Grand National 2019 Betting Odds: Top Favourites Profiled Ahead of Aintree Showdown

Tiger Roll5/18/18/18/15/18/18/17/1
Burrows Saint16/114/120/120/116/120/114/116/1
Native River25/125/1-25/125/125/125/125/1
Magic Of Light25/125/125/125/133/133/125/125/1
Pleasant Company33/133/125/133/133/133/133/128/1
Anibale Fly33/133/133/133/133/133/133/128/1
Any Second Now33/133/133/133/133/133/133/133/1
Calett Mad33/1---33/1---
Ramses De Teille-----33/1--
Elegant Escape40/133/140/140/125/133/133/133/1
Vintage Clouds40/133/140/133/133/140/133/133/1
Walk In The Mill33/133/140/140/140/140/133/133/1
Missed Approach40/1---33/1---
Mister Malarky40/1--33/140/133/1--
Le Breuil40/133/140/140/140/140/133/133/1
Glen Rocco40/140/1--40/1-40/140/1
Top Ville Ben40/1---40/1---
Beware The Bear40/133/150/133/140/166/133/140/1
Lake View Lad40/140/1-40/150/150/140/140/1
One For Arthur50/140/150/140/150/150/140/140/1
Ramses De Teillee50/1-40/1-50/1--40/1
Sub Lieutenant--40/1-50/1---
Jury Duty--40/1-50/150/1--
Blow By Blow----50/1---
Total Recall--50/1-50/1---
Big River66/1-50/140/150/150/1--
Joe Farrell--50/1-50/166/1--
Give Me A Copper--50/1-66/1---
Cloth Cap66/1-50/1-66/166/1--
Blue Flight66/1-50/166/166/1--66/1
Potters Corner66/1---66/1---
Woods Well66/1---66/1---
Molly The Dolly66/1---100/1---

What’s not to love about this incredible sporting spectacle? A large field of talented horses putting their stamina and jumping ability to the test around the historic course at Aintree. Over 15m Brits have a wager on this cherished event each year, many lured by the long list of big-priced winners. Will we have another unfancied champion this time or will one of the leading contenders justify why they’ve been attracting so many bets?

Lion v Tiger

Once again (!) the Grand National remains a fully equine affair but there are two entries for this year’s race with feline-related names, Blaklion and Tiger Roll. Blaklion (12/1, Betfair) you may remember as being favourite for last year’s race but lacking that extra gear in the final stages, he could only muster a fourth place finish. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ horse was a beaten favourite too on his most recent outing, a three and a half mile contest at Haydock. He lost emphatically in the end, far from an ideal performance ahead of such a big race.

Tiger Roll (12/1, Unibet) faced no such problems on his last showing, winning a cross country chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The eight-year-old showed plenty of stamina to hold off 15 other runners in the three mile, six furlong contest. It’s not the first time he’s impressed over a long distance either. During last year’s Festival, Gordon Elliot’s horse was first past the line in the four mile National Hunt Challenge Cup despite blundering over a couple of fences. His jumping looked much last month though and he looks capable of tackling the obstacles at Aintree.

Total Recall needs a blockbuster performance

Many of you may remember the 1990 & 2012 films, Total Recall, but we have a different Total Recall looking to impress on our screens this time. Willie Mullins’ horse may well begin the race as the favourite (with best betting odds of 11/1 at William Hill) despite falling in the Gold Cup last month. He was fairing reasonably well until his tumble three fences from home, something which ended his three race unbeaten streak.

The disappointment at Cheltenham shouldn’t overshadow the progress the nine-year-old has made under Mullins. Since switching stables in September, the bay gelding has seen his official rating shoot up from 130 to 156. He’s put in some fine displays this season including a comfortable win in a Grade A handicap at Limerick and a narrow victory in the three mile, two furlong Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury. We predict he could go very well, although odds of 11/1 don’t offer masses of value.

Weight problems for Minella Rocco

Top weight this year goes to Minella Rocco (16/1, Ladbrokes) and the trends for this race suggests that this could prove to be an issue. The last horse to win while carrying the most weight was the sensational Red Rum in 1974, so becoming the next to do so will require a special performance.

It’s hard to see one coming from Minella Rocco who has endured a poor season, unable to push on from a second place finish in last season’s Gold Cup. He was pulled up at Cheltenham in November, easily beaten at the Leopardstown Christmas Chase and then fell on his return to the Irish track in February. He underwent wind surgery very shortly after this and is yet to feature since. It could be that the eight-year-old returns revitalised but our prediction is that his struggles this season will continue.

Are we entering an era for eight-year-olds?

Between 1994 and 2014 this race saw just one winner younger than nine-years-old but in the past three years we’ve had two eight-year-old winners, Many Clouds and One for Arthur. Could the age trends be starting to shift for this race due to less testing fences?

There are several younger contenders this year, the previously mentioned Tiger Roll and Minella Rocco plus Anibale Fly (at best odds of 12/1 with Coral on our live odds comparison). He too fell alongside Minella Rocco at Leopardstown but was given the chance to make amends in the Gold Cup. Despite being a 33/1 dark horse, the Paddy Power Chase champion performed strongly to finish third, showing plenty left in the tank during the final stages.

Also flying the flag for eight-year-olds are I Just Know (25/1, Ladbrokes) and Gold Present (28/1, William Hill). Class is an issue for the former who is yet to win a race higher than Class 3 standard. As for Gold Present, broken blood vessels prevented him from extending his winning run at the Cheltenham Festival. Nicky Henderson’s sole entry was running well in the Ultima Handicap Cup before injury struck but at least he has fully recovered from the problem now.

Return of some familiar names

There are several names on the racecard who have already had a stab at Grand National success. Four of the top six from last year’s race find themselves back in the mix, Blaklion being one of them but there are three others who we’ve not yet mentioned.

Third place last year was Saints Are (66/1, William Hill) but he’s not even been able to finish a race this year, pulled up on two occasions at Cheltenham. With absolutely nothing in the way of form ahead of this race, it’ll be a shock to see him perform well and we predict he’s best avoided.

Two places behind was Gas Line Boy, a 50/1 outsider who performed much better than anticipated. This year he’s trading at shorter odds (33/1, Betfair), largely due to a fine win on the Grand National course in December. Although it was only a two mile five furlong contest, the going was heavy and Ian William’s horse showed no signs of tiring towards the end.

Managing sixth in 2017, an each way place among some bookies, was Vieux Lion Rouge (33/1 with Coral on our odds comparison). He’s offered very little this season but trainer David Pipe pointed out that he is a horse that tends to show up for the big occasions.

Recommended Bets

Tiger Roll is one we can’t ignore following successive high class long distance victories at the Cheltenham Festival. Willie Mullins’ horse looks built for a test like this and with a good amount of chase experience under his belt, now looks like the perfect time for him to face this challenge. As an each way option, Gold Present looks exceptionally well-priced and Gas Line Boy is another who you will want to seriously consider.

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