This Saturday sees the best known race in the world at 5.15pm, our Grand National Tips are live on the site now as we bid to follow up the success of One For Arthur who was selected in 2017. These big Festival meetings are often full of short priced favourites who are not everybody’s cup of tea. For those who like a tilt at bigger prices over the three days of Aintree, myracing brings you 5 outsiders who could make you rich at Aintree.
Gary Moore has never hid the high regard in which he holds this juvenile hurdler. He mentioned him first in a Racing UK interview at Huntingdon, days before his debut for Moore at Ascot. He would’ve dotted up in that race but for coming down at the last, travelling in the manner of a very good animal. He was arguably disappointing when turned over at Sandown the only other time we have seen him, but that was a messy small field on desperate ground. That probably isn’t a great form guide but the winner has won since to make it look respectable. Moore has won at this meeting with the likes of Ubak in recent years and he arrives fresh to take on those who braved the Cheltenham mud.
A 66/1 outsider but one that doesn’t deserve to be so. Admittedly he is worse off at the weights for the six length beating he received from Wonderful Charm at Musselburgh in February, but the step back in trip will suit him far more than his old rival. He was behind ex Scottish National winner Al Co earlier in the season at Kelso, again giving a bold sight at the head of affairs before being outstayed. Prominent is the best way to ride the big fences here avoiding all the trouble so if he takes to the task at hand, with the 2m6f trip looking perfect for him, he can massively outrun his price.
Placed in the Lanzarote and then the Betfair Hurdle before fifth in the County Hurdle from the same mark as this, he deserves a change of luck. This easy test at two and a half miles should suit him perfectly, rattling up the hill at Cheltenham over shorter but just unable to quicken close home at Kempton over a furlong further. He is 16/1 at time of writing for the Friday opener, with Bridget Andrews booked to ride. Andrews is riding with plenty of confidence at present, she gets on well with this horse so it would be no surprise if he were to add at least another big place to his record.
Was unable to cope with the more streetwise Chef Des Obeaux when they met in a Grade 2 at Haydock in February, putting up a solid performance in second nonetheless. That was just his third run over hurdles, showing that stamina is his strong suit. Didn’t have to improve on that to land short odds last time out at Bangor but Donald McCain will no doubt have him absolutely spot on for this assignment. The McCain yard always like to have a couple to go to war with at this meeting and while he has a bit on his plate to win on the bare face of things, missing a hard race at Cheltenham could reap the benefit now.
Maggio has been a shade unlucky down the years, trained to perfection for this race in 2016, he narrowly missed the cut, producing a career best when absolutely bolting up in the three mile chase two races before the National instead. Last year he did enough to make the cut but sustained an injury just a week before the contest and had to be withdrawn. He is a thirteen-year-old now which does make this a tough task for him but he has all the necessary to get himself round and in the mix. Owned by the same people as Auroras Encore, he can justify their long-standing faith in him at a triple figure price.