Grand National 2008 Guide

The greatest horse race on earth takes place at Aintree on Saturday. The Grand National 2008 run over a distance of four and a half miles and thirty fences is the ultimate test for man and horse. 

The current favourite at around 6/1 is Cloudy Lane trained by D.McCain jnr [son of Ginger McCain trainer of the one and only Red Rum]. Owner Trevor Hemmings is also represented by previous Grand National winner and top weight Hedgehunter. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is looking to land a famous double following his Denman victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. His likely two Grand National Runners are course winner Mr Pointment and Turko. Nicholls is particuarly keen to win this race as he trained 2007 Grand National winner Silver Birch before selling him at Doncaster Sales following injury.

Irish trainers are looking to extend their winning sequence to four with leading hope Slim Pickings trained by Tom Taffe. The Welsh wizard Peter Bowen saddles McKelvey with the international flavour is added to by L’Ami from France. Another son of a former winning trainer is David Pipe who runs Comply or Die for leading owner David Johnson.

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