Grand National Preview

After the excitement of the world’s richest flat race, the Dubai World Cup, attention turns to Aintree Racecourse, where the world’s most famous horse race, the Grand National, takes centre stage next saturday, 5th April.

The Grand National is the supreme test for horses and riders, with it’s daunting course, fearsome fences and traditional huge field, and this 4 and a half mile test often lives up to the name of it’s inaugural winner in 1839, Lottery.

Looking forward, Donald McCain, son of the legendary Ginger, saddles the likely favourite, Cloudy Lane, winner of it’s last 3 races. The Irish have trained 6 of the last 10 winners, including the last 3, and they are strongly represented again with Slim Pickings, 3rd last year, Snowy Morning, Point Barrow, Chelsea Harbour and the 2005 winner, Hedgehunter amongst their runners.

Jockeywise, champion Tony McCoy, yet to win the race, is likely to be on board Butler’s Cabin, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, and owned by fearless Irish punter J.P. McManus, whilst top pilot Ruby Walsh looks set to team up with Hedgehunter once more for a 4th attempt at the big prize.

Some bookmakers bet each-way 1,2,3,4 and 5 compared to the usual first 4 and there are many special bets available , such as predicting the number of finishers. Get all the odds from our sites,, and

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