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2017 Grand National tips - Who the experts are tipping in the Grand National

The experts have their say on who they will think will win the 2017 Grand National.

We take a look through the world of horse racing media and bring you some expert tips for the Grand National this afternoon.

Alex Hammond 
(Sky Sports Racing Expert) - Pleasant Company (16/1 bet365)

Only run six times over fences and had just 13 starts overall. Beat Thunder And Roses in Bobbyjo Chase in February (a recognised trial for Aintree). Didn't enjoy heavy ground there, so Aintree conditions will suit. Mullins won the race with Hedgehunter in 2005 and great chance of winning it again.

Matt Chapman (ITV and AtTheRaces Expert)Ucello Conti (22/1 bet365)

French import who has long promised to land a big pot in the UK but has yet to do so. Finished fourth behind Vieux lion Rouge in the Becher keeping on well, and the extra distance here will be no hindrance. Certainly worth more than a second look, as although only sixth behind Rule the World last year made two hefty blunders that day.

David Yates (Horse Racing "Newsboy" for the Daily Mirror) - Vicente (25/1 bet365)

Vicente can make it a 'Fab Four' victories in the Grand National for 'Mr Aintree' Trevor Hemmings by beating 39 rivals for the world's greatest steeplechase on Merseyside this afternoon. Hemmings has seen his colours carried to success by Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and the much-loved - but ill-starred - Many Clouds (2015).

Brian Hughes, one of the finest horsemen in the weighing room, takes the mount, and Vicente's sound jumping technique and proven staying power make him the prime candidate for honours.

Frankie Dettori (Champion Flat Jockey) - Saphir Du Rheu (22/1 Coral)

He is trained by the Champion trainer Paul Nicholls, in Sam Twiston-Davies he has a good jockey and his owner Andy Stewart is my friend. 

Hugh Taylor (AtTheRaces Expert) - One For Arthur (16/1 Ladbrokes)

One For Arthur gets the nod here (In the Grand National) having shown his liking for the fences then, and went on to rout his rivals in the Warwick Classic Chase in his next appearance. 

Timeform Tips - Definitly Red (12/1 bet365)

Definitly Red's position at the head of the betting looks well and truly justified after his beating of last year’s runner-up The Last Samuri at Doncaster and he can end the run of big-priced winners with a historic victory. Vieux Lion Rouge has improved plenty since his seventh 12 months ago and can go well, while a strong Irish challenge is headed by Ucello Conti and Pleasant Company.

John Francombe (Former Champion Jockey) - Cause Of Causes (18/1 Ladbrokes)

He has a lot of class to win a race as demanding as the National.

Rob Wright (Racing Correspondent for The Times) - Rogue Angel (22/1 William Hill)

Mouse Morris, left, was celebrating after Rule The World landed last year’s Grand National and could strike again with Rogue Angel, who races in the same silks

Ed Chamberlain (ITV Racing Expert and Presenter) - One For Arthur (16/1 Ladbrokes)

I’d love two things for Saturday – to have been able to tell him I was presenting the coverage from Aintree and for a Scottish-trained winner to mark it. This isn’t just my heart ruling my head either. He’s been my fancy since an eye-catching fifth in the Becher Chase and he then won the Classic Chase in front of the ITV cameras at Warwick.

Lydia Hislop (Racing Expert and Broadcaster) - Blaklion (14/1 William Hill)

Back to his best when a promising second to Vieux Lion Rouge in Haydock’s Grand National Trial. Someone rightly sat on trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies’s hands during Cheltenham’s acceptance stages, so arrives here fresh. Strong chance of providing his yard with a timely boost to an attritional season.

Oli Bell (ITV Presenter and Sporting Life Expert) - Measureofmydreams (50/1 Ladbrokes)

He finished third in 2016’s National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, beaten by Minella Rocco and Native River, and ahead of Vieux Lion Rouge and Definitly Red. He’ll go up against the latter pair again (who are joint-favourites at 10/1) and while they have achieved a lot more this year, Measureofmydreams is five times the price. 

Generally, the profiles of a lot of Grand National winners in the past have been relatively unimpressive in terms of recent form and it would be no surprise to see this horse go well. You do need to hang your hat on maybe two or three runs in the last 12-14 months and I’m pinning my hopes on that National Hunt Chase form enabling him to have a big chance on Saturday.

Marlbrough (Racing Expert for the Telegraph) - Saphir Du Rheu (22/1 Coral)

His facile victory over much inferior opposition at Kelso in February – his first success for more than 15 months – has prompted a rediscovery of enthusiasm and form as he showcased with a fine effort in the Timico Gold Cup at the recent Cheltenham Festival. 

The level of that performance is far above anything he has achieved since his novice chasing days, when he looked a top-class prospect, and, at last,  he seems ready to fulfil that early potential.

Bob Champion (Grand National-winning Jockey) - Blaklion (14/1 William Hill)

His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies knows what’s needed to win a Grand National and he will be ridden by Noel Fehily who is a fantastic horseman.

A.P. McCoy (20-time Champion Jockey) - More Of That (20/1 BetVictor)

I like the form of the Gold cup and More Of That for me has been improving all season. He ran well at Leopardstown, he ran well in the Gold Cup. I think the Grand National is tailor-made for him and I think More Of That will win the Grand National.

Sam Turner (Racing Expert for the Daily Mail) - Vieux Lion Rouge (16/1 bet365)

Vieux Lion Rouge has outstanding claims to lifting racing’s greatest prize. A creditable seventh in the race last year when an immature shell of a horse, David Pipe’s gelding has filled into his frame and enhanced his incredible relationship with rider Tom Scudamore this term.

The partnership has continued to flourish with victories in Aintree’s Becher Chase and the Haydock National Trial, wins that have left the duo’s form figures standing at an incredible 11111133111211 when they have finished.



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