On Tuesday, a total of 107 entries were revealed for the Randox Grand National at Aintree Racecourse. The Irish mopped up in the race last season with ten of the the first 11 finishers and they look set to dominate proceedings yet again.
Two-time National hero Tiger Roll has been dropped to a mark of 155 over fences by the Irish handicapper. However, will the British handicapper be as lenient. He missed the race last season as connections felt he had an unfair weight to burden.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out but he has been entered for the race and is a general 33-1 chance with the bookmakers. Could he emulate the great Red Rum and win three Grand Nationals?
After yesterday’s Grand National entries, one horse stood out to me as a must-bet at the prices so let’s take a look at that runner in more detail now.
The National seems to be a horse dominated by Gordon Elliott-trained runners but it’s a Willie Mullins horse that I am interested in. Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, Ontheropes has been crying out for a test of this nature and we should finally see what he is capable of when he runs in the Grand National.
Both of his career wins have come on right-handed tracks so there is a slight worry that he may be better going that way round. However, he ran an eyecatching race in the Hennessy at Newbury when a staying-on fourth. He was well beaten but 3m2f was an inadequate test and he was only getting going.
Moving on to the Thyestes at Gowran Park last month, again he was a huge eyecatcher. Ontheropes raced in mid-division but clobbered several fences and one jump in particular stopped all momentum and he was in rear. It looked like he might have been pulled up at that point but O’Keeffe persisted in the saddle.
To go on and finish fifth in the Thyestes after those errors and from such an uncompromising position was very taking. Again, he was only getting going once the race was over. Step this lad up to 4m2f and we may just have a National winner on our hands.
Tip Advice: Back Ontheropes with Coral @ 50-1
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