No horse race in the world captures the imagination quite like the Grand National, which is watched by an estimated 500 to 600 million people in over 140 different countries. The race itself takes place at Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse, with the now 4-mile 514-yard course infamous for its difficult fences such as Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn.
Of course, one of the world's most watched sporting events is also one of the biggest betting events of the year, and many punters like to have an ante-post flutter long before the big day, in the hope of getting-on at a much bigger price than their selection will go-off on the day of the race.
1. The Last Samuri
Last year's runner-up, The Last Samuri is currently priced at 16/1, and many punters will be taking that price in the hope that he gets his preferred good ground rather than the soft ground that prevailed in the 2016 Grand National. It will be amazing if he goes off bigger than around the 12/1 mark come race-day and his priced has dropped in recent weeks from 25/1. So, it may well be advisable to snap-up the 16/1 with Unibet now.
2. Grand National 2017 Betting Odds
The winner of the Grand National Trial was Vieux Lion Rouge (11/1), which became current favourite, after Minella Rocco has been announced not to run in Grand National. Vieux Lion Rouge finished seventh in the Grand National last year and has won the Becher Chase. It’s little wonder Vieux Lion Rouge is being talked about as one of the favourites for this year’s Grand National.
Other interesting runners include the 2016 Bet365 Cup winner The Young Master (20/1), who looks sure to be suited by the extra distance, and is also likely to be ridden by Sam Waley Cohen, who has an excellent record over the National fences. Then there's the 2016 Scottish National winner Vicente (25/1), who proved he handles 4-miles well at Ayr but finished seventh in the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February.
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3. Other Horses
J P McManus also has another interesting candidate in Carlingford Lough (33/1) but one horse which has attracted plenty of interest recently is Cause of Causes (14/1). This horse has already proved its stamina by winning the National Hunt Chase in 2015 and has recently dropped down from 40/1 in the betting. So, if you are tempted to back Cause of Causes, now is the time to do it, before the price drops even further.
Rule the World, last year’s winner, has been retired but trainer Mouse Morris still has some interest in the 2017 Grand National. His best chance of a back-to-back win comes in the form of Rogue Angel (33/1) and Thunder and Roses (33/1).
Willie Mullins currently has five horses scheduled to take part in the race, with Pleasant Company a tempting bet at 25/1. Other horses to look out for include UcelloConti (20/1), who’s trainer, Gordon Elliott, believes has his best chance of winning this year, having finished sixth in 2016. Foxrock (25/1) also makes an intriguing prospect, having won his last three races with Katie Walsh on board and he makes a great each way bet.
Finally, and a good potential outside bet is Perfect Candidate (50/1). Trainer Fergal O'Brien has announced his horse is in great shape ahead of the 2017 Grand National and won at Exeter in February. He is set to enjoy a racecourse gallop, in preparation for the big one on the 8th April.
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