Blaklion Is The National Bet
The Grand National is the people’s race and the one day in the year when the man on the street goes to the races. It is the longest race in the calendar and still the ultimate test for horse and rider. The fences are more forgiving and in recent years there has been a reduction in the number of horses that don’t get round. In good ground it’s a tough assignment to finish but the degree of difficulty increase when the going is soft. There has been plenty of rain in the Aintree area so there will be a heavy ground National. That means more horses will be pulled up and a low number of finishers. The tip for the race is BLAKLION at 14/1.
The novices’ chase at 3.00 is a good opportunity for Petit Mouchoir. He is by some distance the best horse in the field on form over hurdles and fences. The tactics were wrong at Cheltenham where Footpad took advantage and Petit Mouchoir finished third. That was still a reasonable effort in the context of today’s race so PETIT MOUCHOIR should be backed at 8/15 with Ladbrokes. The stayers’ hurdle gives SAM SPINNER a chance to make up for not winning at Cheltenham and the best price is 6/4 with bet365. It’s then the greatest race in the world.
There are three live matches in the Premier League today so it will be a betting bonanza. Liverpool begin their home fixture with Bournemouth at 5.30 which is 15 minutes after the Grand National starting time. The race is the most watched in the world so you would hope for a good race with no casualties. There could be less than 10 finishers but hopefully one of those will be Blaklion and the horse will be the first past the finishing post.