2018 Grand National Preview: Total Recall to land Aintree marathon success

Saturday 14th April. 2018 - 5:15pm Aintree - Randox Health Grand National

A star-studded field will head to the 4m 2f 74y start for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, and yet again we have a hugely competitive field in the Aintree showpiece, which will start at 5:15pm on Saturday afternoon. 40 horses will line up for the world's greatest steeplechase, and we will try to put you in the right direction when trying to find the winner of the National Hunt feature.

  • Six of the last ten winners have been priced 25/1 or bigger
  • Four of the last five winners have carried 10st 11lbs or less
  • Irish trainers have trained only one of the last ten winners

Saturday - 5.15pm OddsWon/LostBet
2018 Grand National Tips    
Tips Total Recall (win)    Best Bet @ 12 / 1  
The Dutchman (each way) @ 25 / 1  

The Favourites

Anibale Fly is heading the betting at 11/1 with Paddy Power, and was last seen finishing third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and if he can emulate that performance then has to be a major player at the top of the weights, but Blaklion makes a little more appeal than that Irish contender as the 12/1 shot with Betfair was a fine fourth last year, and is sure to be held back a little more in this year's renewal, and has to be the most solid each-way bet amongst the field.

Gordon Elliott won this race with Silver Birch, and he will aim to land this prize again with Tiger Roll, who was last seen bounding to victory in the Cross Country Chase, and at 12/1 with Betway is another leading contender, but it's the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall that makes the most appeal at the head of the market, and at 12/1 with William Hill is a cracking bet.

A fine winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury earlier in the season, this nine-year-old then was a facile winner over hurdles, before falling in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was travelling well when falling in the blue riband event at the Cheltenham Festival, and if he can bounce back from that tumble then could prove to be a cut above his rivals on Saturday, and off 11st 4lbs looks a cracking bet.

Others at the top of the market that are worthy of a mention are Seeyouatmidnight (16/1 with Betfair), who will relish the test of stamina, while Baie Des Iles has been the gamble of the week, and the 16/1 chance with Paddy Power will be aiming to hand Katie Walsh a win in the race, but that mare looks rather short now.

The Last Samuri (18/1) has decent form in the race, and is sure to put up a bold effort again, while Ucello Conti (20/1) is another interesting runner for the aforementioned Elliott, and is hoping to improve on his sixth placed finish in the 2016 renewal.

Each-Way Players

Six of the last ten winners of the Grand National have been priced 25/1 or bigger, so it's worth looking further down the odds list, and there are a whole host of runners that will fancy their chances of at least sneaking a place and Colin Tizzard's The Dutchman is the first one that makes huge appeal at 25/1 with Paddy Power.

A 13-length winner over Captain Redbeard (25/1) in the Peter Marsh Chase two starts ago, he failed to land a blow in the Haydock Grand National Trial last time out, but if he can bounce back from that effort then has to be a major player as he will relish the testing conditions, and along with Captain Redbeard could make the frame.

I Just Know impressed when winning the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick, and while this is tougher, he is one that will sparkle over these extreme distances, and at 25/1 with Ladbrokes is worthy of a mention, while Gas Line Boy (33/1), Regal Encore (33/1) and Pleasant Company (40/1) are another classy triumvirate lining up, and hold significant place claims.

Lively Outsiders

Mon Mome (100/1) and Auroras Encore (66/1) have shown in the last decade that huge outsiders can win this race, and there are some notable contenders at the foot of the betting and Virgilio (80/1) has a chance of running a decent race for Dan and Harry Skelton, while Childrens List (80/1) maybe the least fancied of the Willie Mullins-trained runners, but he is still lightly-raced over fences, and could be open to improvement.

Of the others, Saint Are (66/1) has been a regular in this race, and has made the frame before, so is one that shines at Aintree, with Warriors Tale (50/1) another lively outsider in what should be a sensational renewal of the race which could see the Irish land the prize with Total Recall, who can outclass his rivals.

2018 Grand National Odds

Posted: Friday, 13th April 2018
Author: Steve Chambo

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