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Grand National odds: Guide to the leading contenders

All eyes will again be on Aintree on Saturday 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!


Blaklion to win

Odds: 10/1

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Form figures: 24-212

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, especially after a recent wind operation.

Again showed how well he can jump the unique Liverpool fences when a nine-length winner of the Becher Chase in December and can be forgiven February's distant second at Haydock on bottomless ground.

Twiston-Davies said: "We were very excited when he went for home last year, he probably went too soon, but it was nevertheless a good effort and demonstrated how much he enjoys Aintree and the fences there.

"We rode him with more restraint in the Becher Chase and that day the further he went, the better he looked."

Chances: Ticks all the right boxes and looks a worthy favourite in this year's Grand National betting market.

Total Recall

Total Recall to win

Odds: 10/1

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Form figures: 5-111F

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.

Was making headway when falling three out in the Gold Cup and owner Lar Byrne said: "He was running a great race, in my opinion. He still had something to give and the jockey felt he would have been involved in the finish.

"It was far enough out that he didn't have a hard race and as a result we're going to Aintree with a fresh horse."

Chances: A strong pace at Aintree will suit this attractive mover and he will feature in many Grand National bets.

Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll to win

Odds: 10/1

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Form figures: P-2P51

This eight-year-old's Grand National odds came tumbling down after his impressive victory in the cross country contest at Cheltenham.

That wasn't the first time he's risen to the occasion in a big race, having previously landed the 2014 Triumph Hurdle and last year's National Hunt Chase at past Festivals.

Can also boast a Munster National success at Limerick on his CV, with more than £300,000 prize money picked up altogether.

Chances: An enigmatic type who can be prone to jumping errors, but no doubting his talent when all goes to plan.

Anibale Fly

Anibale Fly to win

Odds: 11/1

Trainer: Tony Martin

Form figures: 591F3

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 fair value in the Grand National betting.

The Last Samuri

The Last Samuri to win

Odds: 16/1

Trainer: Kim Bailey (read his exclusive Q&A with BetStars News)

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 and looked full of beans when third in the cross country event at Cheltenham.

Chances: Has risen up the rankings since 2016, but will appeal to those who like course knowledge in their horse betting tips.


Seeyouatmidnight to win

Odds: 20/1

Trainer: Sandy Thomson

Form figures: /1P2-3

Will seek to become the second straight winner to be trained in Scotland and Greenlaw handler Thomson is steeped in Grand National history.

His grandfather bred and sold MacMoffat, who was runner-up in both the 1939 and 1940 renewals.

Seeyouatmidnight has shown himself to be a smart stayer, beating Blaklion in the 2016 Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham and finishing third in that year's Scottish Grand National.

Chances: Has only had one outing this season following an injury setback but connections have been "delighted with him" since that Newbury spin.

Gold Present

Gold Present to win

Odds: 20/1

Trainer: Nicky Henderson

Form figures: 2F-11P

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.

There were excuses for when he was pulled up at Cheltenham last month, as he broke blood vessels.

Chances: Has always enjoyed good ground and he should get that at Aintree, so will feature in plenty of Grand National tips.

Pleasant Company

Pleasant Company to win

Odds: 25/1

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.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Horse Racing