It has been two weeks since the Cheltenham Festival and racing fans are already itching for the next instalment of spectacular rides at Aintree next month, including one of the sport's most famous races in the world, the Grand National.
The Grand National is the one race in the UK where in essence the nation comes to a standstill. It is the race where almost everyone decides to place a bet on a horse that either has a funny name or some personal meaning to them, resulting in one of the most highly-anticipated sporting moments of the entire sporting calendar.
Last year, we were treated to a spectacular moment at Aintree when 50/1 Noble Yeats stormed to Grand National victory for owner Robert Waley-Cohen, and was ridden by his son, Sam Waley-Cohen, on his final ride in the sport.
As we are just over a fortnight away from the Grand National, many punters will be rewatching a lot of the races from Cheltenham to get a better understanding of which horses are in the best shape to be crowned champion this year.
The current favourite is Corach Rambler at 6/1, who recorded a second consecutive Ultima Handicap Chase victory at Cheltenham. The nine-year-old stayed strong throughout the race and made a strong push at the final fence and did enough to beat Fastorslow by a neck. His staying ability is incredible and is his greatest asset, something which is going to be crucial in the hunt for a Grand National crown.
Then there is Noble Yeats at 8/1, looking to match the greats Tiger Roll and Red Rum in winning back-to-back Grand Nationals. He is carrying more weight (11st 11lb) than he was heading to Aintree last year, but he knows the course extremely well and is a strong stayer. Despite finishing fourth in the Gold Cup, Noble Yeats had another strong run as trainer Emmett Mullins said it is all systems go with his return to Merseyside.
Gordon Elliott’s star Delta Work could be set for a lot of backing after a brilliant performance to win the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the festival earlier this month. Delta Work has always been a horse with an incredible engine and stays well. His latest triumph at Cheltenham would suggest he is at the peak of his physical powers and this might be his greatest shot at adding a Grand National title to his impressive CV. He is priced at 11/1.
Conflated is another one of Elliott’s best chances for a winner in the Aintree showpiece in April and he is available at 14/1. Conflated gave an impressive run in the Gold Cup, placing third behind Galopin Des Champs and Bravemansgame. He stayed well and his jumping looked smooth. Galvin is also heading to Aintree as a strong competitor for Elliott and he is priced at 16/1. He delivered a convincing run in the Glenfarclas Chase and pushed stablemate Delta Work in the final stretch.
Lastly, Envoi Allen will be heading to Aintree with a chance after an impressive victory in the Ryanair Chase for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore. The nine-year-old looked back to his best at Cheltenham as he stormed to victory as the pre-race favourite Shishkin disappointed. We all know how devastating the De Bromhead/Blackmore combination can be in this particular race with their triumph with Minella Times back in 2021. Envoi Allen is available at 16/1.
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