The Bet Enthusiast service is in a strong trading position ahead of Saturday’s Grand National. The service is designed for bettors who like to get involved in several sports and our selections cover a variety of mainstream and more obscure sports. After a decent Cheltenham Festival we are looking to provide some winning bets for the Grand National and some of the other races at the meeting.
The National is the most watched horse race in the world in terms of television viewing figures. This year’s race will dominate the media coverage but there are some other great races in prospect over the days of the meeting and we will endeavour to highlight the best bets.
There will be no recommendations for the Melling Chase on Friday as this is a race that can be savoured without the involvement of a bet. Sprinter Sacre, Flemenstar and Cue Card are all due to run which will make this the most anticipated race of the meeting.
Sprinter Sacre is the highest rated jumps horse currently in training. The horse won the Champion Chase at Cheltenham by 19 lengths. However, that race was run over two miles and Sprinter Scare has never raced over 2 miles four furlongs, the distance of Friday’s race.
The Nicky Henderson trained champion is long odds on to maintain an unbeaten record over fences. Flemenstar is clearly a high class horse and more interest is added to the contest with the entry for Cue Card. That horse was an impressive winner of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham but has about 7 lengths to find on the favourite from form in last year’s Arkle Chase.
Imperial Commander and Cappa Bleu are our ante post selections for the National and we could add to the portfolio later in the week. Seabass was third last year and has a genuine chance to win and make Katie Walsh the first lady to win the race (other than Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet). Strictly on the book Seabass has a harder task this year so we may not see history made.
Imperial Commandeer was advised twice at 33/1 and the horse is now trading at a best price of 16/1 though as short as 12/1 with some bookmakerers. The top weight looks the most likely winner on the ratings and is now racing at more than two stones below his best form which was when beating Denman in the Cheltenham Gold Cup of 2010.
Cappa Bleu was fourth last year so clearly relished the conditions and handled the unique fences. He has a few lengths to make up on his best form but still represents a better betting prospect than On His Own, a horse that could start as the shortest priced favourite for the race for more than twenty years.
Back next Friday.