The 2019 Grand National is now just a few days away as punters from around the world make their selections ahead of the one of the greatest spectacles in sport. We countdown three of the most popular selections on the run up to the race.
3) Anibale Fly
The nine year old is trained by one of the shrewdest operators in the game, in Tony Martin. He will be heading the weights but for good reason. He is entering the race following being beaten only two and a half lengths in the Cheltenham Gold cup last month. He has clearly improved from last year, having also placed third in the 2018 running of the Gold cup.
Anibale also has previous experience of the race having ran fourth in the 2018 national, but he was given a very suspect ride as he has kept very wide and away from the other horses for much of the race, as if to gain experience for this year’s race. This could have been the plan for some time and he goes in with a very strong chance of victory, despite top weight. He has also proved a popular selection for many using the latest Ladbrokes Promo code.
The 11 year old is trained by a master in Willie Mullins, who of course came agonisingly close last season with Pleasant company being beaten in a photo. Rathvinden enters the race off a lovely weight and stays forever, having battled well to land the 2018 National hunt chase at the Cheltenham festival. He returned following a near year out to contest the Bobbyjo chase, and won virtually on the bridle as he just had to be pushed out on the run in to beat Alpha Des Obeaux. He enters the race as one of the key horses to follow, whose chance is clear to see.
After market leader Magic Of Light unseats mid-race, Rathvinden runs down the long-term leader Alpha Des Obeaux to secure the Bobbyjo Chase
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1) Tiger Roll
Where better to end than with one of the true legends of the sport, who could be set to go off the shortest priced favourite in the history of the race. The nine year old is trained by Gordon Elliott and will be looking to emulate Red Rum in winning the national for the second year in succession. He has been allotted a mark nine pound higher than last season, but following his destructive performance at the Cheltenham festival is now very much well in. He has returned in the form of his life and looks to have a very strong chance of again winning the race. He is without a doubt going to prove a very popular selection amongst many punters, to further cement his lengendary status.
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