Who Will Start Grand National Favourite?
The Grand National is the biggest race of the season in the world of jumps racing, and there are a whole host of side bets for punters to get stuck into. This year we have a wide open betting market for the overall winner, but that is also the case in the race to start favourite for the big race.
Any number of horse in with a shout of claiming the coveted position of starting price jolly for the Grand National at this stage, with eight horses currently between 10/1 and 16/1 at the time of writing.
We take a closer look at all of the contenders to start the National as the hot priced favourite...
Vieux Lion Rouge
Travelled well in the race last year, and has improved bundles this term to win the Becher Chase and the Grand Trial at Haydock in very good style. Grand Stamina doubts linger but Grand National winning connections means he is sure to be popular with punters.
Smashed the field to pieces to win the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster last time out and at the weights, is thrown in in the wake of that result. Bare form enough to make him favourite but unfashionable connections might prevent that.
Cause Of Causes
Three time Cheltenham Festival winner who woin the Cross Country Chase last month in great style. Ran ok in the National two years ago but is sure to get smashed up by the Irish on Saturday morning. Every chance he could start favourite.
More Of That
World Hurdle win over Annie Power probably makes him the best horse in the race and famous green and gold silks always attract attention. Form of late has been only Ok but if he is anywhere near his best, he is another one well ahead of the handicapper.
RSA Chase winner who has the class and is sure to attract plenty of money. Connections deliberately swerved Cheltenham which is fascinating and trainer has won the National twice. Plenty of money expected for him.
One For Arthur
Name angle always proves popular with casual National punters which gives One For Arthur a chance of starting favourite on Saturday. Form good after his Classic Chase win and expect plenty of money from Sottish punters.
The Last Samuri
Ran a stormer to finish 2nd last season and that will be fresh in the minds of plenty of punters this weekend. Ran with credit again this season but has loads more on his plate.
Another Irish horse who is sure to be popular given that the names Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are beside his name. Won the Bobbyjo Chase, which is always a good trial, and as result, it would be no surprise to see his price contract before the off.