Grand National Bets: Three Tips For The Aintree Showpiece

Grand National Bets: Former Triumph Hurdle winner Farclas looks a major player in the Grand National.
Grand National Bets: Former Triumph Hurdle winner Farclas looks a major player in the Grand National.

I have picked out three bets for the Randox Grand National.

Aintree Tips

17:15 – 4m2½f Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Cloth Cap, impressive when winning his last two starts, looks a worthy favourite on form, but his price is incredibly short for a race of this nature. It is also easy to see why the consistent Burrows Saint, who won the Irish Grand National in 2019, is towards the head of the market. Both should go well but I’ll be opposing them in the hope that one of the bigger-priced runners can win the race.

As a seven-year-old, the statistics are against FARCLAS (1 point win bet at 20/1), but I believe there is plenty in his favour and he is my main selection. Jack Kennedy’s mount won the 2018 Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and although he failed to win another race over timber, he has made a really good start to his chasing career. Having won his first three starts over the larger obstacles, he was then off the track for over 500 days before returning with a fifth-place finish. He has since run well in big-field handicaps, finishing 3rd/22, 4th/22 (both at Leopardstown) before an excellent second behind The Shunter at Cheltenham last month. That horse franked the form by finishing second to Protektorat here on Thursday, and with that in mind, today’s handicap mark of 146 and a weight of just 10-3 looks very attractive. He is unproven over this sort of trip but so are many of the runners. He was strong at the finish last time out and should relish the decent ground.

Chris Baker Grand National Tip
Farclas silk

Farclas

lost
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There are two more at bigger prices that have also caught my eye. CANELO (0.5 point win bet at 40/1) beat the classy Ibleo last year and has shown improved form this season having been fitted with cheekpieces. After an easy win on the Mildmay course here in November, he stayed on well to win a Grade 3 over three miles at Wetherby on Boxing Day. He is given another chance despite two lesser efforts since that win.

Chris Baker Grand National Tip
Canelo silk

Canelo

Fell

GIVE ME A COPPER (0.5 point win bet at 50/1), the representative of Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden, is one that should relish this extreme test of stamina on ‘perfect’ good to soft ground. A three-time winner over 3m-3m1f, he has also been outpaced before plugging on over that sort of trip on several occasions. Extremely lightly-raced for an 11-year-old, he should be spot on for this third outing of the season.

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Chris Baker Grand National Tip
Give Me A Copper silk

Give Me A Copper

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