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4 Jan 2019

The Last Favourite to Win the Grand National

So what's your favourite horse race?

I guess it depends whether you love Flat racing or the National Hunt ticks your box. In truth, both codes have fixtures which capture the heart and mind. 

Flat racing aficionados and fashionistas have Royal Ascot in their sights. The pomp and ceremony of big hats, posh frocks and gallons of pink champagne. Not forgetting the horse racing. The best thoroughbreds from across the world. Talented trainers and top-ranked jockeys.

Perhaps you just love the spectacle of watching a horse jump a fence. 

The Grand National isn't just any old race with any old fences. If a jockey wasn't sitting on a horse, they'd need a ladder to look over the other side of these towering obstacles, padded with spruce. Names such as The Chair, Becher's Brook, Foinavon tell stories that made them infamous. For many and varied reasons, these fences are more famous than most horses. A number named after surprise winners at fantastic odds (Foinavon 100/1 in 1967).

This year's Festival from 12 -14 April. 

5:15 Aintree, Saturday 14th April 2018 Radox Health Grand National.  

Got a fancy for the race? 

If you are looking for the best information, then feast your eyes on 2018 Grand National Tips. The ante-post market is warming up for this Grade 3 (Class 1) Handicap over 4 miles 2 furlongs & 74 yards. 

It's a tough race. 

Last year, One For Arthur won at odds of 14/1 for trainer Lucinda Russel and owners Two Golf Windows. 

So which horses are at the top of the betting for 2018 Grand National. 

A few familiar names:

Blaklion could well start favourite. Nigel Twiston-Davies nine-year-old bay gelding ran a gallant fourth in the 2018 Grand National when 8/1f. 

The last favourite to win the National was in 2010 when Don't Push It proved a memorable day for Tony McCoy and Jonjo O'Neil. Before that, the ill-fated Comply Or Die in 2008, trained by David Pipe in the familiar silks of David Johnson.

One runner that has been seriously backed is Kim Bailey's The Last Samuri. This chestnut gelding is a consistent type. With total win earnings at almost £400,000 this son of Flemensfirth is no stranger to the big occasion. He disappointed in last year's race when finishing a poor 16th of 40. However, in 2016 he finished a noble second to Rule The World. The Last Samuri has been backed form 40/1 - 16/1 so there is confidence about this charge.

As we know, anything can happen in this steeplechase. Did you know that five horses have won at 100/1? The most recent being Mon Mome in 2009, trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Liam Treadwell. 

Win, lose or draw, the Grand National 2018 will tell a story like those of the past. Few horses come close to the triple-winning Red Rum who proved victorious in 1973, 1974 & 1977. 

This could be the year you win.