|Horse||Odds To Win|
|Lake View Lad||14/1|
Tiger Roll Leads The Odds
No horse has won consecutive Grand Nationals since the legendary Red Rum in 1973/74, but Tiger Roll is being heavily tipped to do just that. Davy Russell steered the nine-year-old to victory last year and will be back in the saddle this time around, leading to Ante Post odds of around 7/2 on another triumph for the Gordon Elliott-trained thoroughbred. Tiger Roll is arguably in even better form in 2019 than he was going into last year’s race, having romped to his fourth Cheltenham Festival win last month.
If there are any doubts about Tiger Roll for punters, they are only really about his short price. A favourite has not won since 2010 and there may be more tempting odds elsewhere. He does have to carry an extra 6lbs this year and did tire towards the end in 2018, but he is the classiest act in the field and remains the horse to beat.
First Female Jockey Winner?
If history isn’t written by Tiger Roll, the big story could be the first woman to ride to victory in the Grand National. There are two female jockeys this year for the first time ever, with Rachael Blackmore aboard Valseur Lido and Lizzie Kelly partnering Tea For Two.
Both are outsiders at 66/1, but Valseur Lido performed well over the Aintree fences last year and has shown some encouraging signs in the Bobbyjo and at Cheltenham. Tea For Two’s best days are probably behind him, judging by results this season, but Kelly has rode winners at Cheltenham for the past two seasons and would be a popular champion.
Others To Watch
Rathvinden - The horse that would be favourite if Tiger Roll wasn’t around, Rathvinden looks to be the best contender from Willie Mullins’ stables. The 11-year-old underlined his credentials with a stunning run in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse and has been lightly raced in preparation for a tilt at the National.
Vintage Clouds - The third-favourite at around 12/1, Vintage Clouds is owned by Trevor Hemmings and is a good jumper who finished third in the Scottish Grand National. Trainer Sue Smith has played down the way he pulled up at the Welsh National and insisted he is in good shape.
Anibale Fly - Fourth in last year’s Grand National, third in the 2018 Gold Cup and third again at Cheltenham this season, Anibale Fly is a consistent racer who has been knocking on the door of a big win for some time now. He may be worth a flutter at around 12/1 if the going looks good on Saturday.
Lake View Lad - Another of Trevor Hemmings’ hopefuls, Lake View Lad has a wonderful record in chases, having finished in the top three in 11 of his 12 outings over the fences. Four of those have been wins and he seems perfectly suited to the National, although it is a step into the unknown as he has never raced it before.
Rock The Kasbah - Champion jockey Richard Johnson is back for a 21st shot at Grand National glory and will be fancying his chances on board Rock The Kasbah, who won a handicap chase at Cheltenham in November and has not raced this year in readiness for Aintree.
One For Arthur - The winner in 2017, One For Arthur was unable to defend his crown last year due to injury and has only started twice since then, failing to finish on either occasion. It would be a fairytale return for the 10-year-old to win again, but don’t get your hopes up too high if you get One For Arthur in the office sweepstake.
Jury Duty - Only one horse has ever won the American Grand National and then the Aintree National, but Jury Duty has the potential to become the second. He may be carrying less than 11 stone and performs particularly well on good ground, so stablemate Tiger Roll had best watch out.
Pleasant Company - He staged a thrilling comeback last year to almost reel in Tiger Roll and would have won if the race was a few strides longer. Pleasant Company’s form since finishing as runner-up has been steady rather than spectacular, but he clearly has the stamina to compete with the best.
Top Grand National Betting Tip
A challenging four-and-a-half-mile course, 30 fences, 40 horses and a handicap system where the best runners carry the most weight - the beauty of the Grand National from a spectators’ point of view is that almost anything can happen. From a punter’s perspective, that means there can be great odds to capitalise on. Tiger Roll fully justifies his favourites’ tag and will take some beating, but Lake View Lad and Jury Duty are both capable of springing a surprise and may be worth backing Each Way.