The Grand National has a special place on the sporting calendar in the UK, being the one race which really appeals to the wider public audience in the country. This year will be the 170th running of the contest at Aintree, and once again it will be broadcast on terrestrial television at 5.15pm.
If you are looking to have a bet on this year’s race, here are some of the leading contenders for you to consider.
Vieux Lion Rouge
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The most popular horse in the 2017 Grand National is likely to be Vieux Lion Rouge, as he is the 10/1 favourite in the latest betting for the race. David Pipe’s horse won the Grand National Trial at Haydock last month, and was successful around the same course at Aintree back in December in the Becher Handicap Chase. His jumping and stamina are just what participants need for this race, so you would expect him to be at the front end of the field at the business end of the contest.
Cause of Causes
Cause of Causes won for the third time in his career at the Cheltenham Festival last month when he scored in the Cross Country Chase. As you can read on the Oddschecker review of that race, he has been cut for the Grand National following that latest success. His trainer Gordon Elliott is bidding for his second victory in the contest, ten years after Silver Birch came out on top in 2007. The Irish horse has lots of experience chasing and will have no problem with the marathon distance.
The Last Samuri
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The Last Samuri finished second in the Grand National in 2016 as he chased home Rule the World. The handicapper has taken that run into account when he published the weights for this year’s contest, but it would be no surprise if Kim Bailey’s runner was to run a big race again. He jumps these bigger fences well and if he gets a little bit of luck this year he could go one place better than in 2016.
Definitly Red is a nine-year-old who is improving with each start over fences. He was successful on his last start at Doncaster in the Grimthorpe Chase by an impressive 14 lengths. The weights for the Grand National were released before that run, so he won’t be penalised at Aintree. If he can reproduce that performance at the Merseyside track, he has to be considered as one of the leading contenders.
The next declaration stage for the 2017 Grand National will be five days before the race, where we will have a very good idea about who is likely to be a part of the maximum field of 40 runners this year.