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Aintree Grand National Festival News and Reviews.

Aintree Festival Grand National

Aintree Grand National "Its Here!"

It’s nearly here again. The Grand National is about to be run again. The first race was run in 1839 and it is the richest horse race in Europe.

It’s a race rich in history, and one that survives to be the most watched race on TV in the UK, and the one that is bet on by most people. It will start at 5:15 on Saturday and shown on ITV.

The top favourite has not shifted one bit over the past weeks, although in a welcome boost to punters wanting the back Tiger Roll the odds have drifted out from 7/2 to 9/2 over the past few days. That may still be a too short for many to back.

Golfer and horseracing connoisseur Lee Westwood has provided his picks to the Sun newspaper. He had a very successful Cheltenham this year, so he knows a thing or two about this race as well. Like many of us, his picks are looking for some value from outside the circle of the main favourites, which would point to some each way bets.

He fancies 2017 winner One for Arthur (best odds of 25/1 on Bet2Go). This horse hasn’t had the best of times, not finishing its two races this year, but he feels it may be in with a shout in the lottery that is the Grand National if things are going well for him. His other value bet is Up for Review, even further out at 40/1. That would be a popular winner for the people who placed a bet on him.

And don’t forget our earlier tips, Pleasant Company, Rock the Kasbah and Vintage Cloud.

Get the latest bookmaker prices in our constantly updating odds table here. The odds are from the best in the business, such as Bet365, Ladbrokes, PaddyPower and loads more.

Aintree Festival Grand National

Aintree Grand National Update

The Aintree Festival is kicking off on Thursday. There are seven races on the first day, starting with the 13:45 Novices’ Chase, a Grade 1 race.

Most people’s attention however will already be turning to 5:15 on Saturday afternoon, when the biggest of all races of the year is run. The Grand National is an institution that is watched, and bet on, by millions.

There is always the question about how well the horses who have put in a lot of effort at the Cheltenham Festival, only a few weeks ago, will run here. The biggest expectation by far is for Tiger Rill to be the first horse since 1974 to do the double. The way he jumped over fences at Cheltenham in his win on the cross country chase. The odds on him, at best of 7/2 won’t suit many punters who still look upon this event as a bit of a lottery, such a race of attrition it is.

Many punters might be looking for more value on Each Way bets around the 20/1 level. Last year’s runner up Pleasant Company (20/1) for example, who will however be carrying an extra 7 pounds. Rock the Kasbah is another one at 20/1 who might do well. He should be fresh after a few months out.

One other horse we like is Vintage Cloud at 12/1 for a win. Having performed well at Cheltenham, this horse merits inclusion in your deliberations for an each way punt.

We’ll be putting our analysis over another set of potentials over the next few days.

Aintree Grand National Festival Preview

We’re only weeks away from the 2019 Grand National. On 6 April 2019 the Aintree racecourse will host the 172nd version of this magnificent event.

The event lasts 3 days, including Ladies Day on 5 April but the main event is of course the world-famous steeplechase. The action kicks off at 5:15 in the afternoon when the 40 starters set off under the roar of the crowd.

The antepost favourite has been last year’s winner Tiger Roll for a while now. It will have to get over the additional weight penalty, and the burden of being the previous year’s winner. Not since legendary Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 has there been a back-to-back winner.

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