The 2017 Grand National takes place on Saturday and for horse racing betting tipsters this is the biggest race of the year.
Forty horses will run in the Grand National seeking to biggest prize in British and Irish jump racing.
Rule The World won the 2016 Grand National for Mouse Morris in a wonderful ride over the jumps.
But who will win the Grand National in 2017? Let’s take a look at the bets horse racing betting tips and odds.
Grand National Favourites
VIEUX LION ROUGE is the 12.00 favourite to win the 2017 Grand National alongside DEFINITELY RED. Vieux Lion Rouge finished seventh last year and won the Grand National Trial this season, so he is definitely a horse to watch. Definitely Red may drop to favourite by the time the race starts, so any pre-race punters should back him now with this price. Definitely Red has pedigree — having won at the Cheltenham Festival under AP McCoy in his early years.
MORE OF THAT, however, is the more fancied runner for punters seeking a place. At 15.00, More Of That shouldn’t disappoint. He’s showed he can do it in the hurdles and won the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Will jumps be too much for More Of That and jockey Barry Geraghty? A conservative punter may look elsewhere.
BLAKLION has seen his price drop to 15.00 in recent days as punters side with jockey Noel Fehily’s comments that he wouldn’t ride any other horse in a National. Blaklion has lost to a few of the runners on Saturday but in the National form counts for nothing. He is by all accounts a good jumper.
Grand National Best Outside Bets
Further down the pack we have THE LAST SAMURI, who has always promised to deliver on the biggest stages and never quite got there. The nine-year-old has lost to more-fancied horses Definitely Red and Vieux Lion Rouge in his last two outings. The second there was at Aintree in December. At 17.00 there are better bets than The Last Samuri, who was runner-up in the Grand National last year.
SAPHIR DU RHEU, meanwhile, is a much more fancied prospect and at 20.00 his odds are only going to drop. His last start was the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where the French horse finished just outside a place. He is a great Each Way bet here after sorting out his jumping.
VICENTE is out at 26.00 right now and this Paul Nicholls-trained eight-year-old will probably see his price rise before the start of the the Grand National. Vicente has not won a race since the Scottish Grand National in April 2016 and his best place since was sixth in a field of 20 in December at Doncaster. He lost to Vieux Lion Rouge last time out and shouldn’t threaten here.
Grand National Biggest Odds
Rule The World won the 2016 Grand National with a starting price at 33/1. In fact, only two horses have won the National with an SP of 15/1 or lower in the past eight years. Horse racing tipsters may like to predict the winner of the Grand National through studying the form and the going. But sometimes the best thing to do is pick your favourite name or colour.
COCKTAILS AT DAWN is the furthest shout in the Unibet Grand National odds at 101.00. That may be pushing it a bit much. But JUST A PAR at 51.00 won at Newbury on his last outing and is fittingly named on the weekend of the golf Masters. LORD WINDERMERE won the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup and while he has failed to cement his place in horse racing legend, is nevertheless a worthy Each Way bet at 51.00.