17:15 Aintree – Blaklion (BEST ODDS 12/1 with Betfair)
Blaklion was very unlucky when being hampered and bumped all over the shop in last year’s National. He’s looked a top quality horse since then, which is strange given that some horses are never quite the same after running the monster trip. He does stay the trip and will handle the ground no problem.
17:15 Aintree – Anibale Fly (BEST ODDS 11/1 with Betfair)
Anibale Fly defied all expectations when placing in the Gold Cup last time out at a big price of 33/1. He’s vying for favouritism in this one, which is no surprise at all. Willie Mullins hasn’t trained the winner of this race for over a decade, but his contingent look very strong this year and this is arguably his best shot at winning in years.
17:15 Aintree – Raz de Maree (BEST ODDS 28/1 with Betfair)
Whenever anyone brings up age trends regarding the big race before 17:15 on Saturday I won’t be listening to them. Trends and records get broken all the time in sport and racing. And besides, 13-year-old horses don’t usually come into this race with such good form. He won the Welsh national last time out, a race that 14 of the last 15 winners before he won it were aged nine or younger. He can smash the trends here at a big price.
17:15 Aintree – Total Recall (BEST ODDS 10/1 with Betfair)
I’m going for another Mullins horse here as well. Total Recall looked very good when falling in the Gold Cup and was beginning to make headway; sadly we’ll never know if he would’ve been able to challenge for a place in history. He’s got a jockey on board today who has won twice on him in recent times. He’s been aimed at this race for a while now and of all the things you can say about his trainer, he knows how to get his horses ready for the big occasions.
All prices correct at the time of posting.