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2019 Grand National Tips

Join the experts at RacingTips for the world's most famous handicap. Our tipsters managed to tip the winner at 14/1 last season and they will publish their tips for the 2019 Grand National, along with any breaking news and developments, over the coming weeks.

2019 Grand National Entries

Tiger Roll hit the headlines last year as he clung on for a famous victory. Last years winner looks likely to make the return trip to Aintree to try and retain his crown and could be joined by as many as 21 of his bunkmates at Gordon Elliott’s yard. Irish rival, Willie Mullins came close to pipping Elliott the title last year and gallant runner-up, Pleasant Company has been handed another entry.

Of the British contingent, Nigel Twiston-Davies boasts the most entries, with Bristol De Mai headlining his list of nine-possible National winners. Colin Tizzard has thrown five of his top chasers into the mix, with The Dutchman, Sizing Codelco, Ultragold and Royal Vacation all penciled in to appear. The most interesting entry from the Gold Cup-winning trainer’s stable is Welsh Grand National hero, Elegant Escape. 

2019 Ante-Post Tips

Winners of the Kim Muir have often performed well in the Grand National. Ballabriggs triumphed at Aintree the year after winning at Cheltenham, with Sunnyhill Boy and Cause Of Causes coming away from the National second best just weeks after winning the Kim Muir. Last year, Warren Greatrex was jumping for joy as MISSED APPROACH saw off two dangerous Irish raiders in the Kim Muir and he could be an excellent bet in this year’s National.

Greatrex decided to give his chaser a sighter of the Grand National fences in the Becher back in December. A poorly-executed standing start saw Missed Approach left behind when the starter dropped his flag, but the nine-year-old dragged himself all the way to the front with a series of fine leaps, before fading in the final half-mile and eventually finishing sixth.

Missed Approach has twice finished second in four-mile races, most notably behind Tiger Roll in the 2017 National Hunt Chase. Greatrex will want to get another run into his legs before Aintree, but Missed Approach sure to enter the National at the peak of his fitness and the experience he gathered in the Becher will stand him in excellent stead. 

Full article and FOUR MORE ANTE-POST TIPS here...

Grand National Preview

The Grand National is the world's most famous steeplechase and every year millions of people flock to their local bookies to place a bet on their leading fancies.

The four-mile war is the most daunting punting puzzle on the calendar and finding the winner for Saturday's race is almost as challenging as the National course itself.  Every year, horse racing fanatics spend hours on end ploughing through the form on offer trying to get an edge on the layers in the ante post market only to see their horse shirk away from the gruelling marathon and the unforgiving Aintree fences.

The bookmakers estimate that over £100 million will be gambled on the world’s most famous contest. 

Grand National Trends

No race captures the imagination of the general public year after year quite like the Grand National.
Run over a gruelling 4 miles and 514 yards, with 30 intimidating fences to jump, it provides a spectacle like no other, with around 40 runners each year bidding for glory. The date of the first ever Grand National is widely debated, but generally accepted as being 1839, when it was won by the aptly named ‘Lottery’. 

Part of the appeal of the National is the seemingly never-ending supply of fairy stories regarding winners of the race. One of the most famous winners was Bob Champion in 1981, when he rode Aldaniti to victory. Two years previous to the win, Champion was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and given just months to live by his doctors. He defied them to be passed fit to ride Aldaniti (a horse that had suffered chronic leg problems through his career), and the pair went on to a victory that would later be immortalised in the film ‘Champions’ starring John Hunt.

There have been many 100/1 winners of the National down through the years, including Tipperary Tim in 1928, who won the National when every single one of his 41 rivals fell during the race. In 1967 Foinavon took advantage of a pile up at the 23rd fence to win at 100/1 (he was over 100 yards behind when the pile up occurred, but the distance allowed him to anticipate the trouble ahead and steer clear of it).

Red Rum is the most famous horse in the history of the National. Trained by Ginger McCain, he won the race an incredible three times (in 1973, 1974 and 1977), and finished second in the two years between (1975 and 1976). In more recent times, Ginger McCain’s son Donald won the race with Ballabriggs in 2011.

Another major component of the races appeal are the obstacles the horses cross during the race. The thirty fences are unique to the Aintree course, made of spruce instead of the birch found at all other racecourses. Many of the fences have names, and no two fences are identical on the course. Becher’s Brook is jumped twice during the Grand National, and stands at five feet on the take-off side of the fence. The landing side is notorious, as there is a drop of between six and ten inches more there. Modifications to the fence through the years have seen the fence made easier for the horses to jump, with the brook being filled in, and the drop being reduced by five inches on the landing side.

The Chair is the tallest fence on the course, at five feet six inches. The landing side is actually higher than the take-off side, and the fence is so called because a judge used to sit at this fence during the early days of the race. Ironically, Foinavon’s fence (where the big pile up occurred in 1967) is one of the smallest on the course, standing at just four feet six inches.

The course record for the National is held by Mr Frisk, who took just 8 minutes and 47 seconds to complete in 1990. Given the unbelievable spectacle that the field of 40 horses create charging down to the first fence, many are surprised to find out that an incredible 66 horses took part in the 1929 running.
Stamina is the number one requirement when looking for a National winner, as the trip is longer than the vast majority of races held throughout the jumps season. Solid jumping is also a must, and with such a big field, luck in running also plays a big part. The last mare to win the race was Nickel Coin in 1951. In recent times, the trends have changed regarding weights in the National. Historically, light weight was deemed essential for a winner, but the trend towards a classier type of animal competing means that winners since the turn of the millennium have carried weights in excess of 11 stone (including Many Clouds who shouldered 11st 9lbs).  

An estimated 600 million people tune in to watch the Grand National in over 140 countries, as the horses chase a prize fund of £1,000,000. Year after year, the Grand National is the favourite race for the ‘once a year’ punters, and the betting turnover is huge. The race becomes stronger and stronger every year, and there are few that racing fans anticipate more eagerly each season.

2018 Grand National Star Rating Guide

Tiger Roll was fancied by many – myself included – to win the Cross Country last month. Despite a slight drift in the betting on the day, Gordon Elliott’s charge delivered in style, jumping beautifully from the front of the field and powering down the home straight to capture his third Cheltenham Festival crown.

The former Triumph and National Hunt winner has tackled trips in excess of three-and-a-half miles on four occasions, with both his victories coming at Prestbury Park. Tiger Roll is an extremely tidy jumper and has experience here at Aintree to fall back on, having run in the Gaskells Handicap at this Festival back in 2016.

When searching for a winner of the Grand National, Tiger Roll fills every criterion you can throw at him. Stablemate Cause Of Causes finished second in the National after winning the Cross Country and, with just 10-10 to shoulder around the marathon trip, who’s to say Tiger Roll won’t go one better a week on Saturday.

Tiger Roll rating ⭐ 5 ⭐

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