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Grand National Betting Odds 2018
5.15pm Saturday April 7 2018; TV Schedule: live on ITV; 4m 2f; click best odds in bold to visit bookie; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4.
|One For Arthur||16/1||16/1||16/1||16/1||16/1||16/1||16/1||16/1|
|Cause Of Causes||20/1||25/1||33/1||25/1||25/1||20/1||33/1||25/1|
|Bless The Wings||40/1|
|The Last Samuri||50/1||40/1||40/1||40/1||40/1||50/1|
|The Young Master||50/1|
|Vieux Lion Rouge||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||40/1||33/1|
|More Of That||50/1|
|Gas Line Boy||40/1|
|Three Faces West||50/1|
|Alpha Des Obeaux||66/1||50/1||66/1|
|O O Seven||66/1||66/1|
|I Just Know||100/1|
Aintree Preview: Guide To 2018 Grand National Odds
This Grand National preview takes a look at the main contenders in roughly odds order and tries to pinpoint those horses with a major chance of lifting the famous Aintree prize today (5.15pm Saturday April 7, 2018; TV Schedule: live on ITV).
Of course the fact it is a handicap, with the entire field in the weights, does mean it is a very open contest and all the outsiders do have a chance. It is not like the races of 30 years and more ago, when the longshots were out of the weights (carrying more weight than they should have been). Because of the easing of the course and the changes made to the fences, lessening the risk of injury, the race attracts much higher quality steeplechasers.
In recent years it is a much better class of outsider that is running and the conditions of the race mean every horse in the Grand National starting line-up does have a big chance. Gone are the days when you could put a red line through half the field. There is no such thing a no hoper in this race nowadays. If anyone tells you otherwise then they simply don’t understand the handicap system and how the make-up of this famous Aintree race has completely changed in recent decades.
Vieux Lion Rouge is towards the top of the Grand National odds, having won Haydock’s Grand National trial quite comfortably on good to soft ground. He earned a rating of 155 for that run, but races off 149 here, so has 6lb in hand theoretically. He has been aimed at the race specifically by David Pipe, a yard (including when his father Martin trained) that loved a tilt at the big race and has hit the target twice before.
Vieux Lion Rouge had previously won the Becher Chase over the National fences. He has had two runs this season and won two major trials for the Aintree showpiece. He was seventh in the Grand National last year, so handles the fences, but looks an improved performer now. Little wonder he has his supporters.
Runner-up to Vieux Lion Rouge at Haydock last time was Blaklion. He could finish a whole lot closer this time around as he does have a 3lb pull for the few lengths he was beaten at Haydock. Also from a yard with a good record in the race, they have been eying this prize from a long way out.
Gas Line Boy was a well beaten fourth at Haydock and on form looks held by the other two. He fell at the first in this race in 2015.
Trainer Brian Ellison saddles Definitly Red and while his connections may never win a spelling competition, they could win this famous race. He came home a mile clear (well 14 lengths to be exact) at Doncaster in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase beating the solid and admirable yardstick The Last Samuri.
Definitly Red now looks very well weighted as he runs off 149 but has been raised to a mark of 159. That means if the handicapper could frame the race right now he would have 10lb more on his back, so it is easy to make a case for him. Looking through his form, though, there seems to be the suggestion that he strives on soft ground (as it was last time out). So his best form is possibly ground dependent. If it rains his odds will shorten, but it is often good ground at Aintree. Ellison has been issuing bullish soundbites.
As for the much-liked The Last Samuri, it may prove dangerous to dismiss him because of the ease with which he was beaten at Doncaster. He did start favourite that day and one excuse is that it was his first run for three months. He had previously been third in the Becher Chase (a race, as previously mentioned in this preview, that is run over the National fences) to Vieux Lion Rouge.
The Last Samuri was second to the now-retired Rule The World in this Aintree race last year, when he started an 8/1 joint favourite in the Grand National odds. The real problem for form students is that he is 12lb higher in the weights this year, so he does need to improve to win in 2017. That said, he can not be dismissed and while nothing is certain in racing, he knows the course and should give each-way punters a great run for their money at the least.
Trainer Gordon Elliott’s Cause of Causes, 8th in 2015 behind the ill-fated Many Clouds off a mark of 146, now races off 4lb higher. However he owes his position towards the head of the betting thanks to an easy victory in the cross country race at the Cheltenham Festival last month. Cause of Causes stayed on strongly to beat stablemate Bless the Wings by nine lengths.
Bless the Wings may also run in the Grand National and he would certainly have a chance, at much longer odds, to give Irish handler Elliott a second win after 33/1 shot Silver Birch (a ‘chuck out’ from Paul Nicholls’ all-conquering yard) won in 2007.
Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell, ably assisted by her partner, the ex-champion jockey Peter Scudamore, has a real live chance with One For Arthur. He won Warwick’s Classic Handicap by six lengths from Goodtoknow off a mark of 136 and the race certainly looked a great trial for this. It looked an improved performance and the official handicapper responded by raising his official mark 11lb to 148, which is what he races off in the big one.
The positives for One For Arthur are that he stays and jumps well. This Grand National preview is concerned that he may need soft ground to show his best, certainly there had been plenty of rain before Warwick. The jury might be out on that point. He has won and run well on good ground earlier in his career, but is he at his best on it? Connections seems to have kept him to softer going more recently and that fact in itself may be a negative if the ground rides on the good side, as we expect it might. Did they employ that policy by accident or deliberately? Either way, the yard has been giving really positive vibes about One For Arthur.
A glance at the form figures for More Of That is not encouraging, but that really does not tell the story. This is a class act, and he is up the top of the weights as a result. In fact only The Last Samuri carries more weight than More Of That. He has earned the dubious honour of being the second highest rated in the field (racing off 159).
In March 2014 he won the World Hurdle (now known as the Stayers Hurdle) at the Cheltenham Festival, beating the great Annie Power no less. In 2016 he started favourite for the RSA chase at Cheltenham but was 3rd behind the aforementioned Blaklion. More Of That had every chance of winning on his penultimate start this season, in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, but unseated when making a mistake at the last fence. Will a jumping error or two creep in around Aintree, where fencing is crucial?
His latest run was a very honourable sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (won by Sizing John). We believe he is crying out for the type of trip he gets here, the concern is the jumping though. That said, this course is easier to negotiate than in years gone by. More of That is trained by Jonjo O’Neill and owned by JP McManus, the combination that won in 2010 with Don’t Push It. They are right to have high hopes for More Of That and some money has been coming for him.
The Young Master is racing off a mark of 150, despite his official rating having dropped to 148. His form has not been world-beating this season but his most recent run was promising. He was sixth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival staying on nicely. What really encourages this preview about this chance is that all roads have been leading to the Grand National. It was only four runs ago that this horse won the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, one of the most competitive handicaps of the year. That was April last year and this may just be his time of year.
His amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen has a better CV than most professionals and a great winning record around the Aintree fences. The Young Master is trained by one, shrewd operator Neil Mulholland. If we were only allowed one each-way bet in the Grand National then it would be on this horse, The Young Master at around 20/1 in the Grand National odds.
Trainer Willie Mullins can never be dismissed lightly and he saddles Pleasant Company. He won the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last time out in late February. His previous fourth in the Thyestes Chase hinted that he may want the marathon trip that he gets here. He has done most of his racing, and winning, on soft ground. That is actually an oddity because his sire Presenting tends to get stock that can’t win on soft but love good fast ground. So the breeding suggests he will be fine if it comes up faster than he has met before. The bookies are taking few chances with Pleasant Company in the betting and this Irish raider must have a big shout if jumping round safely.
Another Gordon Elliott runner, Ucello Conti, runs for Ireland. He was sixth in this race last year and did make a couple of blunders. He runs off the same mark, so you might think he would need to improve to win. He was fourth, beaten less than three lengths to Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher Chase over these fences once again in December. Maybe with the extra course experience under his belt, he could do better this time around. Ucello Conti is another that can not be discounted.
Saphir Du Rheu was fifth (More Of That sixth) in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month. He actually has a pound pull with More Of That. So supporters of More Of That will also have respect for Saphir Du Rheu, who hails from the mighty Paul Nicholls’ stable. This will be the horse’s first sight of these fences and if he takes to them, then this is certainly one of the class acts in the field. Nicholls will be eager to add to his victory in 2012 with Neptune Collonges.
Another from the Nicholls’ yard, Vicente stays very well. He has already won a National (the Scottish) and ran respectably when 6th in Welsh Version at Chepstow just over three months ago. Vicente can not be ruled out. The yard also saddle Just A Par for young jockey Harry Cobden. Just A Par was well beaten last year, but on picks of his in-and-out form he would have every chance.
Saint Are was second to Many Clouds in 2015 and off a mark just a few pounds higher, does look good value at around 40/1. That is a big price for a horse that acts so well on this course. If you want a longshot, Saint Are could give you a great run.
- However this Grand National preview has to settle on one each-way betting tip. This is an unbelievably open race, but we particularly like the chances of THE YOUNG MASTER who should run well. Back him each-way and cross your fingers he gets a smooth run round. You will see his latest odds in the betting comparison table above, but at time of writing he is generally a 20/1 shot so we recommend you place your wager with the very best of the online bookmakers, Bet365.