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The Grand National is the most popular horse race of the year in the United Kingdom. Boasting a prize find of £1 million in 2017, the Grand National has become the richest jump race in Europe and continues to attract great interest from punters.
The race also ignites interest from people who never usually bet on horse racing throughout the year, with many placing their only annual sports bet on the Grand National.
The Grand National is contested at Aintree Racecourse and the 2018 race will be staged in April. The handicap steeplechase is contested over 4 miles 514 yards, with 30 fences for the horses to jump over two laps of the course.
Some of the famous fences include Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn and are considered tougher than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks.
The winner of the 2017 Grand National was One for Arthur, who was ridden by Derek Fox but who is considered the early favourite for the 2018 Grand National?
1. Bookies Favourite
Having won the race in 2017, it is little surprise to see One for Arthur as the early favourite to win the 2018 event priced at 17.00 with the best bookmakers. It is often the case that the previous year’s winner will be strongly fancied but you must go back to 1974 and Red Rum to find the last time a horse won back-to-back Grand National races.
Therefore, it would wise to look elsewhere and another great pick for the 2018 Grand National with Ladbrokes is Native River. Priced at 21.00, Native River did not run the 2017 Grand National but did come out on top in the 2016 Welsh Grand National. Native River also finished third in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, so there is much to admire about this horse, despite not taking part in the previous Grand National.
Grand National 2018 Winner (Antepost) - Best odds
Last update: June 01, 2017 07:29
2. Other Horses
Another horse who did not compete in the 2017 Grand National but is worth considering for the 2018 race, is Minella Rocco. Priced at 26.00 with Ladbrokes, Minella Rocco finished second in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup and was once installed as the ante-post favourite for the Grand National in the same year. Trainer, Jonjo O’Neill decided to concentrate on the Gold Cup in 2017 but Minella Rocco makes a tempting bet for the 2018 Grand National.
Cause of Causes, who was fancied by many to win the 2017 Grand National, should be back for another crack at the race in 2018. He improved on his previous Grand National attempt and is expected to be thereabouts again. Priced at 34.00 with Ladbrokes, expect Cause of Causes to be ridden close to the pace once more, with a good chance of finishing in the top three.
One horse which caught the eye in the 2017 Grand National was Blaklion, who drew clear of the pack after the third-last fence. He ultimately finished fourth, with many onlookers feeling he was sent for home too early. However, he took to the fences well and makes a good bet for the 2018 Grand National at 26.00 with William Hill.
Those looking for a good potential outsider should consider Premier Bond at 51.00 and Mall Dini at 67.00. Both horses performed well in the Kim Muir, with Premier Bond coming third and Mall Dini fifth and this suggests they have what it takes to compete over fences at a longer distance.
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