Calling Pete, Bill, Vic, Bob, Glen, Giles, Alan or Junior for the Grand National

Grand National Names is an interesting way to pick a horse

Are you called Pete, Bill, Vic, Bob, Glen, Giles or Junior? Then there is a Grand National horse for you to bet on. Names are another likely source of bets and this year we are spoiled for choice with many names appearing. You’ll notice the special bet for the ladies below!

16. According to Pete,  33/1 with Ladbrokes bet

According To Pete: Should love the ground and has run well to win at Haydock over three miles already this year. I just get the feeling he is vulnerable in the closing stages of his races and he has to really work hard to keep the pace in some of his races. He was easily brushed aside by one of Paul Nicholls team last time and I would not suggest an investment on this horse over the Aintree distance, unless your name is Pete and you do not mind losing your money. Rating 4/10

 32. Swing Bill,  100/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Swing Bill: Never showed any interest last time out in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham, trainer David Pipe will no doubt have him spot on for Saturdays race but he will need a career best performance and then some to trouble the judge in this year’s event. Rating 3/10

36. Vic Venturi, 66/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Vic Venturi: Dessie Hughes’s has been plying his trade in Hunter Chases and Point to Point races recently and was brought down in last year’s National when a 50/1 chance. The same fate awaits him this year but he will be nearer to 150/1 and will not be winning. Rating 2/10


 20. Rare Bob,  25/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Rare Bob: Rare Bob was going quiet well last time out when unseating in the handicap that Prince De Beauchene went on to win at the National meeting. Since then he has not seen the winner’s enclosure and will take a lot of his opponents not to show up on Saturday before that changes run changes. Bob will do well to finish in the first ten places. Rating 3/10


27. Killyglen,  16/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Killyglen: Fell in last year’s race when still in contention, a winner last time out at Down Royal but that race was run in a terribly slow time and that form would not be good enough to win this race. Another horse that is available around the 16/1 price but I do not see Killyglen reaching the frame. Rating 4/10

 24. Giles Cross,  18/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Giles Cross: This horse is a great jumper and really flies at his fences, sometimes that is not always an ideal tac-tic at Aintree. However he stays as well as any and jockey Paddy Brennan is more than a safe pair of hands in the saddle. Time-form have him as one of the best handicapped horses in the race and although he will give a good account of himself I am not sure the ground will be soft enough to make the difference. Rating 6/10


 10. Junior,  14/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Junior:  There are not many horses that have won at Royal Ascot, Cheltenham and the Grand National meeting, Junior already has the first two in the bag and will attempt a rare treble on Saturday. A good run last time behind Ikorodu Road at Doncaster should put Junior spot on for the big day; he was 20 lengths clear of the third that day. He is the right age and is officially 5lb well in at the weights with more improvement to come trainer David Pipe has had nothing but good things to say about this horse in recent weeks. He is currently very close to the top of the market and will no doubt be shorter on the day. All positives and a definite chance you may think, I don’t. The reason is I have watched the re-runs of his last few races and he does not seem to get to high at his fences, if you do not respect the Aintree fences you will soon be on the deck, his stamina is promised but not guaranteed and for these reasons there will be no value at backing the horse at single figures. If he does manage to get his jumping right he may well be in with a chance on the final circuit but if I was to take on one of the favourites Junior would be the one. Rating 5/10


 3. Wierd Al,  40/1 with Ladbrokes bet

Weird Al: Another runner for the Donald McCain but perhaps should change his name to Frustrating Al as he has never run two races the same in the last couple of seasons. Pulled up in the Gold Cup last time, the ground has changed in his favour but he has 11st 8lb to carry and not for me. Rating 3/10


One for the Ladies!


 18. Always Right (E/W TIP),  25/1 with Ladbrokes bet

 18. Always Right: The fact that this horse has been pulled up in his last two races may not be a major concern, before that he has shown pretty good and consistent form over long distances in some pretty good races at Kelso, Ayr and Doncaster. He was going pretty well in the Scottish National before clouting the fence two out and is not without a chance. I will put his last two disappointing performances down to the ground being too soft for his liking and at expected odds of around 33/1 he could be another outsider at a big price that may hit the frame. Rating 6/10

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