Picking a horse that fell last time out is perhaps not the most logical place to start when looking at the Grand National, but despite that, Total Recall looks to be a horse with a great chance of winning the big events. He was in the process of running a great race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup before coming down and can make amends at Aintree by taking the world's most famous steeplechase.
We have seen a lot from Total Recall this season, and all of it has been very positive. From winning the Ladbrokes Gold Cup earlier this season to running very well in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, every piece of form has pointed to a big run in the National. Even though he fell in the Gold Cup, there was a lot to take from that race and a lot to be positive about. He was just making a move and coming into contention when falling, and he looked ready to stay on up the hill and claim a place. That would have represented a serious piece of form, and only that fall is preventing Total Recall from being a clear favourite for the race with the bookmakers.
The experts over at Timeform have put the list of runners and riders together and they have also given Total Recall a favourable mention, alongside many other horses. Like every single year, the 2018 Grand National looks to be hugely competitive and many horses are in with a chance of winning. With the exception of Blaklion, Irish trainers are dominating the front of the betting, with Total Recall, Anibale Fly and Tiger Roll all towards the head of the market.
Much is spoken about with regards to who the race favourite will be, although that is something that won’t be decided until the day. If this year is like any other, we will see a big market move on the day that will push one horse to favouritism. Total Recall may have done that after Cheltenham was it not for the fall he had, but many punters will not want to back a horse who fell last time out.
However, if you can forgive him that mistake and give him another chance, then every other part of his recent form this season gives him a huge shout, and shows he should be the race favourite. From winning over hurdles in Ireland, to coming over to the UK and winning the Ladbrokes Gold Cup, every race has shown us that he is up to the Grand National test.
Had he maintained his challenge at Cheltenham, and stayed on his feet then there is no doubting that he would have finished in the top five, with a top-three finish looking likely. That piece of form would have instantly propelled him to clear favourite for the race, and would have been enough to leave him head and shoulders above the opposition going into the race.