‘Pick the winner with us’? Sounds a bit on the optimistic side, doesn’t it? Well, sure. After all, there are no guarantees in horse racing. But we picked out the winner of the 2018 Grand National for you all last year, didn’t we? So you could do a lot worse than follow our advice here for the 2019 Grand National.
The showpiece steeplechase of the year, The Randox Health 2019 Grand National will be the 172nd annual race of its kind and comes to us all – as ever – from the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool. The 2019 Grand National Festival takes place all weekend, with some 21 races being run. But the man event kicks off on Saturday 6th April at 5.15pm.
Before you settle on a winner, why not check out our guide to the best runners, the best value and a few weird ways to pick your horse for it, eh?
PLEASE NOTE: The final 40 horses generally aren’t confirmed officially until a day before the race. So don’t be surprised if one or two of the horses below don’t make the final cut. Our advice? Double check on the day who’s definitely running…
To stand a real shot of selecting a winner from the forty-strong line-up of horses at this year’s National, your best bet is to follow the odds. It’s quite simple – the shorter the odds, the more bets are being placed on a particular nag. The more bets, the more people are thinking it’ll run well.
Obviously, picking a 10/1 winner isn’t as lucrative as picking a 100/1 winner, but it’s much more likely.
Here are the favourites as it stands:
Tiger Roll: 7/2 – Last year’s winner, you’ve got to fancy that he’ll run well. But at 7/2, we’d steer well clear.
Anibale Fly: 10/1 – JP McManus last won The National nine years ago. He hopes to bag another with Anibale Fly, who ran third in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup and fourth in the 2018 Grand National.
Rathvinden: 12/1 – Win and the highly-capable Rathvinden will become Willie Mullins’ second winner in the Grand National and also the fourth 11 year-old to win the race since 2012.
The Long Shots
On the day, there will be plenty of long-odds outsiders to pick from. So for any of you that fancy backing a big underdog/horse, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Most, though – bear in mind – don’t stand much chance of glory.
There will be some juicy odds available on decent GGs in with a shout, though. Here a few that catch our beady eyes:
Go Conquer: 33/1 – Effective on good ground, this Irish horse comes from the Twiston-Davies yard and, while inexperienced, could run a big race.
Noble Endeavour: 40/1 – A runner that likes a fence, Noble Endeavour won the 28-runner Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown a few years ago and could go well.
General Principle: 40/1 – A nice weight here, this horse won the Irish Grand National a year ago and is pretty big at 40s.
The Grey Nags
If you can’t be bothered trying to work out which one of the scores of identical horses are yours, here’s a cheat – just bet on the greys. Alright, so grey horses don’t have a great reputation at The National, but still. It makes knowing which horse to shout at on the telly a lot easier.
These two are grey and are actually a couple of the more fancied runners this year…
Vintage Clouds: 16/1 – This Trevor Hemmings-owned beauty is trained by Sue Smith, who won The Grand National back in 2013. Vintage Clouds finished well at The Scottish National last year, is in fine form and knows the track. We like this horse a lot.
Lake View Lad: 20/1 – Another of Trevor Hemmings stable, this consistent horse rarely disappoints and could be one to look out for as fifth favourite.
The Funny Names
If you find form, the going, handicaps and trainers’s records all a bit confusing – and you hate the colour grey… Don’t fret. Just take a random stab at a horse. Not literally though, of course. That would be cruel.
We’re saying pick a horse to back at random. We always say that if you’re going to go down that road, you may as well pick one with a daft name.
With that in mind, here are three to consider…
Captain Redbeard: 25/1 – Who doesn’t like the idea of a ginger pirate, eh?
Joe Farrell: 40/1 – We can’t be sure if this is actually a horse and not just a fella who’s been accidentally registered as a horse. We hope it’s the latter.
Out Sam: 40/1 – Given Gareth Southgate’s huge success as England boss, this is a phrase we’re glad the FA uttered to his gravy-drinking dodgepot predecessor.
Our 2019 Grand National Tips
We’re going to pick out two here, a shorter price runner we really like the look of and a longer odds each-way entrant that we think is well worth a cheeky nibble…
We’re backing Vintage Clouds to win at 16/1. He’s a great horse and also a grey horse. Easy to spot and hot to trot. Lump on.
For a little more speculative a bet, we’re going to have a small tickle on General Principle (40-1) to place. A couple of pound coins each-way could see a nice little profit.
Whatever happens, enjoy the race!
Join us for all the build-up and, of course, the big race itself. We’ll be showing live coverage of The 2019 Grand National in every single one of our sports bars nationwide…
If you’re having a small flutter on one of our tips – best of British!