Grand National Favourites runners 2018
The 2018 Grand National takes place at Aintree on April 14th at 5.15pm. The race is the showpiece of the annual three-day racing extravaganza from the Liverpool racecourse.
In total, 40 runners will take their place ahead of the gruelling four and a half mile race run over 30 fences.
150,000 excited onlookers are expected to be in attendance over the three days, with 600m watching the Grand National worldwide.
78 entries have already been made ahead of the 2018 renewal with that number expected to be whittled down to 40 ahead of the off.
But who should you be backing and why? We’ve picked out five Grand National horses you should keep an eye on ahead of the big race…
Now nine-years-old, Blaklion is probably entering his peak years and at a perfect profile age for a Grand National winner of this race.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ star was fourth here last year and is the current joint-favourite at odds of 10/1. There is no doubting Blaklion’s pedigree but there are niggling worries over his form in the last few months.
He looked superb at Aintree back in December winning the Becher Chase. However, he was beaten by Yala Enki at Haydock in a Grand National Trial in February and is reported to have undergone surgery.
At 11-6, he’s rated second in the weights and that could have a negative impact with a quality field expected.
Total Recall will be Willie Mullins’ great hope in this year’s Grand National. Mullins’ nine-year-old charge was travelling well in the Cheltenham Gold Cup before falling three out.
It was an encouraging performance from the former Sandra Hughes-trained star. He won on his previous three starts including the Munster National at Limerick and the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.
He’s joint-favourite here alongside Blaklion at 10/1 and has a decent weight of 11-1 to contend with. His main issues will be that he hasn’t raced at this course before and this will be his first time over fences.
Gordon Elliott’s eight-year-old was a winner once again at Cheltenham last month.
Having won the National Hunt Challenge Cup back in 2017, he also added the cross-country Glenfarclas Chase at this year’s festival.
Elliott has already won this race with Silver Birch in 2007 and will be confident of going close again with Tiger Roll.
With a weight allowance of 10-12, he certainly catches the eye. He’s got a lot of staying power and is at an age where he should have plenty more to give.
He does seem to enjoy softer ground – as his performance at Cheltenham will attest to – so connections will be hoping for favourable conditions once again.
After being pulled from the Cheltenham Gold Cup, trainer Jonjo O’Neill will be hopeful of a big run from his star Minella Rocco.
The eight-year-old will have to overcome a weighty history to achieve success in the Grand National, though. Should he win, he will be the first top-rated horse since the famous Red Rum in 1974 to win the race.
However, at current Grand national odds of 16/1, many punters will be enticed by his class. But he’s not won a race since the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival – and that will be a major concern for backers of form horses.
If the weather holds up and the going is reasonably good, though, connections are expecting him to go well. He’s definitely one to maintain an interest in.
Cause Of Causes
One horse that will be catching many a punter’s eye for this year’s Grand National is Cause Of Causes.
Gordon Elliott’s charge was second here last year and put in a mightily impressive performance. He races off a similar weight as last year of 11-01. And that will go hugely in his favour considering that in last year’s race, he was 4l clear of the field when you took out the winner, One For Arthur.
He was pulled up in the Cross Country at Cheltenham in March – a race which was one by fellow National contender, Tiger Roll.
He’s a little on the older side at 10-years-old but he still should have loads in the tank. And with plenty of experience and staying power, odds of 16/1 could be big by race-off.
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