1 point win @ 25/1
Our Duke 0.5 point each-way @ 33/1