Many Clouds Out For famous Grand National Repeat
The talking will stop on Saturday as we settle down to watch the 2016 Grand National and some are already calling it the best race in recent memory. The field is packed full of top class horses this year and judging by the market, any number of these are in with a real chance.
The majority of the focus on Saturday will fall on 2015 winner Many Clouds (8/1) who will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum to win back to back Nationals. The Oliver Sherwood trained horse loved every inch of the trip as well as the fences last year and although he has top weight this time, he has been more than fairly treated by the handicapper which should see him go very close.
The Paul Nicholls trained Silviniaco Conti (12/1) might be the classiest horse entered this year though with two King George wins on the CV of the 10-year-old. He has failed at Cheltenham in the past but he looked in fine form recently when winning at Ascot and provided he stays the trip, he could well be right in the mix on Saturday evening.
The Druids Nephew (16/1) was travelling like a dream last year when coming down five out and has to have chance again, whilst other potential winners include Shutthefrontdoor who was 5th in 2015, and Saint Are (16/1) who chased home Many Clouds 12 months ago and seems to love the fences.
We have just one female jockey set for the National this year with Katie Walsh set to ride the grey Ballycasey (80/1) for Willie Mullins and they are likely to attract plenty of money as a result. Mullins also has Sir Des Champs (25/1), Boston Bob (33/1) and On His Own (50/1) entered up as he looks to continue his domination of the sport and all would have each-way chances on their best days.