Grand National 2019 Tips: Who could beat Tiger Roll to the post?
Odds and preview for Saturday’s racing at Aintree
After all the build-up, the Grand National is finally here. And we may see history being made today, as Tiger Roll could become the shortest National favourite to win for a century.
But if you’re not looking to back the favourite, we’ve taken a look at three other contenders in the Aintree centrepiece.
And we’ve also tipped up the other six races on Saturday’s race card too…
A strong showing is expected from Rathvinden, who’s been lightly-raced since storming to victory in the 4m National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last year.
He’s only been entered in one race by connections this year, which may prove to be a canny move. The 11-year-old looked in great shape as he comfortably won at Fairyhouse in February.
He tends to run well whatever the going and after Al Boum Photo’s Gold Cup triumph, a Rathvinden win in the National would cap off an excellent season for Willie Mullins.
Lake View Lad
Impressive victories in the Rehearsal Chase and the Rowland Meyrick marked Lake View Lad as one to watch for the National.
He followed those wins up with a third-place finish in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, carrying the same handicap as he has here. The extra distance at Aintree could allow the nine-year-old to stretch his legs.
With Trevor Hemmings chasing a historic fourth win as an owner, this nine-year-old could be pushing for the front.
Another Mullins’ runner, Pleasant Company came agonisingly close to pipping Tiger Roll last year, only to lose by a short head. Now a year older and 7lb higher up the ratings, can he go one better this time around?
His recent form isn’t much to shout about – he’s only run twice since the 2018 National, finishing well off the frame at Leopardstown and Gowran Park.
But everything he’s done since that heart-breaking loss has been geared towards getting him ready for this race. If he can run as well as he did 12 months ago, he’s got a real chance of bringing it home.
Aintree Festival Day 3 Tips:
1:45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle – Burrows Park (each-way)
2:25pm Mersey Novices’ Hurdle – Bewin’upastorm
3:00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase – Us And Them
3:40pm Ryanair Stayers Hurdle – Apple’s Jade
4:20pm Betway Handicap Steeple Chase – Mister Malarky
6:20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle – Lord Yeats
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing