We finished day 2 with 2 places and a win whilst we turn our attention to the Grand National 2018. It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for but I am a bit strapped for time at the minute so I am just going to discuss the favourites and some nice each way bets.
Saturday 14th April
Out of the favourites of Blacklion, Anibale Fly, Total Recall, Tiger Roll and Seeyouatmidnight I have to go for Anibale Fly. He arrives here with not much experience of Aintree but will cope with the trip, the field and the occasion. He finished 3rd in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham a few weeks ago with that form confirmed by Might Bite’s win in the Bowl on Thursday.
Anibale Fly’s decent form and being the right sort means he is my pick of the favourites.
Baie Des Iles has been a fan favourite recently but being only 7 years old I don’t see it. The mare started the week at 50/1 and I think the youth will show. She has experience in big fields and loves heavy ground but I feel the odds have fallen because it’s a female horse, female jockey and it’s a grey. There is a lot of positives there for people who don’t usually bet and that coupled with the stamina shown makes her an exciting option. Baie Des Iles definitely has the potential to win this race but this year might have come to soon.
As it’s the national though everyone wants some decent odds so if your looking for some good value horse that could be there at the end then pick from the below.
20/1 The Dutchman
Colin Tizzard has said this is the best chance he’s ever had at a National and although he has not had much look in the big race in the past he has had a few winners so far so you never know. The Dutchman started the week at 40/1 so he must have something in his favour.
25/1 Gas Line Boy
Finished 5th last year and won over these fences in December. Loves Aintree and we have seen a few winners already this week which have won based on Aintree from alone. Drying ground would be a bonus.
50/1 Carlingford Laugh
A little old but looks like a good fit for the National and the odds seem very high. He is sure to stay out the back for the beginning of race and pick up towards the end and if luck is on his side he will be in the mix on the home straight.
66/1 Saint Are
Had terrible form this season but has placed in the National twice in he last three years which proves he can do it. Sometimes that’s all you need but whether the stamina is still there is the worry. Could be worth a small bet at large odds.