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The Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase takes place at Aintree on Saturday 6 April, with a 40-strong field lining up to tackle the 30 famous fences over the famous 4m2½f course.
Can Tiger Roll become the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals?
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) April 4, 2019
Tiger Roll just held on by a head last year to secure the narrowest of victories for trainer, Gordon Elliott and jockey, Davy Russell. It was one of the closest finishes ever, with Willie Mullins runner, Pleasant Company, just being edged out. These two line up again and will be amongst the favourites this time, but Tiger Roll’s price is just far too short in such an unpredictable race.
Here, we look at who we think has a chance of landing the £500,000 prize, and offer our best Grand National tips for Saturday.
- Jury Duty
J: Robbie Power
T: Gordon Elliott
Jury Duty produced an impressive run to land a 3m2f race at Down Royal when last seen in March, beating one of his rivals in the Grand National, Mala Beach, by 6½L. That followed up a Grade 1 Hurdles win at Fairyhouse in October, to show just how versatile this runner is.
The only time he attempted 4m was at the Cheltenham Festival last year, when going off as the favourite in the National Hunt Challenge Cup Novice Chase, but he never looked a threat, which is a concern. However, a year on he arrives in form and we think has an excellent chance of a place.
1st Jury Duty 3/1
2nd Mala Beach 1/1 F
— Horse Racing Results (@Racing_Results_) March 16, 2019
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26 Step Back
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Mark Bradstock
Step Back won a big Grade 3 handicap chase at Sandown over 3m5f in April last year to show he has the stamina for 4m. That day, he won by an impressive 13L, beating Rock The Kasbah, who also runs in the Grand National.
He has only had two runs since then so arrives relatively fresh, and although not producing the same kind of performance as he did in April, he has an excellent chance of a place finish under the ride of Nico de Boinville, who had a great Cheltenham Festival and has already picked up a win at this Grand National Festival.
— Michael Harris (@mjyharris) April 29, 2018
Step Back is 20/1 with 888sport
- General Principle
J: J J Slevin
T: Gordon Elliott
General Principle was the 2018 Irish National winner in April last year, which was jockey, J J Slevin’s last time on board. He certainly has the stamina for this test but was pulled-up at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima Handicap Chase after blundering when making headway, before being hampered by a faller at the last.
Before that run, he’d produced a good third at Punchestown over 3m4½f, so if he can stay out of trouble and get round cleanly, he has a big chance of landing a place finish.
What a race! JJ Slevin guides General Principle home in front to give Gordon Elliott his first win in the Boylesports Irish Grand National @Fairyhouse.
— Horse Racing Ireland (@GoRacing) April 2, 2018
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- Vintage Clouds
J: Danny Cook
T: Sue Smith
The stamina of Vintage Clouds is not a problem and he was a 4L third at Ayr in April last year when last taking on 4m. Although he doesn’t have the natural speed over the larger fences and can lose ground when jumping, he will plug on and rarely finishes outside the top-three.
He arrives in form after a close second to Beware The Bear at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima Handicap Chase, but beat Lake View Lad and a few others that line up for this year’s Grand National. He should get round and has a great chance of landing a place.
Sue Smith confirms Vintage Clouds, a gutsy second to Beware The Bear in the Ultima, has run the perfect prep for the #GrandNational now
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 12, 2019
Vintage Clouds is 12/1 with 888Sport
- Walk In The Mill
J: James Best
T: Robert Walford
Walk In The Mill was upped to 3m2f to run the Grade 3 Becher Handicap Chase at this track in December, and produced an impressive, clear-cut win. He beat Vieux Lion Rouge, who also runs in the Grand National, by 4L under the ride of James Best.
That effort means he is only one of six previous winners at Aintree lining up on Saturday – two of the other winners have won the Grand National – so he enters calculations for a place.
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) December 12, 2018
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- Joe Farrell
J: Adam Wedge
T: Rebecca Curtis
Joe Farrell won the 2018 Scottish National in April, beating one of his Grand National rivals, Ballyoptic, by a nose. He re-appeared for two runs at Newbury in March this year, raising his game over 3m2f to finish a close second last time out.
He arrives going in the right direction, is relatively fresh, but seems primed for a big run under the guidance of Adam Wedge. He’s only just sneaked into the race, but has a big chance of landing a place at the very least.
— William Hill Racing (@WillHillRacing) April 4, 2019
Joe Farrell is 16/1 with Mansionbet