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Grand National 2019 Betting Preview

The Grand National is finally here. Will we see Tiger Roll become the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals? Will One For Arthur come back to triumph like he did in 2017? Can Pleasant Company go one better? With a 40-strong field, the race looks set to be an absolute belter.

Without doubt, the best horse in the field is reigning champion Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliott. The current favourite at 9-2 is one of the shortest-priced favourites we have ever seen for the National; but we all know it isn't quite as simple as that.

The gruelling four-mile course takes no prisoners and, with 30 fences to jump, jockeys will be hoping for that little bit of luck to help them land the prestigious prize.

Away from the market leader, Ruby Walsh has opted to ride for Willie Mullins and Rathvinden is a well-fancied alternative to be victorious on Saturday afternoon. The 11-year-old won the National Hunt Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival and landed the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on his seasonal reappearance.

He beat Ms Parfois on that occasion, a former Cheltenham winner, and can stay the distance – a vital skill to have in his locker. At 10-1, he is the clear market rival to steal Tiger Roll’s crown.

Lake View Lad is also challenging at the top of the market, currently best priced at 14-1. The main reason for this is his reliability as a horse. He’s either won or placed in 11 of his 12 chase starts and recently ran a blinder at the Cheltenham Festival. With a bit of luck and a clear round, the nine-year-old could well be in the mix come the final fence.

Last year’s runner up, Pleasant Company, was a neck second to Tiger Roll and is the only horse to get near him over the last couple of seasons. This Willie Mullins runner is as short as 14-1 with Marathonbet but as big as 20-1 with Bet365 to win: a reminder it is always worth shopping around for some extra value.

He’s no stranger to Aintree, having finished ninth in the 2017 National, and has clearly shown vast improvement since. Mullins has always kept the National as the main race for Pleasant Company, who will be seeking revenge against Tiger Roll.

All the hype will be around Elliott's superstar on Saturday afternoon, especially after his incredible performance in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham. However, there are 39 other runners ready to pounce – eager to steal away his title.

By Nathan Joyes
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