Grand National odds: Guide to the leading contenders
All eyes will again be on Aintree on April 14 and we're taking a look at the ante-post Grand National odds, with news and views on the leading contenders.
Whether you take a regular interest in horse racing betting or just like an occasional flutter, everyone loves to have a punt on the Liverpool spectacular.
BetStars will have Grand National live odds right up until the start of the world's most famous race and this guide will hopefully help some of our followers to pick out the winner!
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Form figures: 324-21
Travelled smoothly for a long way in last year's renewal and led into the home straight, before eventually fading back into fourth place at the finishing line.
The nine-year-old is expected to return a stronger individual and fully see out the marathon trip this time around.
Again showed how well he can jump the unique Liverpool fences when a heavily-backed nine-length winner of the Becher Chase in December.
Chances: Ticks all the right boxes and looks a worthy favourite in this year's Grand National betting market.
Last year's #GrandNational fourth and favourite Blaklion heads the entries for this year's @AintreeRaces contest-- Racing UK (@Racing_UK) January 31, 2018
10 each from Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins
6 each from Nigel Twiston-Davies and Paul Nicholls
Gigginstown with 11
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Trainer: Willie Mullins
Form figures: 05-111
Has made huge improvement since joining Ireland's champion trainer last summer, hacking up at Limerick and then landing some big bets in what used to be the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
The nine-year-old's shrewd connections took advantage of a lenient handicap mark over hurdles to land another nice prize at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival.
He was ultra-keen on the way round that day for Paul Townend, lost a shoe and also had to make his own running for much of the race, but still had plenty to spare at the line.
Chances: A stronger pace in the Grand National at Aintree will suit this attractive mover and he must be respected.
Trainer: Brian Ellison
Form figures: 1P-311
Was among the market leaders for last year's Grand National following an impressive warm-up win at Doncaster but was very badly hampered at Becher's Brook and pulled up soon after.
However, the gelding showed he had recovered from that setback when landing a Grade 2 contest over the regulation fences at Aintree in December.
Followed up by staying on strongly to claim Cheltenham's Cotswold Chase, a performance which had Ellison beaming: "That was brilliant. He's class, isn't he? He's just got better every year."
Chances: Still improving, seems just as effective on any ground and 12 wins from 23 races under rules is a fine record.
Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
Form figures: 2-4P4F
Represents the same owner and trainer combination that bashed the bookies when Don't Push It landed a record number of winning Grand National bets under Tony McCoy in 2010.
Don't be put off by some patchy form figures, as this enigmatic eight-year-old tends to only compete in top-class company.
Proved his stamina when winning the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016 and again showed a liking for the big occasion when a fast-finishing second in last year's Gold Cup.
Chances: Can be prone to the odd jumping error, but has a touch of class and should come home strongly if getting round.
Noel Fehily reflecting on Minella Rocco's second place in the Gold Cup: "He stays very well and finished well. It was a great run" pic.twitter.com/24ZU3Ib18X-- ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 18, 2017
The Last Samuri
Trainer: Kim Bailey
Form figures: 20-224
This 10-year-old has plenty of experience over the Grand National fences, with this set to be his fifth crack at these unique obstacles.
Was only caught on the run-in when an excellent second to Rule The World in the big one two years ago, after being sent off as joint-favourite.
Has also been placed in the last two renewals of the Becher Chase, so regular pilot David Bass will be more than hopeful of another safe passage.
Chances: Has risen up the rankings since 2016, but will appeal to those who like course knowledge in their horse betting tips.
Cause Of Causes
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Form figures: 0512-0
Battled on bravely when runner-up in last year's Grand National, coming well clear of the rest to chase home convincing victor One For Arthur.
Was also doing his best work at the business end of the contest when eighth behind Many Clouds in 2015.
Has been an absolute star for connections, with three wins and a second at past Cheltenham festivals helping him to earn well over £500,000 in prize money.
Chances: Will again be patiently ridden and look to creep into contention late on, making him a popular each-way Grand National bet.
RESULTS: The @RandoxHealth Grand National Steeple Chase, 5.15pm-- Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) April 8, 2017
1⃣ ONE FOR ARTHUR
2⃣ CAUSE OF CAUSES
3⃣ SAINT ARE
Trainer: Tony Martin
Form figures: 2-591F
Another to run in the colours of legendary gambler JP McManus, who loves having multiple Grand National bets going each year.
Has always been held in high esteem by connections and looked to be maturing well when landing a valuable handicap at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Suffered a heavy fall two out in the Irish Gold Cup at the same track but was still in touch at the time.
Chances: Doesn't have too many miles on the clock, so could still find more improvement and be a springer in the Grand National odds.
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Form figures: 419-0P
Followed up a gutsy success in last year's Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse by plugging on gamely to finish ninth in the Grand National under Ruby Walsh.
Would have been closer but for stumbling badly at Valentine's second time around when tracking the leaders.
Chances: Can also boast a handicap win at the 2016 Punchestown festival, so clearly the type which can be laid out for big races.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Form figures: 22F-11
Fell at the Canal Turn in last year's Topham Chase the day before the Grand National, but has bounced back in fine style this term.
Stayed on well to score at Newbury on his seasonal reappearance and then put in a fine leap at the final fence when following up at Ascot just before Christmas.
Chances: Has always enjoyed good ground and he should get that at Aintree, so will feature in plenty of Grand National tips.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Form figures: 9F1-2U
Already has two Scottish Grand National victories on his CV, each time making smooth headway throughout that Ayr contest before producing a neat turn of foot after the last.
Didn't make it past the first fence in last season's Aintree showpiece, but many horses have been caught out by the cavalry charge to that obstacle.
Chances: Likeable sort who has obliged at 16/1, 14/1 and 9/1 in his stellar career, so will appeal to those who chase value from the horse racing odds.