Grand National Tips: Ed Quigley's Grand National Tipping Preview

Grand National Tips: Anibale Fly looks a major player at huge odds.
Grand National Tips: Anibale Fly looks a major player at huge odds.

Ed Quigley 'Longshot Ted' picks out his 1-2-3-4 for the 2021 Grand National, which takes place at Aintree on Saturday afternoon...

The Grand National is here, and adrenaline levels go up a notch for racing connections, fans and punters alike. Cloth Cap looks the stand out candidate for the 2021 renewal - an exuberant front-running jumper, if getting a clean break at the start when the tape goes up, he could get into a good rhythm at the head of affairs, and avoiding a lot of the in-running carnage as a consequence. Spring ground is key to him, and he looks like getting his ideal conditions. He has five wins to his name throughout his career He is a stone 'well-in' but obviously at around the 4/1 mark, his price has gone now. Tom Scudamore is on board for the famous colours of Trevor Hemmings - an owner synonymous with this famous race and he would be a fitting winner.

Grand National Tips

From a handicapping perspective, the Tony Martin-trained ANIBALE FLY is a horse, as mentioned previously, I think has outstanding each-way claims. The 11-year-old will be tuned up for this after a spin around Fairyhouse in the Bobbyjo Chase last month, and this lighter preparation compared to previous years could be a key factor. Purely on weights and measures, he comes into the reckoning.

He was 4th in this contest in 2018 off a rating of 159; and in 2019 he came 5th off 164. The test clearly suits, and he arrives this time around as a more street-wise 11-year-old off 155. After his first attempt at the Grand National, connections reported that they felt a busy season may have just taken the edge off him having contested Irish and Cheltenham Gold Cups in the two preceding months as he finished a very tired horse. Coming in here a fresher horse looks a shrewd move, and with only 10st 12lb on his back, it would be no surprise to see him in the hunt once more with Bristol De Mai looking likely to head the weights.

Denis O'Regan is the perfect partner for this horse, a jockey full of experience over these fences, who should be able to switch him off and get him to pop round. The 33/1 on offer for a horse who has run well in this off higher marks looks more than fair as a solid each-way player.

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You can make a case for many others at bigger prices, including Mister Malarky, who is an excellent jumper and Ok Corral who I think can outrun their odds at tasty prices. The Grand National is the one big race missing off the CV of Nicky Henderson, and although being an outsider, he can give a good account of himself. Bristol De Mai, may well be up against it in regards to his weight burden, but has a touch of class, and brings the proven Grade 1 form to his name as you would expect of a horse running in this off top weight. He enjoys a flat track and is an excellent jumper so should go well for a long way.

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Burrows Saint and Any Second Now lead the Irish challenge as far as the betting is concerned and both command plenty of respect and will have a lot of supporters on the day, along with Minella Times who has the services of the all-conquering Cheltenham jockey Rachael Blackmore. Win, lose or draw, enjoy what is a wonderful spectacle - the world's most famous race!

Grand National 1-2-3-4

  1. Anibale Fly
  2. Cloth Cap
  3. Burrows Saint
  4. Bristol De Mai
Ed Quigley Grand National Tip
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