Grand National Betting Tips 07-04-2019

Published: 02.04.2019
The Spring Carnival is seven months away, but Australian punters can get their fill of glamorous racing action with this week’s Grand National.

The Randox Health Grand National Steeplechase takes place at Aintree in Liverpool, England in the early hours of Sunday morning. This is one of the flagship events of the British racing calendar, and it’s been known for throwing out an upset or two.

No favourite has won the 4 mile 3 ½ furlongs (6.907 km) steeplechase since 2010, and five of the last seven winners have carried odds of 25.00 or more. In 2012, Aurora’s Encore even won from 66.00 odds.

As Sunday draws closer, Aussie punters will be asking: is there a horse capable of coming from long odds and winning the 2019 Grand National?

Grand National Favourite: Tiger Roll

No horse has won the Grand National back-to-back since Red Rum did it in 1973-4 (and a third time in ’77). Yet that hasn’t stopped online bookies like bet365 from installing last year’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll as the hot 4.50 favourite to win this year’s race. The Gordon Elliot-trained Irish stayer will be carrying an extra 9lbs into the 2019 Grand National. With that said, a big handicap didn’t seem to bother him when he stormed home to win the Cheltenham Festival Cross Country race in March.

You have to go all the way down to 11.00 to find the next horses in Grand National betting: Irish veteran Rathvinden and French stayer Anibale Fly. Rathvinden is aiming to become the fourth 11-year-old to win the Grand National in eight years, and he’s carrying good form having won over 4 miles at Cheltenham last month. Anibale Fly finished fourth in last year’s Grand National, but must find a way to plug the 11 ½ gap that separated him from Tiger Roll.

Top 2019 Grand National Underdogs

With such a rich history of Grand National betting upsets, Australian punters will be running the ruler over the form guide in the hope of finding a gem. Some of the dark horses being written about in weeks leading up to this year’s Grand National include: Mall Dini, 21.00, Rock The Kasbah, 26.00, Jury Duty, 29.00, Tea For Two, 81.00, and Sandymount Duke, 81.00.

Mall Dini looks like a good prospect for an each-way bet, given this is his first run in this race and he’s coming off a second placing in the 3-mile Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham. He would be at shorter odds if not for the fact that he hasn’t won a steeplechase from 14 attempts.

Jury Duty is the second-best prospect out of Gordon Elliot’s stable, after Tiger Roll. The eight-year old is coming off two strong wins back in Ireland. He’s never raced this distance and never raced fences, but he has tasted success on a variety of courses, which suggests he could compete well at the Grand National.


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