The Aintree Grand National is unquestionably the world’s most iconic steeplechase. A 4 mile and 2 furlong race over some of the most challenging fences possible it has caught the imagination of the public. Everyone wants to back the winner of “The National” and Tote are here to help with five against the field:
- The Druids Nephew
Was still going well when coming down five out in the race last year. Races off a 9lb higher mark on this occasion but is a year older now and has had his entire season geared toward this race which wasn’t the case last year. Denis O’Regan gets on well with the horse and rides this course well finishing second in 2010 on Black Appalachi.
2. O’faolains Boy NON-RUNNER
Former RSA Chase winner that looks to appreciate extreme stamina tests, he ran well for a long way in the Gold Cup last time before being outclassed. His yard has hit form of late and he is a very interesting contender for Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Brian Hughes.
3. Triolo D’alene
Former winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup pulled up in this race last year, he seem to have had a good preparation this time around and is capable of running a huge race of this sort of mark. this would be a major boost for young jockey Jeremiah McGrath.
4. Sir Des Champs
Previously second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to Bob’s Worth, Sir Des Champs was off the track for over a year until returning this season with a win at Thurles. He has struggled in Grade 1 company since but is off an attractive mark here if the old fire still burns. Ruby Walsh is due to take the mount but will have to pass the doctor after two falls left him sore of Friday.
Has long been the apple of trainer Enda Bolger’s eye, he ran a very good race in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last time. He was staying on at the finish that day but this is a major step up in trip and his ability to stay this far has to be questioned. However he jumps well and could be very interesting if getting home.
Best of luck with all your bets and remember that Tote are offering 10% back on all bets on UK Racing this weekend. T&Cs apply, read more here.