Welcome to our Grand National tips page. The most watched race of the calendar and a race that seems to captivate the whole nation. So much so that bookmakers have got in to the habit of switching their infamous new customer deals off because they know people are looking to sign up to make their ‘one bet of the year’. Well if this is your one bet of the year or if you follow the racing calendar throughout you have come to the right place.
Our resident tipsters do not miss a trick all year. We make sure of this by getting them to place tips on our site each day to grow their popularity. Below you can find the views of some of our most successful tipsters on this huge race. Be warned though, the Grand National has a reputation of being that treacherous, that any horse is capable of crossing the finishing post first.
Grand National tips
The Grand National is not a race that serves me well but LORD WINDERMERE is a horse that owes me nothing. Having provided me with two of the biggest wins of my life, it’s true that ill always have a soft spot for him.
He is a past RSA Chase and Gold Cup winner and at 11 years of age he is relatively lightly raced and doesn’t have too many miles on the clock. LORD WINDERMERE 50/1 excels on better ground so providing the rain stays away i feel he can could run a big race. I was initially disappointed that Davy Russell wasn’t on board but who better to take the ride than the man who has won 2 of the last 3 Grand National’s in Leighton Aspell. LORD WINDERMERE has a lovely racing weight and runs off a rating of 146, 6lb lower than when he won the Gold Cup and 17lb lower than his highest mark. He ticks the stamina index box and although he was pulled up in last year’s renewal that was on rain softened ground off a 15lb higher mark.
My second selection is another Irish trained runner WOUNDED WARRIOR 66/1 for Noel Meade. He’s always been highly rated by Meade who has a little glint in his eye when speaking about him. This horse has plenty of back class and form that ties in at grade 1 level, i suspect the best of him is still to come. The winner of his sole point-to-point, coincidentally beating current second favourite Definitly Red in the process. He has a bumper win over grade 1 winner Kilultagh Vic and has filled the runner up spot behind Don Poli, Valseur Lido and Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. The piece of form that really catches the eye in relation to this race is his 9 lengths beating of last years winner Rule the World at Naas in 2015. At 66/1 you won’t find many others in the race with bits of form as classy as WOUNDED WARRIOR’s.
VICENTE 25/1 ew – Nicholls trained Trevor Hemmings owned won the Scottish National off a mark of 146 (winning strongly)
Not at best this year, hopefully it was a case of prep runs more than anything, back down to 146, hopefully goes well.
My 2 for the National –
DEFINITLY RED (12/1, Bet365) is my main fancy. If he takes to the fences he’s the best handicapped horse in the race in my view. Improving all the time and has a touch of class.
HIGHLAND LODGE (33/1 Betfair) has a 1st and 2nd from 3 tries over the fences. Looks to have been laid out for the race and should go close.
My two for the National
MORE OF THAT @ 16-1 (Coral)
Class horse in race for me and believe has been trained all season with this one race in mind
PLEASANT COMPANY @ 20-1 (Black Type)
Twi Irish connections and rarely runs a bad race. Looks the perfect National type
In a hard race to call on the best of days, it is always a struggle to choose just one or two horses. Looking for the value and finding a true prediction is often hard, but I’ve found two horses who I think can give it their all this year. BLAKLION (14/1 – Skybet) and UCELLO CONTI (20/1 – Coral).
BLAKLION(14/1 – Skybet)
Blaklion is a short as 11/1 this year and is being well backed. 2nd only to Vieux Lion Rouge in the 3m+ chase at Haydock in February and at a good age of 8, there could still be more to come from the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse. Hasn’t won chase for over a year but recent form shows he shouldn’t be too far from the front.
UCELLO CONTI (20/1 – Coral)
Not as well backed as Blaklion but can be found as low as 14/1. Has placed in 50% of his chase races including a 2nd place at Gowran in January before following that up with a 4th place at Naas. Certainly worth an each way bet. If there is a time and place for Ucello Conte to leave his mark, it is at Aintree in this huge race.
Like with course form at Cheltenham, I feel any horse that takes a liking to these unique obstacles stands them in good stead of running a big race, so I firstly look at previous runners over the course, then of course search for the real stayers. My first tip is UCELLO CONTI (20/1 – Bet365). He was a good 6th in this last year when possibly not jumping with much fluency on a few occasions, but was much better in the Becher this season, finishing 4th behind Vieux Lion Rouge & The Last Samuri – he’s better off at the weights now though. He has a similar profile as last year’s winner, Rule The World, a 9 year-old with no previous chase win under rules. Can lightning strike twice? – I hope so.
I’m not normally one for betting on the favourite of the National, but VIEUX LION ROUGE (11/1 – Betfair) still looks a good price. He too contested the race last year and was one place behind my other pick, in 7th. He’s since come back and won the Becher in a gutsy manner, before going on to win the Grand National trail at Haydock ahead of Blaklion. He galloped through the line powerfully that day suggesting he may be up to seeing out the trip this year and is currently a worthy favourite in my book.
I’m not a big fan of horses returning to The National having not won on their first attempt in the race and for this reason will look beyond prominent in the betting Vieux Lion Rouge, Cause Of Causes and The Last Samuri. One For Arthur can also be dismissed based on run style as he will need a lot of luck in running if ridden the same way as his Warwick Classic Chase victory. With a touch of class often being a positive in the race, More Of That certainly has that but I just can’t take a chance on his jumping. My two against the field therefore are BLAKLION and DEFINITELY RED. Both have that touch of class, are solid jumpers, will hopefully be ridden prominently and appear well weighted.